A friend of mine is going to be building a strat soon and I'm planning on getting in on a build of a tele at the same time. I've not got much experience with woodworking but I've done a lot of tech on guitars and read through a good few builds over the past few years. My friend actually did a guitar building course before and he made a nice jumbo acoustic during it. This is his first electric build, he's been getting a lot of tools together lately in prep for his build.
I'm thinking of making something along the lines of a mahogany neck and bodied tele with a string thru bridge, rosewood fretboard, humbucker in the bridge with a singlecoil in the neck. I'll likely do an oil finish and maybe stain the wood depending on the colour of the woods I get. Any problems with my main spec? I'm really going for something simple but with a few differences from your normal telecaster. I like the tone from my mahogany guitars so I went with that.
I've a few questions too if anyone could chime in. I was thinking of going for a 3 piece neck over a one piece. Is there much extra work involved with this?
I'll probably be ordering a few bits for this in the next month or so and then start when I have all the wood I'll need. I'm probably going to go with a pre slotted fretboard too to save a bit on the workload and complexity since it's my first build.
Any great resources for builds I should check out? I've seen a few but if there's some great ones I missed I'd love to see them!
I'm not a builder, but I know the standard, go-to bible for guitar building is the book by Dan Erlewine