TDPRI $100 Telecaster Challenge -- Are you in?

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Some folks in England have had a £100 challenge to build a new guitar. But that's nearly $150 and they let the contestants use an existing guitar, as part of their challenge. We can do better than that -- so starts the first TDPRI $100 Telecaster Challenge.

Here are the contest details:
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1. All Entrants must enter no later than 11:59 pm on Feb 15th

2. The body MUST be made from scratch ONLY. No pre-made bodies.

3. Parts can be new or used but must be valued reasonably. Wood costs need not be included.

4. A build Thread in this forum for your build is required. When you start your build thread you are entered. Responding to this thread does NOT enter you. Only starting your build thread will. You may name your build thread anything you want but it must include the words: $100 Telecaster Challenge.

5. Photos in your build thread must show the uncut wood at the beginning (WITH a hand drawn sign showing that day's date in the photo and the words "TDPRI $100 Telecaster Challenge"). The build thread should also show the process you used to shape the wood and the finishing (all must have some sort of finish) and other stages as you see fit.

6. The finished guitar can be any kind of Telecaster (including Esquire & Broadcaster even) ever made. But it must be a working guitar, tunable and playable.

7. Your final build post will include complete photos of the finished guitar and an itemized parts list and cost list. All parts are to be listed and priced fairly -- including all screws and hardware.
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Contest ends on Sunday March 15th at 12:00 noon Central Standard US Time

A panel of judges will review the build threads, the photos and especially the final photos and determine the winner on March 17th. The winning entrant will be based on the following criteria: originality, ingenuity, appearance, and the build thread/photos.

The winner will also be given $100 in cash for his guitar and the guitar will be given away to some lucky TDPer on May 3, 2009 to celebrate the TDPRI's 10th Anniversary Extravaganza. The winner will also receive a trophy (to be shown later) and a TDPRI T-Shirt of their choice from www.telecastershirts.com.

So, are you in or are you OUT? What's it gonna be boys and girls?
Let the games begin!
 
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Question... when showing the cost of parts, do you have to include what you paid for shipping in the case on online purchases?

And what about parts that were given to you?
 

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Nope you don't have to show shipping costs nor taxes.

Parts given to you should be valued approximately.
 

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I have no desire or inclination to build a guitar...that is just something that...just no way! (it took me upwards of a minute last nite to realize I wasn't getting any sound from guitar cuz I was plugged into the wrong amp - yes, really). So, build a guitar? HA!
However, I have seen some of the pics that the members of this site have built, and I would gladly own one, especially if I were to "win" it. I'm down for entering the drawing.
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Can we build an Esquire? (saves the price of a neck pickup)
I think I'd be into this.... but a month sure is a quick build.
 

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It's THIS month. Sorry.

Yes, it's open to everyone.

There will LOTs of time to learn about entering to win the guitar after the Challenge is over. For now, it's all about getting folks to actually participate.
 

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Wot about parts what you've got in your parts box ? - How should they be costed ?

Many builders will have spare pickups, pots, knobs, screws, pgs, saddles, nuts, tuners, bits of wire, solder, dye, beer, lacquer, etc, just lying around, with no idea where the reciepts went, or if there were any.

If it were a pro-job, you'd have to include tooling, labour, administration and overheads.
 

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Wot about parts what you've got in your parts box ? - How should they be costed ?

Many builders will have spare pickups, pots, knobs, screws, pgs, saddles, nuts, tuners, bits of wire, solder, dye, beer, lacquer, etc, just lying around, with no idea where the reciepts went, or if there were any.

If it were a pro-job, you'd have to include tooling, labour, administration and overheads.

Well, trust everyone to afix a reasonable price to the parts in their bin. Got a bin full of knobs? Use the worst of the lot and value them cheap. Don't use Vintique (ugh) knobs and value them at $2.

No labor costs etc. Even Pro builders build for fun. It's not for sale its to see who can do it for CHEAP while making it good.
 

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My wheels are spinning now.

What about wood costs? Do we estimate the value of the wood as the board we purchase, or the part of the board we use for this build. I mean lets say I go to the lumber yard and buy a 16 foot board that I can make 8 bodies out of it. If the board cost 200$, do I equate the value of my board as 25$?

I reckon Im going to get parts.
Does sandpaper count? Just because its cheap doesn't mean it has to look like hell.
 

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Wood costs will not be included. This will encourage people to use the best woods.
 
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