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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Denny Dias' Telecaster

If anyone could help me out here I'd be really greatful!

I'm a huge fan of Denny Dias' playing style and tone. My introduction to his playing upon hearing "Bodhisattva" when I picked up a copy of Steely Dan's "Countdown to Ecstacy" on vinyl a few years back.
I was floored!

I have been looking on the net for info on this Telecaster of his that looks heavily modified;



To me, it looks like the guts of a LP in a Tele with a few coil-tap/phase switches?
Does anyone know the set up of this guitar? Does anyone know where I could find more information about this guitar?

There seems to be very little information about the man himself on the interweb? Or am I not looking in the right places???

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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe I read somewhere that his old band mate Jeff "Skunk" Baxter built that guitar for Denny. Skunk made his own tele at one time as was discussed a few weeks ago on the board.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 06:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks FM73!
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The only thing I can add is to join you in your admiration for this very fine guitar player. I also tried to find out more about his instrument without any luck, so if you will be more succesfull in your quest, please share it with us!
Thanks in advance!
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 05:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would like to know a bit more about that guitar too. Denny Dias discusses his contribution to Aja on the Classic Albums DVD:
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Albums.../dp/6305772649

Also a bit of a tangent, but a few weeks ago a friend told me that Denny wound up doing computer programming and Skunk Baxter consulted on missile defense for the Pentagon.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 12:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I found this hint on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Telecaster_players

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Denny Dias of Steely Dan presaged the 1970s trend for dual-humbucker Teles by replacing both of the single coils in his guitar with humbuckers and installing a Stratocaster-style bridge.
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Reference comes from page 73 of this book:

Bacon, Tony (2005), Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster: The story of the world's first solidbody electric guitar, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-856-7.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 01:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's some good footage from Midnight Special of the guitar before it got the bridge humbucker and Strat bridge. A stage full of modified Fenders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNMEmmHpUiE
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 07:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He's got the humbucker in the neck by this point: ("Do It Again")



And it's modified to what I'm looking for in this clip ("My Old School"). Not very good shots of it, mainly in the background.

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Old August 4th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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cool! my peavey tele looked liked that sort of when i put two humbuckers and a strat bridge to have a six piece bridge. i was attempting a copy of jeff beck's telegib. nice to see denny's tele.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 08:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You might try searching the archives online for Guitar Player magazine. Somewhere I have an old issue of GP from back in the '70s with an interview where he talks about the Tele in some detail.
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Love Denny! Some of my fav Dan solos are his. The intro solo to Mr.Parkers Band is outrageous!!!! Its too bad Denny quit playing, I would have enjoyed hearing more of his work.
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