$32 Tele bare body from Walmart

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by Michael7, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

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  2. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Can we be sure that this isn't a kitchen cutting board?
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  3. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    I saw these same body's for sale on ebay for a long time now, and was thinking about it mice-elf, I'm sure they are made in China.. A little unsure if it's maple, don't be shocked if it isnt...Heck, you can always return it... Dam, Walmart sells guitar bodies now WTF.....
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  4. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-holic

    Jun 16, 2016
    NY - EC
    At $32, even if it's not maple, it's still a good deal.
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  5. mb doug

    mb doug Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Long Island
    Looks like poplar to me. I'm thinking about giving it a try.
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  6. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    I would have never thought to look at Wally's web site for guitar parts.

    I am searching for a flux capacitor now...
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  7. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    If you look up the Tele bodies on eBay with the same description of “guitar barrel body” the one review I found says it’s not maple. The person called it junk wood. If I remember correctly, these are Polawina bodies(no idea if that is spelled correctly). Very soft and light weight wood.
  8. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    That's what I thought too.
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  9. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    That light... could be sycamore (like the Sawtooth’s)
  10. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    For those of you late to the Walmart guitar party, my Sawtooth Tele came from there for $65 delivered, and was an even better buy. Of course, at the price, I wasn't reluctant to add Dragonfire pickups and brass saddles.


    You can currently buy this Glarry Tele for under $70 for delivery supposedly as soon as next Weds. It almost looks like it may come from the same factory as the Sawtooth.

    I searched for that one using "Glarry electric guitar" on the main Walmart side. If you do just "electric guitar", there is a vast number of similar deals.
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  11. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    It's probably paulownia, not that that's a bad thing. The details say it weighs 2.71 lbs. . The grain on the one in the ad looks like my paulownia Strat.

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  12. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    Nice grain and color on that one, mkgearhead! Did you finish it from a bare body, or is that how you got it!
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  13. DrewB

    DrewB Squier Talker

    Jan 3, 2020
    Independence, MO
    If it is Poplar, it'll probably be great. Poplar makes a very good-sounding guitar.
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  14. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    I bought it already finished. It was a prototype for a small company that was considering building guitars. When they decided against it they put this body up on eBay. It’s got a nice flame maple veneer on the front.
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  15. BarnyardShark1979

    BarnyardShark1979 Squier-Meister

    Jul 9, 2020
    Baltimore Maryland
    I went ahead and took the plunge on this. I figure I already have the pickguard, pickups, controls, and control plate I took out of my Squier Std Tele laying around, along with the Wilkinson vintage-style bridge that would have required a lot of re-filling and re-drilling that I didn't feel up to. All I need is a neck and I'll be on my way to my first partscaster.
  16. Big tuna

    Big tuna Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2014
    east Tn
    I believe they call it barrel wood like this sycamore body it was $32 off ebay lightweight 20200928_194825.jpg
  17. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    That's a good deal. Would be worth checking out.
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  18. bls8226

    bls8226 Squier Talker

    Feb 16, 2020
    Good luck. Probably a lot of us are interested in your opinion of it. Keep us posted please.
  19. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    After digging around the Walmart site, I found this, which is an even better deal. A Thinline body in mahogany for under $50 delivered!


    I like that the body is a bit heavier than the first one above, to help prevent neck dive. I also like the flame veneer front and that it is configured like a regular Tele with standard control panel, not one with the giant pick guard and knob array located near the jack.

    And it is $40 less than the Amazon Prime price!

    The Amazon site is the best place to read about the features and drawbacks of this body. Including the important information that the neck pocket width is correct for a Squier neck, despite showing a narrower dimension. See the Questions for this info.

    Hope this helps anyone wanting to build something a bit different.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2020