I used to have this -74 Telecaster but I had to sell it at some point.

When Rickenbacker started to get ready I wanted to make me a custom Telecaster Thinline. 

Like always the templates and the wood is needed. The wood for the body had so much knots that I decided to make it in three parts, using flamed maple to top and the knotted alder to the middle and better alder to the back. Neck will be made of flamed maple.


The middle part has been machined and the back is glued on it. Pickup selector comes to upper bout and that is why I already at this point covered the hole for the cable with tin foil to prevent humming.

No knots on the back. Covers for the holes ready, the round one is a Les Paul part, the other one self made.

Neck is flamed maple and rosewood fretboard.

Fretting has started. Abalone dots.

Flamed maple top has two f-holes and there will be no pickguard on this one. Pearl figured bindings on f-holes and sides.

Pickups are Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack for Tele (Vintage-voiced humbuckers). Pots have switches to make it possible to split the humbuckers separately without extra switches. Gotoh bridge and Grover tuners.

All the bindings have now been glued and the sanding starts.

Grey color added to body, a little bit of burst.

I decided to have French polish on this one. Just for curiosity, to learn how it is done.

For the first time all parts attached to their places. Next step is the soldering.

Two string retainers for the first four strings.


Back. Ferrules in nice straight line.

Telecaster and Rickenbacker, my thinlines.


I started to make this in January 2011 and it got ready in November same year.

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