Golden Age Knotty Pine Body for Tele

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Golden Age Knotty Pine Body for Tele

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Golden Age Knotty Pine Body for Tele

About This Item

One exceptional 1952 Telecaster®, with a wild side. Leo Fender never used knots like this! Our '52 Body has a rough-and-ready character all its own.

Unusual wood for this Golden Age® Solidbody

Knotty Pine: Forget about unblemished wood! Knotty pine has lots of quirks and character—sometimes there are even cracks. Each body is unique, for building a guitar with a wild streak. Rugged looks and great sound. Yeehah!

Give it a simple oil-rubbed finish, or go with with traditional lacquer. No need to worry about pine sap seepage: we kiln-bake each piece until any pitch inside is thoroughly crystalized.

Golden Age pine bodies are made from Eastern White Pine that is grown, harvested, and processed in Ohio. We also offer Swamp Ash and Clear Pine '52 bodies.

No two of these bodies are quite alike, but every one has been "framed" by eye before shaping, to make the most of the naturally occurring knots. Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll hand select the one that most closely matches your request. Just give us a call or leave a note when you place your order.

Shaped like a true '52
The shape of the body and electronics cavities exactly match the 1952 original. The body is 1-3/4" thick with the correct 1/8" edge radius. The small router hump next to the neck pocket, and the 7/8" flat at the output jack, are quirks we retained for vintage accuracy.

Golden Age 52 Tele Details

Holes for mounting the bridge are drilled. Holes for string-thru-body are partially drilled, giving you the option of using a top-mounted bridge instead. Neck mounting holes are started in the traditional 4-screw placement, it's easy to finish them out with a hand drill. Our Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar is a perfect fit.

Ready for final shaping, sanding and finishing.

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Worth all The effort

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Very pleased with the results. Finished it in amber shellac thinned way down. It took about 8 coats. Decided to not drill for string through and used a top mount bridge (Rutter's) I had and I am very pleased. Very resonant body, even with the top loaded strings. Who knows I might build another one because they're that good!


Knotty Pine Tele Body- Excellent!!

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I had a hankering for a knotty pine Tele (Barncaster Type) so I searched the web for bodies. There are cheaper bodies out there but my luthier cautioned me against them. "When you get it from Stewart MacDonald everything fits perfectly", he said. The body is beautiful; exactly what I asked for, lots of feature and no cracks. My luthier is making a custom neck for it now and I am excited.


Burnt and rugged

(Customer's Reviews)

This is my first time building a guitar and I ordered everything from StewMac. It all fitted beautifully. The knotted body has been burnt and then polished with steel wool, giving it a really rugged look where the grain of the wood stands out - beautiful. Not to mention the sound from the Golden Age pickups; awesome.

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