I've been mulling over an idea for a tele build in my head for the last year, and when the funds free up, I'd like to pursue it. I really like the idea of having a chambered mahogany tele body, with a custom shaped aluminum top (a la Zemaitis/Helliver/Trussart), configured in the vein of the '72 Telecaster Deluxe and the following: - Fender Style maple tele neck with a rosewood board - Gretsch Filtertron pickups - 3-way LP style switch - two volume and two tone controls I absolutely love all three builders I mentioned above, but they are way out of my price range. The most affordable would probably be Helliver, but that's still around $3500 and up, and they don't do tele designs AFAIK. My main concern is the aluminum/metal design and engraving. Is this a project I can start with Warmoth/USACG/Musikraft parts and have the aluminum front co-designed and built for me by someone else? I can surely get through the pickup wiring and hardware installation myself, and have the guitar set up by my tech. Please tell me if this is just a pipe dream, or if it can be done for a reasonable amount. I'm looking to do the whole package for somewhere around $1500-1800.