New Guitar Day (Tele Build)!

The day all us guitarist’s love… New Guitar Day!

NGD! Tele 1

I recently finished my Tele parts-caster build. I was going for a Gibson/Fender ‘Tele Junior’ look and vibe.

The body is a Fender Roadworn that I scored on Ebay. I routed it for a neck humbucker. I know the mixed opinions about relic’d/worn bodies, but I think it looks cool, so that’s all that matters right? 😉

The neck is a Warmoth stock neck. It is their Boat shape, which is on the chunky side, and feels really nice (similar to my Les Paul).  As a comparison it’s a lot comfier than the neck on my Baja Tele (which may even be a smaller profile). The Radius is Warmoth’s 10-16″ compound profile. The necks got a rosewood board, and the main neck material is maple with a brown lacquer finish. I was going to splash out on a full rosewood neck, but the costs were just a bit too high for me to stomach!

Most of the hardware is bought from Axes’R’Us, and WD Music in the UK. Wilkinson compensated saddle bridge and Kluson ‘Button’ tuners  for a little bit of a Gibson vibe. The hardware is all aged to look a little worn. I cut the Pick-guard on a jigsaw to get that shape.

Controls are a standard 3 way switch with independant 500K volume controls for each pickup (I never use the tone control on my other Tele).

Pickups are the Seymour Duncan Lil’59 for Tele in the bridge and Creamery UK pickups ‘Hot Swing-O’ at the neck.

The Creamery pickup is beautiful; probably my favourite Tele neck pickup I have tried so far (link here). You get a really nice open neck tone (almost Strat like), but with  more grit and mid-range punch. This pickup is perfect for rhythm playing, and blends really well when mixed with the bridge pickup.

The Seymour Duncan in the bridge I am not so sure about yet, I am still looking to see what other options are available for HB size tele single coils.

Anyway, I’m loving it so far, and its playing and sounding great… I hope you like the pics!

NGD! Tele 2

NGD! Tele 3