Fun Tele Build

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I lurk on this forum from time to time, but don't think I've posted much. I wanted to show this "Fender" American Standard Tele that I put together with parts that I decided on for myself. I did everything in this build with the exception of cutting the nut which I had a local tech do for me. I could have walked into Guitar Center and bought a Fender American Standard for less money, but this is build is special for me, custom for me, using the parts I wanted and even splurging on the overpriced knobs and switch tip. Also the tone knob is push pull to split the bridge humbucker.

The cavities are shielded with copper, and I wish I took a picture, the cavities are beautiful. I have a solid copper wire soldered and joining all of the cavities. The main focus of this build is it's basically a Fender American Standard (I used many Fender American parts) but the body is a custom pine body like tele's were build long ago. I chose the Gotoh bridge to fit the vintage hole pattern in the body, otherwise I would have used a Fender American bridge. I really fell in love when I saw the body for sale on reverb in my state, I love the wood grain, that's what started this build.

Here is the cost breakdown and the pictures.

$1561.77 total
Body (Guitars by Buren) - $119 + $18 shipping + $9.07 tax = $146.07
Gotoh GTC201 Bridge - $65.34 + free shipping + $4.06 tax = $65.34
Genuine Fender (8 hole) Pickguard - $34.76 + free shipping + $2.30 tax = $37.06
Slanted Control Plate, Pots, Wiring Kit, Jack Plate, Jack - $90.43 + 12.99 shipping + $6.86 tax = $110.28
Lucky Dog Vol/Tone Knobs - $40 + $3.85 shipping + $2.91 tax = $46.76
Lucky Dog Copper Switch Knob - $26.00 + $3.25 shippingg + $1.94 tax = $31.19
Allparts Strap Buttons - $7.44 + free shipping + $0.52 tax = $7.96
Genuine Fender American Standard Neck - $499.99 subtotal + free shipping + $33.12 tax = $533.11
Genuine Fender USA Neck Plate (w/Screws) - $19.88 + $5.00 shipping + $1.65 tax = $26.53
Genuine Fender USA Locking Tuners, Staggered - $61.69 + free shipping + $3.83 tax = $61.69
Dimarzio Chopper T and Dimarzio Twang King - $159.98 + free shipping + $10.60 tax = $170.58
Luthier Setup and Nut Filing - $105.00 + $6.96 tax = $111.96
Genuine Telecaster Molded Case - $199.99 + free shipping + $13.25 tax = $213.24
 

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Happy Enchilada

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Nice guitar! I've owned a pile of guitars over the years, and my all-time favorite Tele is Linda Lou, my thinline with Bootstrap pickups (Pretzel in bridge, Hot P90 neck). When you build a guitar from scratch, you get to pick every piece of hardware that goes on it. The end result is a true reflection of your creativity and a joy to play. Congratulations!
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