Chengal Telecaster

A very special guitar making project was given to Guitaring Passionately in August 2013.


At the onset, I was presented with a set of woods that were once outdoor benches, of 50 years in excess. My client asked me if I could build a guitar out from these chengal woods. At that point I have no idea how these chengal benches was like, especially their structural conditions.


To make guitars, it is important to start with suitable materials. Imagine to entertain the thoughts of making guitars from woods that were weather beaten for 50 over years and with uncountable number of cracks. I think it would be nerve wrecking for any luthiers to take on this challenge.


As I visually inspected the woods, I began to evaluate the varying dimensions, the structural conditions and surface appearances. My aims were to evaluate all conceivable information and factors before proposing the appropriate build to my friend, also my client. Click here to read more…

The basic specifications of this custom Chengal Telecaster Guitar.


- Body: Full Weathered 50 years old Chengal wood (chambered)

- Body Finished: Satin Clear Polyurethane

- Neck: Figured Rengas

- Neck Finished: Satin Clear Polyurethane

- Fingerboard : Figured Rengas

- Position Inlays: Mother of Pearl

- Frets: 22

- Fret Size: Meduim Jumbo

- Scale Length: 25 1/2"

- Machine heads: Schaller Locking Tuners

- Neck joint: 4-Bolt Standard

- Truss Rod: 4mm Hex Allen Key

- Nut: Unbleached Bone

- Nut Width: 42mm

- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro for Tele

- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Jerry Donhue Model for Tele

- Pickup Selector Switch: Fender 3-Position Vintage Telecaster Pickup Selector

- Pickup Switching: Fender 3-way, (1) Neck, (2) Neck-Bridge, (3) Bridge

- Bridge: Fender 6-Saddle Vintage-Style

- Hardware: Chromed

- Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment

- Control Knobs: Knurled Domed-Top

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