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

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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Knotty Esquire

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This body was exactly what I hoped for. Nice knotty look and expertly shaped to everything fit without any issues. I also used a StewMac nick which is very nice, but now I'm thinking I need to strip it and refin it with a more vintage appearance to better match the vibe of the body. I modded the bridge, used an Emerson wiring kit and a Fralin pickup, this this rips.


First of Many?

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Pine is light-weight. You can hear (and feel) the more resonant tone that it provides. The knots provide quirky character. This finish is Minwax walnut stain, plus a coat of sprayed-on Bullseye shellac, and finally a top coat of matte polyurethane. If I had to do it again, I would have rounded the radius on the edges a little bit, and maybe even cut an arm bevel. The StewMac premium wiring kit worked well, too.


Old Blue

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Knotty Pine as a tone wood? Go figure. This is my first guitar build. All the parts came from Stewmac including the Golden Age Pickups. It sounds and plays incredibly well. I've been playing guitar for 45 years and this one is a keeper! Oh, I'm a professional freelance photographer and I get carried away sometimes.

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