- May 24, 2020
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I went the same route only I got to it a bit earlier in life. A lot of good advice and comments here. I build my teles now. Everyone of them a bit different but I use mainly Warmoth bodies and necks (10-16” compound radius 6150SS frets). I also use an hotrod version of the EMG T set pickups. I think the Fender telecasters (American standard, squier, whatever, are ok) but I needed something a bit hotter as I was an 80’s shredder. You might look around and see what’s in your area for custom builds, here are a few of mine. I tend to build one about every year or so and I do all my own luthier work as far as setup. When it comes to playing, I sit in with Merle haggards drummer (at least the guy that played with him the last 2 decades before he passed on) and what I consider to be the finest bass player on the west coast. If those guys are blown away by my playing, I must be doing something right. Guitar playing (and by extension building your sound ) is a journey. I don’t do it for money or fame, it’s just part of my nature. I hope your journey is as enjoyable as mine has been. Good luck!