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So I have a MIA Standard Telecaster, I really love the neck, it's probably one of the best I've ever played, and the pickups are wonderful. And I want a tele type guitar in my collection. However the one thing that bothers me is the bluntness of the tele body. I have tedinosis in my right arm that I keep manageable with therapy, and up until I seriously spent some time playing a tele, I never truly aggravated it, not with strats, Les Pauls, 335s, or acoustics.

The American Tele bodies already have a belly cut, but what I really need is a forearm contour like a strat to keep my arm pain in check. I've looked at Warmoth bodies, but the price would end up pretty ridiculous for just a body, usually 250 -400 for most, then add 70-100 shipping all in USD, and the cheapest one I can get would probably end up $450 CAD once there's taxes and customs fees tacked on. Is there any place in Canada that can custom make a tele body with an arm contour for less than that?
 
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Put a belt sander to the body that you have and refinish? (last resort)
There are a few makers/distributors on this site.
Hopefully, they'll chime in.
 

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Yeah, just find a luthier, or even really any kind of woodworker, to modify & refinish the body you already have? Probably a luthier as the neck may need to come off & get reset, but then again...
 

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+1 on modding the body if you love the neck & the guitar's a keeper.

Alastair Miller of Barncaster fame isn't too far from you (just south of 404/401). Great luthier, reasonable prices & a Tele fanatic so he'd do it right.

Or open your wallet for a Suhr, Anderson, etc. with the top & tummy contours.
 

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Contact Andrew at Ayr Guitars (Ayr, Ontario near Cambridge). I can't comment on what his price would be but he does great work and I don't think you would be disappointed.

Check out his builds on his Facebook page.

Ayr Guitars

http://ayrguitars.ca/
StratCat is right. Andrew from Ayr Guitars does excellent work, and I can confirm his prices are very reasonable. He built and painted a Thinline Tele body for me and I love this guitar.
 

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I've used an angle grinder, much faster. Clean up with a palm sander. only take you about an hour for both contoursssssss
Don't mind my mcguyver guitar bondage system LOL









 

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So....If I was to visit Sask. to get you to do the contouring, do I get to relax in the lounge chair with a glass of wine while the work is being done?

The contour work looks great! Well done!
 

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sure, you can even chat up my wife, she could use some attention!
 
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Wasn't offended in the slightest.. come on by BYOB - I'll kick your ass at Yahtzee 'til you plead for mercy
 

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StratCat is right. Andrew from Ayr Guitars does excellent work, and I can confirm his prices are very reasonable. He built and painted a Thinline Tele body for me and I love this guitar.
This is a pretty good review!
 

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DIY is the way to go if you want to be out min cash and are reasonably handy. Yes, you will depreciate the value of the guitar, if that matters.

I got a really fancy Tele body from Warmoth, well over double what you quoted.
 
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