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):
https://www.guitarfetish.com/Super-Lightweight-Telereg-Style-kit-with-Rosewood-_p_1204.html
just the body here:
https://www.guitarfetish.com/Lightweight-Telereg-Style-Pauwlonia-Body-SPECIAL-PURCHASE_p_29248.html

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:
https://amzn.to/2TpcVjM

Rub n buff metallic wax finish (silver leaf color):
https://amzn.to/2CbeUgZ (it’s about half this price in your local craft shop)

teak oil (for removing the top layer of wax):
https://amzn.to/2u5IYWV

To do a darker wood grain on a light stain use kiwi shoe polish as your wax finish:
https://amzn.to/2TrSrH4

Sheet metal:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-12-in-x-2-ft-Plated-Steel-Sheet-Metal/3054563

Sheet metal nibbler drill attachement (BEST TOOL EVER!):
https://amzn.to/2SCjN86

Penetrol (for rust prevention):
https://amzn.to/2Xy3Xik

Minwax Satin Poly Spray (to protect from scratching):
https://amzn.to/2EFIRqO

bottle opener:
https://amzn.to/2DLYzjF

Deoxit d5:
https://amzn.to/2IpxE02

fishman powerbridge tele:
https://amzn.to/2VDsbGt

fishman powerchip:
https://amzn.to/2ZaNeCO

tele 4 way switch:
https://amzn.to/2UQk4JL

Push/Pull 500k pots:
https://amzn.to/2vXbNZe

Soldering tools:
soldering iron kit:
https://amzn.to/2GMuOkA

solder tip cleaner:
https://amzn.to/2Qbx1Zn

tip tinner:
https://amzn.to/2wO0QGy

wire strippers (not the exact ones I have, but these are basically the same and have good reviews):
https://amzn.to/2NUfKlS

22awg hookup wire:
https://amzn.to/2QiH2Ei

60/40 solder:
https://amzn.to/2wQfc9x

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