TDPRI $100 Telecaster Challenge -- Are you in?

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Tom S

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Leave it to Stew-Mac to sell you $15 worth of wood for 100 bucks.
 

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Cool everyone should use this... and lose even more money on this enterprise. Of course you have to order it, get it here, get your photo taken and such still and be done on March 15th.

I'm sticking with the "no charge" for wood rule.
 

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I buy most of my rough cut lumber from a local saw mill. I can get 8/4 oak, hackberry, plain maple and walnut for $3/FBM. Thats less than $12 for a chunk of really good wood suitable for a tele body. Figured woods are a bit more.
 

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What is the position on headstock shape? If you make a neck is it OK to use the Tele headstock shape as long as you make your own original decal? ... or does the shape have to be different if you make your own neck?

I am still trying to decide whether to jump in or not... I really have too much going on right now (pine esquire build and motorcycle build) to dedicate the time to this but it sounds like fun seeing what might come out of it... I have some crazy ideas though...
 

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A folk from England writes ...

Hi all

I'm one of those English people who took part in the original £100 challenge last year - and I'm taking part again this year.

It's great to see you all getting involved in something similar too. You're going to have great fun, though I don't envy the "winner" having to give their creation away!

If I'd seen this thread earlier, then I'd have joined in here too! As it is, I'll just watch from a distance ...

Tony
 

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Hey Tony, We're glad you're here!

With 15 builders it should be FUN.

Thanks!
 

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I just thought I'd share these with you ...


My first £100 build (which came in at around £70, so around $100!)
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Solid (1-piece) cherry body, with a maple/rosewood neck. I admit to buying the neck - £5 from eBay because it really needed a lot of repair work! HB in the neck and a cheapo tele bridge p'up.

And my second £100 build - actually came in less than the first one because the pickups were cheaper!
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"AXL by EMG" p'up set. On this one, I made the neck too - a mahogany/wenge creation. As you can see, the body is chambered - cherry body again with a (bookmatched!) cherry top, and a piece of mahogany inlaid around the sound holes.

I bought a whole stack of cherry, and I've still got enough for another 2 or 3 bodies!

Being totally honest, the first one (my first self-build) wasn't up to much. It played, just, but it was easily the worst guitar in my collection. So, for our UK challenge this year, I'm modding build #1 - not spending much more money on it, just spending some time. It's on the blog.
 

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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.


Do you have a link to the folks in England have had a £100 challenge to???

I just wanted to THANK them and have a looky at how they did it!

Thanks
 

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Man, I have been gone for a few months and come back to this???
GREAT idea!!! I spent all evening browsing the builds, I am excited to see how this turns out
 

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I must say this concept is a fantastic one!

I just assembled my first tele at Christmas from specific parts I chose...(I thought I "built" it), then I started a new tele project with a body slab...and I'll be adding pre crafted parts...but I haven't really "built" this one either....

But instead of being crushed by the absolute talent on this forum I have been inspired... and the next project I will "BUILD" from scratch...after all it's only wood...and flesh.

Thanks guys for documenting your building talents!
 
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