A while back - I guess about a year ago - I decided I wanted to build another Telecaster. Over the years I realized I was not a Strat guy...I am a Tele man, IF I play single coils, lol... I had built a neat Tele a few years back...Pearloid GFS body, Squire Classic Vibe neck, various parts...anyway, it was a really cool looking guitar. Surprisingly it sounded pretty awesome too!! I ended up trading it on a PRS. Time went by, and I missed it a bit. So I decided to make another one. This time I figured I'd go for an Esquire, with a custom flair. I ordered up the parts, and then they sat.... and sat.... and sat.... Until yesterday!! Living in the Tampa area, I spent a big chunk of the past week slowly securing my house for Hurricane Irma. Yesterday rolled around and there wasn't much to do so I decided to build the Esquire. It took about 2.5 hours to assemble. I spent about 2 hours today playing it and doing the set up work. Here she is: Here's the parts rundown.... Body: GFS Blue Pearl Telecaster Neck: Warmoth Style: Telecaster® Construction: Modern Construction Orientation: Right Handed Reverse Neck Wood: Maple Fingerboard Wood: Maple Nut Width: 1-11/16" Back Shape: Fatback Fret Size: 6150 Tuner Ream: Vintage Style (11/32") Radius: 10-16" Compound Scale: 25-1/2" Fret #: 22 Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: Black Corian - Standard Nut Inlays: No Inlay Side Dots: Black Side Dots Pickguard: Warmoth Aged Pearl Esquire Bridge: KLUSON® STEEL BRIDGE FOR TELE® W/BRASS SADDLES DUAL STRING THROUGH Pickup: Fender '64 Telecaster Bridge Pickup Wiring: Oak Grigsby 4 Way Switch CTS Solid Shaft 250K Audio Taper Pots Vintage Dishback Style U.S.A. Spec. 3/8" bushing diameter x 3/8" bushing length Pots x 1/4" diameter shaft .047uf 200v NOS Vintage Russian Paper in Oil Capacitor .0047uf 200v NOS Vintage Russian Paper in Oil Capacitor Switchcraft #11 Output Jack Vintage Style 22 Gauge Cloth Covered Push Back Wire Raw Brass Electrosocket The Special 4-Way Eldred Esquire Mod gives you the following: Switching position #1 – Straight to Output Jack – Maximum Twang Switching position #2 – pickup is routed through the volume control only - hotter, louder lead sound with extra highs. Switching position #3 – pickup routed through the volume and tone controls. Switching position #4 – Eldred Esquire wiring, the pickup is routed through a single, small capacitor and volume control, with the tone control bypassed. Tuning Pegs: These were courtesy of @LeftyF2003 - thanks again, Fred!! With me ordering a reverse headstock, I needed left handed tuners. Fred offered up a set of Fender/Squire Vintage-style tuners. I mentioned I could use them, and he shipped them over! It was a very cool offer and I am happy I was able to accept the offer! The build did have a couple of issues. The GFS body is gorgeous, but DOES come with some issues. The pickup rout is never the right size (ugh)!! The neck holes are a bit closer then a standard neck plate. It takes a little bit of extra work, but it's not too bad. The Warmoth neck is KILLER. I only have one fret (19th) that is a little on the high side. I'll take it over to a friend that is a guitar tech and have him level that fret. For now it's a slight bummer, but it's not a big deal. I shot a video of the build. The edited version is a little over 30 minutes long. I will post it after it uploads to YouTube, for those of you interested in seeing... Once Irma passes - we're expected to get hammered beginning in the afternoon into Monday morning - I'll make a demo/review video of it. I will say I am LOVING the tone and playability. It's a nice looking, solid feeling, specific-toned instrument. Can't ask for more than that!!