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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.

Average weight: 4.20 pounds (1.9 kg)

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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5.0

One of a kind

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Verified Buyer


If you want a unique guitar this is an excellent place to start. I wanted a guitar that looked like it was found in a junkyard and then played to within an inch of its life. So many pre-aged, 'road-worn' guitars look like they have come off a factory production line, they're all sanded down in exactly the same places and look thoroughly unconvincing to me. This guitar body had plenty of character before I started work on it. I stained the body with a water soluble wood stain, then sprayed about 4 layers of nitro-laquer onto it. Even after 4 layers there were some areas which soaked up the laquer like a sponge and other areas, like the knots, which gave a clear hard finish. I hung it up to dry for a month, then sanded off the edges a bit and added the neck and hardware, mostly bought fairly cheaply from China. I used Tonerider Vintage Plus pickups as they give a classic trebly tele sound. I absolutely love the finished result, it sounds great, clear clean tones and amazing distorted.
On the down-side the hole for the input jack had been drilled too small to fit either a classic tele jack cup or an Electrosocket jack mount. I emailed StewMac who were apologetic about the mistake and offered to supply a jack plate that would fit for free. In the end I managed to widen the hole enough to fit an Electrosocket jack mount, which was what I really wanted.
So in the end I got exactly what I was after. I've never done anything more technical than changing pickups before, so the experience was really enjoyable, and no, it didn't all go smoothly, but that's half the fun. But I now have a unique guitar I can say I built myself, I just need to play it every day for the next 20 years to give it that authentic used look, but I'm doing pretty well at that so far.

1.0

Good for learning to manage a bad neck pocket

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Verified Buyer


The neck pocket was not deep enough. It was too wide. The cutaway had a hump where the guy with the router failed. Nevertheless I like the new tele because of the the fun while building it and the bright sound coming out of it. Wouldn't buy it again: too expensive for the low quality.

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We're glad you like the finished guitar. Remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Our friendly customer team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further.

5.0

Couldn't be happier

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Verified Buyer


This is a surprisingly excellent piece of lumber. I see no sap issues mentioned in other reviews. The company info says it's ready for final sanding and shaping, but in my opinion it's sanded well enough to get started finishing.

I'm calling mine a rustic burst. Wood dye and actual tie dye dye mixed with denatured alcohol. Three coats of grain filler and about a billion coats of thinned amber shellac. Lastly three coats of buffed carnuba wax.

It is by no means perfect like it would be from a factory, but I like the imperfections and I love that my Telecaster is entirely unique if even in just small ways.

5.0

The Les Strelecaster

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Verified Buyer


I asked to have the 'ugliest baby of the bunch' sent when I placed my order….what I received was beautiful!!!
I had a Squier Strat neck, a bunch of Les Paul parts laying around, I beat a piece of copper over top of a pick guard, and came up with this. Still have a bit of tweeking to do to it, but I am leaving it basically as you see.
A very cool way to spend the weekend.

4.0

Awesome...with a small caveat

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Verified Buyer


I literally set this guitar on fire. Burnt pine Telecaster, roasted maple neck, Lindy Fralin Blues Specials pickups, Hipshot B bender, lacquered rusted metal pickguard made from a car door.

Pros:

- The measurements are right. Things fit. This matters a lot.
- The knot patterns were amazing, and the Stew Mac crew went out of their way to accommodate my request
- The wood is solid, I got a good board.

Con:

- Sap, sap, sap. Stew Mac is too good to ship out a sticky bun like this and tell me that it was kiln dried and that everything is "crystallized." I almost returned it, and I am somewhat glad I did not, because the build turned out beastly. But seriously, folks...please fix this.

5.0

Worth all The effort

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Verified Buyer


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!

5.0

Knotty Pine Tele Body- Excellent!!

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Burnt and rugged

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Verified Buyer


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.

4.0

Du pin sur la planche !

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Verified Buyer


Je ne regrette absolument pas d'avoir tenté cet assemblage autour d'un corps en pin pour une Telecaster . Associé à de bons micros Barre & Knuckle (Brown Sugar Kit), le résultat est bien claquant .
Prise avec un manche également chez StewMac, aucun problème dans l'assemblage, la jonction . C'est si bien qu'on a envie d'en confectionner une autre _

5.0

Such an eye catcher

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Verified Buyer


I asked Stew Mac for a gnarly knotted body and they gave me this one. It was easy to work with, a perfect fit for all parts. I put on some blue Stew Mac stain to come up with this color. I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to build a frankens-tele

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