Fresh off the workbench. I finally caught up with my custom builds and wanted to try something new over the holidays so I built the “Surfcaster. I wanted to make a lighter coloured body that looked like it was made from a couple of boards that fell off of the surfboard rental shop. You know, kind of sun bleached with a bit of colour left on them and a few nail holes. They are actually oak boards with a bit of blue dye and some pickling compound over a Douglas fir back. There, I gave away my secret. I made a minimalist pick guard to show off more of the blue wood. The knobs are not from a Tele but an aged Strat style. This is my first Tele style guitar without the traditional single coil bridge. They are two GFS Surf 90 pickups, hence the “Surfcaster” name. I bought a set of them to try on this guitar but first I wanted to read a few reviews of them. The first page that popped up on the search said “DON’T BUY GFS SURF 90 PICKUPS”. Oh oh! I clicked on the forum and the guy further explained, “You will lose your job and your wife will leave you because you won't be able to stop playing. They are amazing, amazing pickups!” Whew! I like the P90 sound and these don’t disappoint. They have a sparkly clean sound and the bridge position has the grunt of a P90. They are not only good for clean surf or country style music but they roar on the overdrive channel. Actually, I have been playing this for a few weeks now and it basically just has a great clean, round sound but can go very bright if needed.