I put a post a while ago asking who makes the best Tele's and it got into a big debate that only Fender makes Teles etc etc. Anyway most folk knew what I was asking who makes a really good guitar that looks like a Fender Tele, but is a clone, copy or whatever. The two that came up nearest to what I am looking for was the Chaplin T Bird or a Lentz. Now after studying and going over what I wanted, being in the UK, how would I get one of them to produce the exact same neck of my orignal 66 Tele with the resonance & vibe of my original 59 Tele unless I sent them over, which obviously I wouldn't want to do. A few of you also suggested buying stock Warmouth parts etc and building my own, which I did get someone to do for me quite a few years back, cost approx then £650, but being stock made parts it never felt or sounded anywhere near as good as my originals. As the really good clones seem to all be made in US I am loathe to spend that sort of money out and get a UK builder make me one. Therefore I decided to contact a good friend of mine, who is a quailty luthier & used to own and make a well known guitar, but ceased trading after a couple of Heart problems, to see if he could make me one to my spec and if so what sort of price. He now works on desiging and making interior furniture of boats and now repairs guitars as a sort of hobby. Anyway after speaking to him he said he would do it for me and if I took the 66 Tele over to him he could copy the exact same neck profile and dimensions and also would be able to select the fineset swamp ash or alder body depending on what I wanted and would check the 59 body if I wanted a simiar body etc. He also said I could have any pickups, machine heads, etc I wanted. Now to the point price, I asked him how much would the handmade neck and body be without the hardware, which would be at cost and just his time fitting it and setting the guitar up. Price £200 and thats with the best woods available! He went on to tell me that he gets really annoyed at people charging these astronomical prices for one of the easiest guitars to make. For a one man guitar builder he said if you have the mould pattern and jig set up, which he said they would all have, it only takes 40mins to cut out the shape and rout out a Tele body, its so simple then its just a case of sanding to requirements and the neck is not that much harder to do if you have a profile copy. After speaking to him on some length on the subject it now appears to me on the cheapest custom guitar to build, perhaps prices are rather inflated! I will post when the guitar has been finished and in the meantime will be posting another thread on what pickups would you recommed.