What do you do when you’re locked down, can’t go out, still got some income, and lots of time on your hands ? Build a nice Tele is what.
Here’s a “Covid Project” Esquire built last year from brand new Fender and Warmoth parts, made in USA.
Warmoth is a respected and long established guitar parts manufacturer based in Puyallup, Washington State USA. They are officially licensed by Fender to replicate vintage Strat, Jag, Jazzer and Tele parts, along with their own, and other brand’s components.
From Warmoth –
“Since 1980, Warmoth has been the standard in American-made bodies and necks for electric guitars and basses. During that time, we have helped countless players customize, personalize, and improve their instruments. We have also helped to pioneer many advancements in guitar technology, including the compound radius fretboard, the conversion neck, and the “drop-top” laminate top.
We use a blend of modern and traditional guitar-building techniques. CNC machines cut body and neck blanks. Most of the remaining work, from gluing binding and installing frets to spraying finishes, is completed by hand. Every step is performed by skilled crafts-people who care about building quality musical instrument parts, and who work hard to ensure that each neck and body we ship meets our standard of excellence.
Over the years many high-end, boutique builders have turned to Warmoth for their bodies and necks, including Valley Arts, Pensa-Suhr, Sadowsky, and others. We have also built custom parts for some of the most recognizable guitar and bass players in the world.”
Specs of this guitar –
Warmoth light two piece alder Telecaster body
Two tone sunburst finish
Pickup routing allows for 2 x Strat pickups under guard
Roasted Maple Neck Wood
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Neck Profile – Boatneck 1” medium V
Frets - 6100
Radius 10-16" Compound
Dual truss rod
Pearl Dot Inlays
Black Side Dots
Standard 4 Bolt Mounting
The Boatneck is similar to Warmoth’s Fatback neck - the thickness is the same from the first fret to the 12th and with a medium V profile.
- Thickness at 1st Fret: 1.00"
- Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.00"
Gotoh Vintage Tuners
50s style string guide
Wilkinson vintage style bridge with compensated brass saddles
Fender Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster neck pickup – Alnico 3 - 7.1 k
DiMarzio True Velvet bridge pickup – Alnico 5 – 7.41 k
CTS Volume & Tone Pots
CRL 3 way switch
Weight is 7.8 lbs
There is a Warmoth headstock sticker included in this package, It has not been applied yet, but it’s there should you wish to do so in the future.
This is a damn fine guitar. You won’t see this model of vintage Tele style guitar anywhere – unless you build it. And in this case, some else actually has. All the work’s been done, and the results are excellent.
It is a light and lively guitar with tone to burn, with a great feeling neck & big frets. The excellent pickups really add to his package. And lots of tonal variation available with some judicial dialling of the high quality USA made CTS pots.
It is simple, straight-forward and it works - very well.
Comes as is – ie without a case.