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New Gatton Teles at Dave's

Mr. Sparkle
February 9th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Dave's Guitar in La Crosse Wisconsin has just listed a pair of new Fender Gatton Teles. Vintage Blonde? What are the pickups and bridge. Not listed in the 2006 Frontline. Very interesting, I guess.

http://www.davesguitar.com/product/DG0897.JPG

http://www.davesguitar.com/index.html

GuitarJonz
February 9th, 2006, 12:35 PM
http://www.davesguitar.com/product/DG0897B.JPG
If it is a brand new, recent issue model, it should have the Bill Lawrence designed dual rail pickups, that are built by Fender. Zooming in on that pic, you can see they have the offset rails on the bridge pup, like Bardens. rails look maybe a tiny bit thinner? Tough to see the markings on the bridge, but it looks like a standard thickness Fender plate from what I see, with Gatton cutout on treble side and extra 2 screws at top. Rather lighter in color than previous models?? If this one has the new pickups, it is the first I've seen, and it will be interesting to hear some reviews of them. Now who is gonna run over there to try it, and give us a full report???

dhdfoster
February 9th, 2006, 12:48 PM
I love that color. It's not blonde and it's not really butterscotch. It's definitely not pumpkin.

Is that what a new Tele would have looked like in the early 50s?

Yes, I do agree that those must be the Fender made, Bill Lawrence designed pickups.

Big Mike Blues
February 9th, 2006, 01:59 PM
Nice! I really would love to try one of those. Never seen one in person though. Even at NAMM.

Cheese
February 9th, 2006, 02:05 PM
vanilla?

Masterbuilt
February 9th, 2006, 04:05 PM
I had the first one of these in the UK back in the early 90's.Its neck was huge and the body finish a bit on the heavy side.The zircon sidemarkers kept fallling off which was annoying.I kept it till 1996 and swapped it for a new Cunetto Nocaster.The Bardens and cool bridge save the day though.
Saw a new one the other day for $2600.I paid 1795 new for mine!

Fuzzyhead
February 9th, 2006, 04:50 PM
The specs are the same as on fender.com, aren't they?

Chris S.
February 9th, 2006, 06:44 PM
I love that color. It's not blonde and it's not really butterscotch. It's definitely not pumpkin... Is that what a new Tele would have looked like in the early 50s?
vanilla?

I'd call it "Heywood-Wakefield Blond" there's even a book by that title:

http://www.collectorbookstore.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/2003257/vpcsid/0/SFV/25130

It was an enormously popular line of furniture from the 1930s well into the 1950s. Here's an example:

http://www.boomerangmodern.com/images/bigdeskM320.JPG

Try Googling "Heywood Wakefield" for more info. Hope it helps, CS :-)

AJ Love
February 11th, 2006, 09:33 PM
Didn't the original design of the Gatton Tele have compensated Saddles?

dbirchett
February 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM
Didn't the original design of the Gatton Tele have compensated Saddles?

Yes, and it appears that one does too. But it is subtle.

austintele
February 12th, 2006, 07:10 PM
hi guys,

i have a 2003 gatton. It has a stainless steel bridge (non magnetic), it's slightly thinner than a vintage bridge. The bridge also has shorter walls than a vintage.

The saddles are compensated

The pickups are joe bardens.

One interesting note is that the serial numbers are not in order with the Gattons. There is a Gatton on ebay from 2000 with a serial number in the 500's where my is from 2003 and the serial number is in the 400's. :o

See ya

d. meyers
February 12th, 2006, 08:01 PM
Someone with some Barden experience really needs to try one of these things out. If the pickups are even close, Fender ought to look into putting them on the market. Personally, I loved Joe's strat deluxe PU's, and would like another set- but not at $6-800! Maybe he'll be back.

editorjuno
February 12th, 2006, 08:12 PM
Someone with some Barden experience really needs to try one of these things out. If the pickups are even close, Fender ought to look into putting them on the market. Personally, I loved Joe's strat deluxe PU's, and would like another set- but not at $6-800! Maybe he'll be back.

The Gatton Tele's new pickups will be available from Fender as an aftermarket product -- exactly when, I don't know, but a plan is in place. Afaik there will be no Strat version.

Tim Griffin
February 13th, 2006, 12:16 PM
It's not a Gatton without Joe's pickups IMHO.

CancerLeoCam
February 13th, 2006, 01:21 PM
...are really hot! I had Tele295 and Dadical, Tele maestros, unleash the Barden fury on my amp this weekend. :shock:

Anyone know what the impedance is on them? Thanks!

csapo
February 13th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Maybe this has been covered in the P/up forum, but does anyone have experience with these? I'm looking to juice up one of my tele's and need some feedback or a recommendation.

http://store.guitarfetish.com/casetcvililp.html

Chris S.
February 13th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Maybe this has been covered in the P/up forum, but does anyone have experience with these? I'm looking to juice up one of my tele's and need some feedback or a recommendation. http://store.guitarfetish.com/casetcvililp.html
Yes, they've been discussed in several threads, here are a few:

http://tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=42809

http://tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=40268

http://tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=39012

Btw, that's 'Bard<u>e</u>n' with an 'e' I think 'bardin' is a type of spicy Cajun sausage.* ;-) CS













*(No, I know it's actually "boudin"... it was a joke...) ;-)

csapo
February 13th, 2006, 03:40 PM
Thanks for the threads and the correction. I will never make it as a proof reader!

Tele295
February 13th, 2006, 04:07 PM
...are really hot! I had Tele295 and Dadical, Tele maestros, unleashed the Barden fury on my amp this weekend. :shock:

Anyone know what the impedance is on them? Thanks!

Sorry about beating up up your amp, buddy. That Barden attack is harsh, I'm tellin' ya! Gatton used to routinely wear out amps, sometimes even causing them to catch on fire. Your amp sure sounded sweet, though!!!!

The impedence is a lot lower than you think. Joe Barden once said that the secret to his pickups is winding to a specific inductance, not impedence. Higher impedence means more wire around the coil, but it also muddies up the tone.

Someone find me a new Gatton w/ Lawrence pups anywhere in California. I'll go try it out and report back.

JohnnyAtomic
February 13th, 2006, 10:32 PM
I love that color. It's not blonde and it's not really butterscotch. It's definitely not pumpkin... Is that what a new Tele would have looked like in the early 50s?
vanilla?

I'd call it "Heywood-Wakefield Blond" there's even a book by that title:

http://www.collectorbookstore.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/2003257/vpcsid/0/SFV/25130

It was an enormously popular line of furniture from the 1930s well into the 1950s. Here's an example:

http://www.boomerangmodern.com/images/bigdeskM320.JPG

Try Googling "Heywood Wakefield" for more info. Hope it helps, CS :-)

David Barnett should knowall about this, He lives in Hillcrest :wink: (inside joke)