A few months back it seemed like there were a lot of butterscotch tele NGD’s here, and it gave me serious GAS. I figured if I was going to get myself a new tele, I wanted it to be special so I asked a local luthier named Mark Mattos, who specializes in building old school pine bodied tele’s, to build me a T type with my specific specs. As the project took steam he gave me the option of forgoing the standard butterscotch finished pine, and instead use a 200+ year old slab of knotty pine salvaged from the first horse and carriage stop in southern Maine. How could I refuse something this unique? I just checked in with him, and it looks like it’s almost done! He still needs to file some string grooves in the saddles and file notches on the back of the bridge base for string passage. It has Nocaster style pickups and will be custom wired with a volume knob and a blend knob, no tone. The front position will be the neck pickup, the back will be bridge pickup, and the middle will be both with the option to blend. I considered doing another B16 bigsby, but I already have one of those so I found a “F” logo B5 for him to install. I love the look of those factory B5 Tele’s from the late 60’s, but I didn’t want to deal with the jazzmaster style bridge again. It has a fat maple neck, medium stainless steel frets, a bone nut, and nickel gotoh locking tuners with the vintage style buttons. I’ll absolutely post when it arrives, but I couldn’t wait to share. thanx for reading.