Hey there TDPRI - I've been a long time lurker and appreciated all the great threads on builds over the years. I haven't done a build in a while and never owned a tele. I was going to do a 'cheap' tele build....Well...famous last words. I tried several brands of dye and different mediums - water, alcohol, lacquer thinner. TransTint black and blue in water worked the best for this project. Apologies for my cluttered work bench. Some testing samples: The alder back did not take stain well, so I'm thinking of doing a sonic blue solid back - not sure though. Mohawk nitro for the natural binding and will use that throughout. I will use several coats of clear first, then use sanding sealer to level / flat sand and get a very thin finish. Gets a little risky during polishing but worth the effort. I may sand this back a bit and get a faded 'blue jean' look to it, but this is pretty close to what i want. Found this body on ebay and did some digging...turns out the gentleman is a solid luthier and wanting to support small business, I also purchased a neck from him that will be here in about a month. Body is fully chambered, Alder back, 3 lbs 12oz. Have a cool Walla Walla outlaw x bridge, Mojo 4 way kit and thanks to the recommendations here, went with a Cavalier set of pickups. (Had a great conversation with Rob...what a nice fellow!) Nashville / Lion King set. All Gotoh parts otherwise, and a trick Reverend 3 string tree. Hope everyone has a safe Christmas holiday!