Build your DREAM TELECASTER from a CHEAP Guitar Fetish Kit

This is the story of how I built a high end boutique grade guitar from a cheap DIY kit from Guitar Fetish (GFS). The kit itself was not super awesome, but luckily even with a cheap kit theres very little that can’t be fixed. I tried out a few new techniques for the sheetmetal pickguard and the enhanced wood grain on the body, and it turned out absolutely beautiful.

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Watch how I made the metal pickguard here:

Watch how I enhanced the black/silver wood grain here:

You can see my wiring issues here (two parts, the problems and the fix):

Watch my original review of this kit here:

Here are all the parts I used in this build:

This is the guitar kit I’m building from guitar fetish, which is a great place to buy guitar bodies made of paulownia to use for this technique (Guitar Fetish is NOT an affiliate):
just the body here:

wood grain filler products:

For this particular project, black stain with metallic silver grain:

*Prices mentioned in this video are subject to change without notice. Please check the links below for current pricing.

Minwax true black stain:

Rub n buff metallic wax finish (silver leaf color): (it’s about half this price in your local craft shop)

teak oil (for removing the top layer of wax):

To do a darker wood grain on a light stain use kiwi shoe polish as your wax finish:

Sheet metal:

Sheet metal nibbler drill attachement (BEST TOOL EVER!):

Penetrol (for rust prevention):

Minwax Satin Poly Spray (to protect from scratching):

bottle opener:

Deoxit d5:

fishman powerbridge tele:

fishman powerchip:

tele 4 way switch:

Push/Pull 500k pots:

Soldering tools:
soldering iron kit:

solder tip cleaner:

tip tinner:

wire strippers (not the exact ones I have, but these are basically the same and have good reviews):

22awg hookup wire:

60/40 solder:

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