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Tab Benoit's Thinline

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jaimed, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. jaimed

    jaimed Poster Extraordinaire

    Saw a pic of it in a recent magazine.

    If he was better known, bet a custom shop model would be out.

    Now I've got GAS.

    Anyone else have a Thinline?

    jaime

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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013
  2. RockerDuck

    RockerDuck Friend of Leo's

    Jan 29, 2010
    Marietta,GA
    Nope, Its a stock Thinline from the 70's. Probably had it worked on tho'.
     
  3. I think Tab signature model should be a great idea.

    But replicating that would be a LOT of work.
     
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  5. Rusrant

    Rusrant Tele-Meister

    313
    Sep 8, 2009
    Birmingham, AL
    Sig model would be great, but I wouldn't want the relicing. His was done right, years of real playing.
     
  6. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Tele-Meister

    245
    Apr 21, 2009
    Johnstown PA

    I think it's been pretty worn as long as he's had it. If I'm not mistaken he has a few that look very similar and buys others like them when he sees them for sale. I agree he's a very underrated player, and a signature series guitar would be cool. I have seen him a couple times and he always plays his heart out.
     
  7. yark14

    yark14 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    28
    Aug 2, 2008
    Austin, TX. Formerly Iowa
    I saw him a few years ago and was very close to the stage. The thing was beat to hell, but still sounded great. I'm 99% positive it is a 70's thinline thats just been a player for him for years and years. Modifications? Perhaps, but hard to say for sure.
     
  8. Daddy Hojo

    Daddy Hojo Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2011
    Kentucky
    I read in premier guitar that the only non-stock component to the guitar was a playing card as a shim in the neck pocket.
     
  9. Rusrant

    Rusrant Tele-Meister

    313
    Sep 8, 2009
    Birmingham, AL
    If I remember right it's a '74. He's had it for years, at least since early 90's and it was in pretty good shape then. He does indeed have a few, but the main, beat to hell thinline is the same that he has had. He is currently playing Category 5 sig amps last time I saw him.
     
  10. roycaster

    roycaster Tele-Meister

    416
    Aug 27, 2012
    Santa Cruz California


    I thought that those were Micro Tilt necks, which means there shouldn’t be a playing card in the neck pocket.
     
  11. Badabing

    Badabing Friend of Leo's

    Oct 13, 2009
    San Marcos, Ca
    Here is a live shot of it...

     
  12. tiskit86

    tiskit86 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 6, 2011
    Oakland
    I don't know how that the original pic in the first post is, but I can't imagine that neck getting past any more fret jobs. It already looks totally scalloped. Can you just play a guitar neck until it disintegrates?
     
  13. Ed P

    Ed P Friend of Leo's

    Nov 9, 2006
    California
    Not necessarily. Micro Tilts can't accomplish every type of adjustment of that ilk.
     
  14. Sometimes guys shim the sides of the pocket and the bottom, sometimes just one side or the other to tighten up those sloppy neck pockets on those 3 screw models. A playing card would be a great thickness for a side shim. Just because a 3 bolt has the adjustment feature does not mean it should be utilized, I think. Plus, do we know if it is a front shim or a back one? If you need a front shim, a microtilt is of no consequence or use to you.

    Tab could have changed things up, but mostly he plays that very beat up sunburst, or he plays a less beat up clear finish one. If he's got multiples beyond that, I don't know about it.
     
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