What is YOUR favorite T style builder and why?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by horax, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Fender. I have two absolutely outstanding, untouchable Fender Teles. I also have one very, very good one. And they have the "right" looking headstock and decal. The three Teles mentioned are a '02 spec-built, one-of-a-kind Custom Shop (Esquire, actually), a '58 AV, and an '04 Aerodyne (I'm the original owner).

    G&L is second. The guitar is a limited run 2016 nitro-finished ASAt Classic. Very, very cool, very, very rare, and very-very good.

    Sure, I assemble my own, as most of us do. But I am not counting that.

    A Tele is not the kind of guitar I would bother to have an expensive guy build for me. We are in the golden age of to-spec parts assemblies and even at-home nitro finishing. I can do a to-spec parts assembly, home painted or professionally painted, totally authorized by Fender, for less than I would pay a guy to do the same thing from scratch, not authorized at all. This is not to say that the guitars from these guys are not good; of course they are. I just don't find my Teles lacking in some way that would cause me to feel I need these other builders' products. If I am gonna drop $2K on a Tele, I can get what I need from Fender proper, or by spec'ing a top-notch parts assembly myself.

    Also, the cosmetics matter to me. I need to have a good looking headstock design. And I have never seen one I like, outside of Fender and G&L.
     
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  2. stefanhotrod

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    My own work :), in all modesty
    I know that everything from stringretainer screw to the handwound pickups are simply perfect. I only use the best parts available.
    My Teles sound like early Fifties and they play like today :cool:

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  3. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

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    Here's my Forrest Lee Jr. He will build you whatever you want, and he is a super nice guy to work with.

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  4. igor5

    igor5 Tele-Meister

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    Doesn't matter. A tele car does not depend on the manufacturer. It is all about put together good parts on it.
     
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  5. etype

    etype Tele-Afflicted

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    Beautiful guitar; what bridge it that?
     
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  6. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

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    Fender. The original is good enough for me.
     
  7. DFB1

    DFB1 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Fender, because I can't afford a custom build.
     
  8. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yeah, but what's he done lately? :twisted:

    And do you mean FRS, K&F, FEIC, MM or G&L? :twisted:
     
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  9. stnmtthw

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    All of my Teles are Fender. They do everything I need at a price I can afford.

    However, if I wanted something exotic, or outside of the standard Fender offerings, i would probably go with Ron Kirn, just based on his posts here. I think the Fender Custom Shop does great work, but I think the price is out of the range of what I'm willing to spend for a bolt neck guitar.
     
  10. roknfnrol

    roknfnrol Tele-Meister

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    Man, there are so many great builders: RS, MJT, Nash, SENN, Danocaster, Fender, Virgil's Vintage, Underwood, Hess, K-Line. It's like I discover a new builder/assembler ever week.
     
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  11. stefanhotrod

    stefanhotrod Tele-Meister

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    Thanks. It‘s a Truarc Serpentune in raw Alu on a handcrafted raw Alu bridge base.

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    The neckpocket on this Thinline is angled for the B16 so it doesn’t need a shim- real wood to wood contact.
     
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  12. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

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    I like assembling my own , but I have nothing against any of them.
    Even though they are very basic things , there are , as you all know , soo many options.
    Isn't it great ?
     
  13. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    As I've related here (too) many times, my #1 (avatar) has been modded so many times, that there is simply NO stock, off-the-line guitar to match it. If I wanted another, I would HAVE to have it custom built, or do it myself, as I have done all the "improvements" on my own. I wouldn't have the skills or equipment to tackle a "from scratch" build, but I can easily buy what parts and components I want from ebay, Amazon, and Warmoth.
    From what I've read on TDPRI, there are MANY great builders around. I would lean toward Ron Kirn or Bob Logan, mainly because from what I've witnessed, people like and respect them as much for being great guys as much (maybe even more) than their build qualities. I suspect we REALLY are experiencing a "GOLDEN AGE" of guitar building.....and it's a BLAST!!!!!!!
     
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  14. matrix

    matrix Tele-Meister

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    Chihoe Hahn. Without a doubt. I am the lucky owner of a Model “C” (his Jim Campilongo signature model). I have not owned or played a better tele-style guitar, and not seen a better electric at twice the price. And at a price that was well below Fender Custom Shop. Actually, on par with a top line USA Fender.

    I have been looking at the Lucky Dog site lately. I like his style...some are bit too “barn-caster relic” for my taste, but some very cool innovations and aesthetics.
     
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  15. netgear69

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    Dr Frankenstein he finds body parts etc on ebay
     
  16. stefanhotrod

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    My problem with all those 7ender CS guitars and even Masterbuilds is lacquer and Hardware. Cool guitars for sure but who really wants nitro over poly (just for the look) or cheap mass product hardware on a high end guitar besides over the top relicing?
     
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  17. regularslinky

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    I don't know how his custom builds are priced, but he also sells "shop guitars" that he makes and keeps in stock in the shop. He usually has a Bowery Pine Tele or two in stock. My Kellycaster is a "shop guitar" - Swamp Ash Mary Kaye White T-style with a "Fatback" neck profile and Fralin Stock pickups (I later put a Fralin Blues in the neck).

    It is a GREAT guitar, but pretty basic. It cost $1900 in 2014, I would guess it to be near the bottom of Rick's price ranges, and prices may have increased since then.

    I can say this: best $1900 I ever spent! And Rick threw in a nice gig bag, a Kelly Guitars T-shirt, a photo with him in his wood shop, and he let my son play the piano (rescued from some recently-closed historic venue in the Village) while we chatted.

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  18. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    These two in particular.

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  19. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Wow! Neither one of those jokes worked! :oops::twisted:
     
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  20. ClashCityTele

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    No one has mentioned poor little Squier yet.
     
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