They're pretty popular around here. I see a lot of posts from guys making their own so if it's something that you're interested in there are resources here to get you there, templates, designs, etc that I'm sure others would be willing to share.
As for me, I like the guitar, but I'd rather have a standard telecaster
Cool! i'm planning to make a tele with similar pickguard e control plate...but normal headstock and double humbacker like jeff beck once had (or still has?) i already have to many guitars with just one pickup ( and one is a tele)
it took me a while to appreciate the feature shape esthetic of the telecaster.I now really appreciate the beauty of how for follows function aspect of the instrument ( except , the relatively hard edge along the top of the body, no tummy cut or elbow relief) The snake head looks like a prototype from preproduction stages of development (imho) and that is of course to be expected when designing the Turquoise Edsel of electric guitars.
I'm glad the design continued to evolve.
Recently picked up this body, and at the time didn't know what a snakehead was.
When I bought it, I planned on a barn caster. Even went so far as to find a 1951 Ohio truck license plate (lots of patina) to use as a pickguard. Also thinking about P90's.
Wanted to get unplated parts, then fume them with muriatic acid to further make them look old.
Once I realized what a Snakehead was, I decided that I'd build one of those. Took me a little searching to find a Snakehead neck, but Warmoth stocks them. Only problem is they don't have a pine one (don't know why I'd want pine, but at least a maple capped neck would be cool). Closest they have to the look is roasted maple.
Not my fav, but I like historical stuff. If I were going to attempt one, or custom order one, I'd "finish" it with a decent Fender logo, and maybe matching block neck and head inlay to tie the head moreso to the body. The french curve head is so iconic, I think you have to do something to make it less conspicious, or plan on a history lesson every time folks look nonplussed.