Finally finished my custom Tele
Yup, the custom tele that I was putting together is finally finished! I have to say that I am extremely pleased with it, and to be honest it feels like a cure for electric guitar GAS as I can't imagine wanting anything else. I don't pick up any of my other guitars any more, it is so perfect for me - playing-wise (may yet tweak the pups though!).
The styling won't be to most peoples taste as it is very specifically Christian themed, but I like it and that's all that counts!
Telecaster shape, Swamp ash.
Body routed for standard Tele bridge pickup plus large rout under scratchplate to accommodate 2 pickups (at a later date).
Wilkinson VS-100 trem.
Battery compartment on the back,
13 pin Midi connector next to standard jack plug.
Extra cutout on rear for switches/acoustiphonic/hexpander boards,
Rear ‘speed’ contour for upper fret access.
Rear ribcage contour.
Front aquaburst, black sides and grey burst on the back.
24 3/4-inch scale length (like a Tom Anderson short T).
22 frets, stainless steel, vintage size.
Compound radius fretboard (vintage to 12” I think?).
Slim C neck profile.
Ebony fretboard, only inlay 'fish' at the 12th fret.
Black tusq nut.
Sperzel locking machine heads (25/64ths)
Dimarzio Chopper in the bridge with coil tap and a twang king at the neck.
Piezo saddles for acoustic sounds and midi as well.
The scratchplate is perspex so I can drop different images behind should I wish, although to be honest I'm happy enough as it is.
Excellent spray courtesy of Feline guitars - whom I wholeheartedly reccommend. Jonathan also did a lovely job on SIMS somewhat untidy fret ends. Full marks to Feline: A+, SIMS: must try harder ....
Here’s some more pix:
Back, showing grey burst, speed rout, ribcage contour and cool plateless neck fitting
Headstock: IXOYE is a Christian thing for those that don't know (it's the name of the fish symbol) and I did it in Gold, not that it shows on the pic! the 'I' having the bend of the Fender logo appealed to me