Telecaster uke build : part 01 – Idea

Ahh…the Telecaster.  The iconic guitar that launched 10,000 licks.  Elegant in it’s beauty and playability.   Everyman in it’s straightforward design and construction.

Okay.  Enough pontification.

The very first electric ukulele that I built was styled after a Telecaster.  I used a neck from a kit because I didn’t have the resources or skills to make my own. All of the main parts were the same ones that would be used on a full-sized Tele.  I liked the functionally of the two pickups and the selector switch, but the small body left very little surface area for all of the parts.

I am going to revisit my first build and make another Telecaster ukulele.  The desire is to make an instrument that plays beautifully and resembles a Standard Telecaster.  Here are some things that I want to incorporate into this ukulele:

  • 15 inch scale.  Most of my other builds have been soprano scale, but I want this to be a little longer.
  • One piece maple neck and fretboard.  This will add a degree of difficulty to the build.  If I mess up the fretboard, the whole neck is trash.
  • One pickup with tone and volume controls.
  • String-thru-body bridge.
  • Fiesta Red nitrocellulose lacquer finish.  Thankfully, I have some of this paint leftover from my Jag-Stang ukulele build.

That should wrap up the preliminary stuff.  I’m excited to get working on this thing!

One thought on “Telecaster uke build : part 01 – Idea

  1. I’m going to paint this Midnight Wine instead of Fiesta Red. After thinking about it, I want to pick a color from the normal Standard Telecaster palette.

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