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BY StrummersOfThunder
#816087
So a while back I started assembling parts for my dream tele.
62 double bound burst, alder body, rosewood board, quarter sawn maple neck with some light flame...

MJT did the body and with a light age to it. Musikraft neck, that then went to MJT for matched ageing. The neck is fabulous. 9.5' radius and a 57V type profile. Its got some good beefiness to it. The fretboard is 100 yr old brazilian rosewood reclaimed from the Coney island walkway. 42mm at the nut. clay dots.

The body is a very light and resonant. the burst is medium and checking linear rather than crazed, though the headstock bares light crazing.

I got hand wound custom pickups done by Q pickups (some croatian savant off reverb) done to 62 specs. I got some nice wiring components including some wanky paper in oil cap. I resisted fucking with the schematic in terms of treble bleeds etc.

The result I am very happy with. Im glad I didnt go any heavier with the relic and the checking and dings are bang on with the 'light' look.

The neck feels superb to me. The burst on the body and binding are exactly what I wanted. But I think the crowning glory on this guitar are the pickups. Have to reccommend Q pickups here. The bridge pup is snarly but not 'tinny' or 'overly bitey' and the neck pickup is just the sweetest sounding tele neck ive heard. Also very quiet without much buzz at all, even on individual settings.

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BY jeremyb
#816090
Yummy! Can I ask how much all up it cost you? Been keen for a while to build a dream Tele too!!
#816092
jeremyb wrote:Yummy! Can I ask how much all up it cost you? Been keen for a while to build a dream Tele too!!


The quick answer, not cheap. The MJT complete kit with all hardware (minus pickups) = $825 USD = 1200 nzd
The neck was $250 USD = 360 nzd
Pickups around $120 NZD

total around $1700 nzd ish?

In saying that, the neck is insanely nice boutique quality piece of art. As is the the body work. So in terms of what you might expect to get for $1700 new or used in NZD you would probably be looking in the american standard/highway one range plus a bit left over to do some upgrades.
I dunno, I guess I wouldnt reccommend it in terms of a cost cutting expedition as clearly this is a partscaster and wont have a great resale, but in terms of satisfaction from start to finish of the project and the outcome being as good as it is im very happy.

Everything came through customs without attracting duty/tax somehow too
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BY jeremyb
#816096
Cool that's about what I expected price wise, and way better value for money if you intend to keep it :)
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BY Slowy
#816101
StrummersOfThunder wrote:
jeremyb wrote:Yummy! Can I ask how much all up it cost you? Been keen for a while to build a dream Tele too!!


The quick answer, not cheap. The MJT complete kit with all hardware (minus pickups) = $825 USD = 1200 nzd
The neck was $250 USD = 360 nzd
Pickups around $120 NZD

total around $1700 nzd ish?

In saying that, the neck is insanely nice boutique quality piece of art. As is the the body work. So in terms of what you might expect to get for $1700 new or used in NZD you would probably be looking in the american standard/highway one range plus a bit left over to do some upgrades.
I dunno, I guess I wouldnt reccommend it in terms of a cost cutting expedition as clearly this is a partscaster and wont have a great resale, but in terms of satisfaction from start to finish of the project and the outcome being as good as it is im very happy.

Everything came through customs without attracting duty/tax somehow too

That's value. Worth every cent.
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BY kdawg2a
#816105
That is a beautiful guitar, very much my favorite type of Tele with some tasteful aging. Those protruding string ferules would do my head in though!