Recommendations on having a Tele Custom built

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  1. dverna

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    Maybe K-Line.
     
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    ask at tdpri.com
     
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    What options would you want that would keep you from buying new rather than just buying one of the originals?

    I own a '72 Tele Custom that I've had since 1986, and a 2006 Lentz HSL. I've thought about having Scott Lentz or Don Grosh (my two favorite bolt-on builders) make me a guitar with an original Fender wide-ranging pickup in the neck. You definitely want to have independent tone controls for the two pups. They use 1 meg pots and different value caps for the wide-ranging humbuckers that tend towards brightness to balance out a dark-sounding pickup, but when you use the same pots and caps for the tele bridge pickup (as Fender did in the originals), the result is too shrill for my ear. I'd like to have 70s front, 50s back if I had custom built.

    Edited to add: One of my pet peeves is center seams on bolt-neck guitars. I prefer to have the seam through the control cavity.
     
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    Cost, compound radius neck, ensuring it wasn't a dud, etc..... all reasons why I am considering a custom build rather than taking a shot on an original.
     
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    A custom build guitar of significant quality is going to be more expensive than buying a '70s Tele Custom. If you don't like the one you buy, sell it (and likely gain money or loose no money) and buy another one!

    Otherwise, you can always try Warmoth.
     
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    1) Saul Koll
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    4) Saul Koll

    I have two Koll "Tele's"...feel free to pm me if you want pics/details. Anyway, if I were in your shoes, he'd be the only call I'd make.
     
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    +1 on warmoth
     
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    How much do you want to spend?
     
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    +1 I hadn't considered this option--I usually think of Koll only for set-necks. If Saul would do your compound radius, I'd also give him a shot.
     
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    As far as what I'd spend... let's use 3k as a ballpark, + or -
     
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    +1 on Grosh. He's also my favorite of the builders with a strong vintage vibe. His Teles are particularly sweet. He ain't cheap, but not as high as some others, and you really get what you pay for.
     
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    Bill Chapin. Don't make any decisions until you speak to him.

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    I have had multilple teles from alot of eras. Custom builds and factory built and for me I always have gone back to my original 57 tele. Now the eras are a subject of preference but I prefer the 50's era neck and electronics for my tele twang. Good luck as there are alot of quality builders out there who could do you a unreal job. But for me I like the originals ,especially when you are looking at that kind of money and how it going to go up or down as time rolls on.
     
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    www.ricecustomguitars.com

    I did some checking here recently when I (thought I) was in a position to have something built. These guys were the most reasonably priced & they get great reviews from anyone that has gotten one of their instruments.
     
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    If it were me and I wanted a truely vintage reproduction guitar, I would call Rice.
     
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    I know who I'd call. ;) Thanks for the nice comments.

    I had a '72 for a while, very cool instrument (my dad still has a Thinline).
     
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    Bill Chapin would be my first recommendation. #2 choice would be either Don Grosh or Suhr Guitars... I would mention Lentz, but he doesn't do "Custom Orders", he builds his own style guitars...

    Chapin, Grosh or Suhr can build you something truely special
     
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    Try Curtis Novak. He will put such a guitar together at a really reasonable price and wind you the best sounding pickups as well.
     
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    I appreciate all of the suggestions thus far.... very helpful.
     

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