Checkerboard Squares Tele

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This is a pretty straight forward Tele-style design. All of the Specimen tenets apply here: non-adjustable steel truss rod, precise neck joint, hand carved neck, cellulose nitrate finish.

  • Neck

    Screw in flame maple

  • Scale Length

    25-1/2" or to order

  • Truss Rod

    Non adjustable steel reinforcement

  • Frets

    Dunlop 6105

  • Fretboard


  • Body

    Alder with book-matched flame maple top, nitro-cellulose finish

  • Pickup

    Fralin soap bar P90 in neck, Fralin Tele-bridge pickup

  • Controls

    One volume knob, one tone knob, 4-way switch for series parallel

  • Bridge


  • Other

    Multi-ply checkerboard binding

The thing I love about a Telecaster is that it is such a solid, timeless design, but it is also a blank canvas for all manner of expression.

In this case the custom-made checkerboard binding, the micro-burst into a flaming orange finish on the guitar’s top, and the P-90 Soapbar in the neck position (thanks to Lindy Fralin’s excellent work) help set this instrument apart from the usual fare.

Creating the binding from scratch was quite an adventure. Instead of using pre-fab two dimensional binding, I created my own 3-D checkerboard tiles from wooden sticks normally used for the rosette inlay found on classical guitars. It was an extremely time-consuming process, and something that required specialized fixtures and new processes. Read more about the process in our Blog.