Here we have a Cutsom built TeleStrat with Squier Custom Telecaster Deluxe neck and Squier Strat body, refinished in natural.

Comes with Vintage 70's/80's/90's Sperzel Locking Tuners w/ Staggered Poles

The tuners alone are worth around $129.

The Squier custom tele neck is a one of the nicest neck profiles I have ever felt, so much so that I bought TWO Squier Tele Deluxes and put their necks on two of my main guitars. A friend who played this Tele-Strat liked it so much he asked me to build him one with one difference - he wanted black locking tuners and this one has brushed chrome locking tuners. His message after he received it is in the photos.

A Fender decal has been applied to the headstock.

Set up for nice low action. And man, does this thing sing. A mainstay in my arsenal.

I built two of these guitars with the same set of parts back in 2015. One for me, one for the dear friend mentioned above. The one for sale here was for me and was part of my personal collection for the last 9 years, being a favorite for studio sessions with my band.

The pickups are Custom Hand-Wound 50’s style pickups from EastGrove pickups, a small one-man pickup maker in the USA. They sound superb - very warm and glassy/stratty. The spec the maker was going for was a warmer version of the Fender Custom Shop Fat 50's. I've had the fat 50's and these are WAY warmer - no ice-picky highs like the Fenders. These sound much closer to the Highway-One pickups from Fender, which are extremely warm. The East Groves are less overwound than the Highway One so they get more clear clean tones and less muddiness - they hit the sweet spot for low mids that cut through a band mix, but are still plenty warm for playing at home. The have clarity, with just the tiniest bit of extra bite and mids while still retaining a combination of clarity and warmth. I searched high and low for warm sounding pickups (with zero ice-picky high frequencies), and after testing well over 100 different pickups over the years, the three warmest sets I found were the Highway-1 pickups from Fender, this East Grove set, and the wildly expensive John Mayer Big Dippers. The highway one set is a little too overwound and too hot for my taste though - overdrives the amp or pedals too early almost like a p-90 or mini humbucker. Anyway, these East Grove are the real deal if you want some warmth and fatness to your tone but still want that sweet glassy single coil sound. The neck pickup is slanted so that the treble string pole pieces are closer to the neck for even more warmth, and the bass strings are slightly closer to the bridge for a little better balance among all of the strings. You ever play on the low strings and it sounds too bassy, then move to the treble strings and it wounds too thin? This reverse-slant helps balance that out so you dont have to use the 5 way switch so much.

Guitar plays and sounds great. I would keep it forever as it’s been a favorite of mine over the years (and I’ve owned plenty of $3k+ guitars), but I am selling just about everything due to a family circumstance. My loss is your gain! Check out my shop for more unique gear.

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Listed3 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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  • TeleStrat custom build
  • Custom
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body

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