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    Default USA source for good lefty Tele bodies?

    Planning to build a Tele and I'm looking for some hot tips of good online shops to purchase a body from.

    Will need a 100% finished neck from somewhere (not going that diy hardcore!), but plan on painting whatever body I end up buying - so that can be pre painted or totally raw wood. Either is fine. (feeling foolishly confident after my sucessful Jaguar refinish http://www.leftyguitartrader.com/for...-Cobain-Jaguar )

    Warmoth.com is an obvious candidate, but I'm always down for supporting a quality smaller operation when possible. Thought I'd ask if you guys have any other vendors you'd recommend?

    To give my self the best shot of the final product being an awesome playing and sounding guitar, I'm kinda looking for the best quality body I can find (does drying and grain etc matter? I have no clue!). Not after any exotic woods or anything - just the best Swamp Ash or Alder body I can get my hands on, as they seem to be consistent winners on Teles!

    Any advice appreciated.

    Cheers!
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    Fuck Warmoth.

    Try KNE.
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    For a less jaded, more informative answer:

    I really like my Warmoth. It has been my main guitar since I had it built, and its been almost 10 years. Plays great, looks good. No complaints here. In the same league, I've also heard really good things about these guys. http://www.usacustomguitars.com/

    Anybody like Warmoth or USCG are going to dry them and everything before you get it. All it'll need when it arrives at your place is paint, and hardware. If you get a neck they'll suggest it'll need a fret dress and level, but I still haven't needed one on mine.

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    The biggest differences on teles are the bridges, you should make a point to go throw your wrist down on a few even if they are right handed to see if you prefer a modern or vintage one ash tray or flat that sort of thing

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    Don't forget the grain filler, that bit me hard once

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    I like the look of KNE's stuff, had one at a time but never ended up using it so I can't say much about that. For necks, I ordered one from musikraft a while back and everything seemed to turn out great, maybe a little pricey but my experience was good so far. Still waiting g to get it on the body.

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    For necks you should check out Hilimire Guitars on eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn...uitars&_sop=10

    Seen their stuff in person, it is on par with the highest-end builders.

    I prefer the 6-saddle bridges over the ashtray ones, also keep in mind the metal bridge has a huge effect on the tone, so if you don't use a standard Tele bridge it's going to sound different.
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    Wow.. all AMAZING info. Thank you.

    Looks like I have a night in front of the laptop ahead of me. Lots of sites to check out for the body. Again.. thank you!

    Wasn't sure on the best way of sourcing a great neck. Not being able to see them in person makes it really tough, so personal recommendations go a long way on them. I'll check out Hillmire for sure.

    Any other recommendations or good experiences with other aftermarket neck makers?

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    Default USA source for good lefty Tele bodies

    Ive used it before with good results. A lot of Chinese bodies have it under their paint. Just treat it like a car body repair.

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