Build A Tele, or just save my pennies?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Shades of Blue, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Ive found a demo 60s AO for $1350, so I may go that route. The American Professional in sonic gray is $1200 so not sure what to do...
  2. Laganlad

    Laganlad Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Building a partscaster is something everyone should do. However, I’m one and three right now. My tele build is my number one but my two Strat builds were not so pleasing.
  3. B Vance

    B Vance Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I've played a lot of teles and have owned a fair share as well - some Fender, some boutique before I tried to build one on my own from parts.

    First build was a US Custom Guitars body and neck with Lollar Charlie Christian pickups. Came together extremely well. It easily rivals Fender Custom Shop and top-level boutique guitars I've owned and played. Thin nitro finish. Got the bug after the first one and put two more together, both from MJT - neck and bodies. One, a pine Esquire and the other an alder La Cabronita, both with maple necks. They both came together well too. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again for any bolt-on neck guitar. Definitely the most economic way to get exactly what you want.

    After body, neck, electronics and hardware you may be hard-pressed to get in under $1,000 but you could certainly get in under $1,500.

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