I’ve been into Tele’s for a few years now and have always loved the wood grain look of the ash bodies with butterscotch finish. I also am a huge fan of humbuckers, tele bridges (single coil slant bridge “plate”), brass saddles, and 6 individual saddles. To date, I do not believe such a Tele exists (the $2,299 Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’50s Telecaster comes closest). So I planned one out and then photochopped (Krita actually) some images together until I was happy.
Here is the plan:
Start with Fender FSR Ash Telecaster / Butterscotch finish
– Fender 6 saddle bridge, swap in G&L ASAT brass saddles
– Seymour Duncan Lil ’59 Tele pickup in bridge
– Fender humbucker in neck (like 50’s style hotrod tele)
– New black Pickguard to accommodate above pickup
– Flip control plate back to “normal” (comes upside down on FSR)
This would run about $750 finished, without selling the stripped parts (bridge, pickups, pickguard). After selling the extras you should be under $700 for a killer MIM Tele – built my way.