I’ve been thinking about guitar #2 for a little while. I am planning and designing guitars #2 and #3 simultaneously but guitar #3 is a little more involved so it needs a lot more mental bake time 😉 In the meantime, let’s chat about what makes guitar #2 interesting.
Guitar #2 is a basic Telecaster with single coils and some fancy wiring, which I described in the previous post. But no pickguard. Why not?
Well, I noticed on the Warmoth site that they also sell mostly completed bodies. So I was rummaging around on their site, just for fun, when I found this beauty:
It starts with a hardwood body which is routed and then hollowed out, just keeping enough material for a few attach points and then a top is laminated on. Here is a Warmoth image to explain what a hollowed out body looks like, along with the carved top:
This hollowing out results in a very light weight Tele body. Anyway, the body I saw had a black back and a “Zebrawood” carved top with a slight brown to clear burst, and a light colored binding. It looks spectacular! I don’t know how Warmoth decides what to pre-build but they often offer these prebuilt bodies for considerably less than it would cost to spec it out on their site. Which was true for this body – it was far less than you would expect and so I bought it!
I am still trying to figure out what sort of neck will look best with this tele. Maple? Or dark wood? Any thoughts?