Fender Telecaster Plus – custom build by Cogan Guitars

Howdee all,

So, I’m getting a guitar built by Conor Cogan of Cogan guitars. He’s based in County Meath, and I came across his posts on boards.ie a few years back with some samples of his work, and the fact he seemed to mainly deal with telecasters and the likes, I decided I’d get in touch. I like what I had seen. Check out his website for some pics of his work.

I started by buying a used Mexican telecaster. I was going to get it re routed, but in the end decided on a new body. I also decided I’d model it on a Fender Telecaster Plus, similar to that played by Jonny Greenwood in Radiohead. Gaz Coombes of Supergrass also played one for a while. It’s not going to be a 100% replica. I’m not going to have a killswitch, and the bridge is going to be different to the original one. The pic below is one of Jonny Greenwood’s guitars. His has been modded as well as far as I know.

An original telecaster plus

An original telecaster plus

The only things I had to buy were the pickups, a pickguard, and a few other small bits and bobs. The plan is to gut the Mexican telecaster and use the parts of it for the new one.

I also got lucky with the neck on the Mexican telecaster. It’s really nice, played in, and has steel frets, which is a bonus.

What I liked about the telecaster plus is the biting sound of the lace sensors, as well as the look. I could have bought high output regular tele sized pickups and fitted them, but I suppose I wanted to go all out. “In for a penny, in for a pound” as they say.

I bought the parts bit by bit, got stung with VAT on the pickups a few times, but it’ll be worth it!

Here are some progress photos Conor sent on to me. Update: See some pics of the finished product. Not bad eh? You can click on the pics to make them bigger if it takes your fancy.

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I swear, it’s going to be my last electric guitar purchase!


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