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I've decided to take @StevieMac 's advice and get a Burtone Telecaster Built. Once I started shopping around, it just started making sense . The USD to CAD is a bit of a b!tch, but it isn't a deal killer.

It will look similar to the one below (which I love). I realize the relic guys will disapprove (and that's cool - I get it), but I need a relic'd neck to play to my full capability and a relic'd neck will look stupid without a relic'd body.

My question is this - what fret wire is typically found on the older 50s teles or the 50s custom shops? Is it the 6230?

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I've decided to take @StevieMac 's advice and get a Burtone Telecaster Built. Once I started shopping around, it just started making sense . The USD to CAD is a bit of a b!tch, but it isn't a deal killer.

It will look similar to the one below (which I love). I realize the relic guys will disapprove (and that's cool - I get it), but I need a relic'd neck to play to my full capability and a relic'd neck will look stupid without a relic'd body.

My question is this - what fret wire is typically found on the older 50s teles or the 50s custom shops? Is it the 6230?

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6230 is the small vintage wire. Are you going with a 7.25" radius?

I actually like the smaller wire with the vintage radius.
 

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6230 is the small vintage wire. Are you going with a 7.25" radius?

I actually like the smaller wire with the vintage radius.
TBH, I don't know the radius for these guitars, but I'm thinking 9.5 and 6105s might be the way to go. I have 6105s on my LP style guitar, so maybe I should stick to it.

I may have to go out again and hit a couple of shops. Cosmo sold all the ones I needed to look at.
 

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I've decided to take @StevieMac 's advice and get a Burtone Telecaster Built. Once I started shopping around, it just started making sense . The USD to CAD is a bit of a b!tch, but it isn't a deal killer.

It will look similar to the one below (which I love). I realize the relic guys will disapprove (and that's cool - I get it), but I need a relic'd neck to play to my full capability and a relic'd neck will look stupid without a relic'd body.

My question is this - what fret wire is typically found on the older 50s teles or the 50s custom shops? Is it the 6230?

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Now, is this the same Adcandour that told us a few months ago that he was done buying guitars?:)
 
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Now, is this the same Adcandour that told us a few months ago that he was done buying guitars?:)
Did I say that? I probably said - I have found my tone and I'm done - which I have/am.

I need a second quality guitar for when the Monty is in the shop . I'm planning on having the Monty refinished and can't go guitarless for a month :)

Also, I need one to play on the main level of my home - the new puppy is consuming way too much time. I can't get down to the basement and play for more than 20 minutes, since getting him. He's making me nuts, and he's my wife's dog.

After typing that out, I see it's a pretty weak cover for some tele gas...
 

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TBH, I don't know the radius for these guitars, but I'm thinking 9.5 and 6105s might be the way to go. I have 6105s on my LP style guitar, so maybe I should stick to it.

I may have to go out again and hit a couple of shops. Cosmo sold all the ones I needed to look at.
Can't go wrong with the 6105 IMO. I have the Jescar 55085 wire on my Tele style guitar....its the same height as the 6105 but slightly narrower.
 

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I've decided to take @StevieMac 's advice and get a Burtone Telecaster Built. Once I started shopping around, it just started making sense . The USD to CAD is a bit of a b!tch, but it isn't a deal killer.

It will look similar to the one below (which I love). I realize the relic guys will disapprove (and that's cool - I get it), but I need a relic'd neck to play to my full capability and a relic'd neck will look stupid without a relic'd body.

My question is this - what fret wire is typically found on the older 50s teles or the 50s custom shops? Is it the 6230?

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I have no idea how fret wire is numbered/named but I do know that those guitars had the 7.25" radius and small, vintage sized frets.
 

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I have no idea how fret wire is numbered/named but I do know that those guitars had the 7.25" radius and small, vintage sized frets.
Yeah, I did a bit of research, but I just can't get my head around it. there's just no way the CS teles I've tried have that radius. The strats I can see, but I just can't fathom the teles.
 

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Colchar is absolutely correct. As a custom build you can have any fret radius and frets that you want. As far as the fret wire goes, I'm with you. My favorite fret size is 6105. I also prefer a 9 1/2" radius.
 

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I predict you'll be VERY pleased with Marc's work. And FWIW, the Burtone's can hold their value better than I may have indicated to you earlier. The one that was up here recently sold this week for $1250 USD as a reference point...
 
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Did I say that? I probably said - I have found my tone and I'm done - which I have/am.

I need a second quality guitar for when the Monty is in the shop . I'm planning on having the Monty refinished and can't go guitarless for a month :)

Also, I need one to play on the main level of my home - the new puppy is consuming way too much time. I can't get down to the basement and play for more than 20 minutes, since getting him. He's making me nuts, and he's my wife's dog.

After typing that out, I see it's a pretty weak cover for some tele gas...

If I was you, I would go back and find that post and delete it. Face it, as long as we can play and have some extra change in our pockets, we are never done. :)

As for a tele, it's on my back burner to get one before too long but I have another guitar in my sights first.

I am sure you'll enjoy yours. There's just something about them that can't be replaced by any other type of guitar.
 
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godammit - I knew it.
Fender Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic Telecaster - Faded Nocaster Blonde
The majority of the custom shop teles ( and there's a lot) on the tundra site are 6105 fret wire and a 9.5 radius. I have played a couple there, so I know this is definitely the route to take.
You can put together a partscaster that looks/sounds/plays like that for $1,500, sans the Fender decal.
Add your own decal if you want.
Math:
Fender Telecaster - $4,995 x 1.13 = $5,644.35 - if the price is in CAD
Tele-style partscaster - $1,500 all in.
$5,644.35
- $1,500.00
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$4,144.35
Hey, it's your money
 

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You can put together a partscaster that looks/sounds/plays like that for $1,500, sans the Fender decal.
Add your own decal if you want.
Math:
Fender Telecaster - $4,995 x 1.13 = $5,644.35 - if the price is in CAD
Tele-style partscaster - $1,500 all in.
$5,644.35
- $1,500.00
_________
$4,144.35
Hey, it's your money
Stephen, did you just jump in at the end of the thread again. Shame on you.
 
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