Not much of an update - I installed some vintage-style non-locking tuners from GuitarFetish (6-on-a-plate) which look good and were super easy to put on.
Still waiting for a status update from Warmoth on the body...
18 to 20 weeks is killer. That's the lead time I used to get for hydraulic pumps at work (now it's 33-50 weeks).
It's crazy that they're so far out for a block of wood with routes and paint.
Sweet! The pickguard is a bit stark as you stated. I think cream would work.
YES! Good for you, you do it! Yes !
good on you . I admire what your doing and how you are doing it.I adjusted the pickup heights last night and got them both dialed in as well as I can manage. The humbucker is still darker than I'd like but I can't coax any more treble out of it - I've already raised the pole pieces and raised it as much as I could while matching the output of the bridge single coil. But it's a heck of a lot better than it was before tinkering with it. The middle position is now a nice blend of the two - fatness from the bucker and the sparkle from the Tele bridge.
Now I'm thinking of adding a treble bleed circuit (I have a set, just hadn't added it yet) and I'd really like to see if I can do a coil tap on the humbucker. I'm not sure if that's really doable given the Tele controls (3-way switch, volume, and tone pot) but I'm going to look into it. I may end up ditching the tone pot altogether and doing two volume pots. This way I can add a push-pull to coil tap the humbucker pretty easily. I really don't use the tone knob - I just crank it up regardless of pickup I'm using.
good on you . I admire what your doing and how you are doing it.
You start out playing the damned things as kinna a hobbie then before you know it you got a new hobbie learning to maintain and adjust them next thing your learning to assemble and tweek them , different picks and of coarse , by now you know the difference between a phase pedal and a flanger pedal and what an oil can delay sounds like and their you good what did you think you would when you retire other than fishin' and playing liar's dice at the local watering hole , with your buddies.