Which Specs would you choose? - Two similar CS Teles

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  1. Jackobeam

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    Hey everyone. Choosing between two very very similar custom shop telecasters. One is from Daves Guitar and one is a Wildwood 10. The price difference is negligible. Just wondering if anyone has any strong opinions one way or the other based on the following specs (I've omitted obvious specs like bone nut and volume/tone knobs etc):

    Daves:
    Aging: Journeyman Relic 1960.
    Finish Color: Lake Placid Blue.
    Body Wood: Double bound Alder body, white body
    Neck shape: Mid 60′s Oval C shaped Maple neck
    fingerboard radius: 9.5″ radius AAA Rosewood fingerboard
    frets: medium jumbo frets,
    pickups: Handwound ’58 Relic Tele bridge and neck pickups with the modern wiring,
    weight: 7.4 pounds.

    Wildwood 10-'62 tele:
    Finish Color Lake Placid Blue
    Aging Relic-Ready
    Weight 7.28 lbs.
    Body Wood Double-Bound Alder w/White Binding
    Neck Shape '59 Large C Profile
    Neck Dimensions .870 1st - .970 12th
    Fingerboard Rosewood
    Fingerboard Radius Exclusive Wildwood Custom 10" Radius
    Frets 21 6105 Narrow Tall
    Pickups 2 Josefina Hand-Wound Twisted Tele Single-Coils Wound to Wildwood Specification

    I figure I can't go wrong with either. I like the relic look and am leading towards Daves since it's already professionally joureyman relic'd, even though I think the Wildwood may be slightly more custom, limited edition, especially the pickups.
    Main difference is the neck shape (both similar), the pickups, the finish (relic vs relic ready) and the fret type. Also, Daves is about $500 cheaper.

    Anyways, what do you think?
     
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    Main difference is the neck shape (both similar), the pickups, the finish (relic vs relic ready) and the fret type.
     
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    I would go with the wildwood....Mostly due to a flatter neck, not that you would really notice a difference between 9.5 and 10. I also prefer the large C profile.

    I don't really care about the pickups, I would be putting HBs in both positions either way as that is what I need right now.
    But it is not my choice to make.
     
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    Pics of both. Daves is the more horizontal one with the chips in the paint.
     

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    Seeing a pattern of lake placid lover...that on the right shows the wood grain right? It looks amazing.
     
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    Wildwood for me. And it’ll relic enough in time(I love relics too!). I like the specs and the look better personally.
     
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    Yeah, I promise this is my last lake placid...i'll have one of each. I do tend to like the blues, daphne, sonic, taos turquoise...
     
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    I do prefer the darker rosewood neck on the WW. When they are so similar, something has to be the tipping point...that might be it honestly.
     
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    yeah it's a flash coat, so the wood grain shows in some lights. Pretty snazzy.
     
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    Dave’s treated me right on a trade a few years back. Can’t go wrong if you are leaning that way. That said, I am not really a relic fan. The Wildwood is gorgeouso.
     
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    Id get the WW, though the frets on both are deal breakers. Ive gotta have either 6230s, or 6125s.
     
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    Hi, @Jackobeam -Buddy

    I would choose the Wildwood relic ready Tele where you can see the grain.
     
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    Wildwood
     
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    I owned a Wildwood special run Gretsch Duo Jet in Lake Placid blue. It was an absolutely exquisite instrument. Wildwood does some way cool special runs.



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    wow that is beautiful!
     
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    Wildwood would be my choice

    really can’t go wrong with either though
     
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    I would pick the one thats 500 dollars cheaper. Then u could get a lake placid blue classic vibe strat also for 400 and with the last hundred you could eat a nice steak dinner :)
     
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    Logic PRO. Great answer.
     
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    I'm a big fan of relics - and that Daves guitar looks great .. but I really like everything about that wildwood, it gets my vote!
     
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    @Jackobeam My vote is also for the WW, but whichever you choose, it'll be a nice compliment to the Strat in your avatar.
    You'll then need to get a Gretch like the one in @TSims1 post. :)
     
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