Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com

What do 'Master Builders' actually do?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by AndrewG, Feb 17, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. AndrewG

    AndrewG Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    64
    May 15, 2007
    Exeter, England
    After all a Tele isn't exactly the last word in high-end, complex luthiery. I'm assuming they don't hand-carve necks and bodies, or do they? Do they fret the necks, paint and finish the guitars; solder up their own electronics?
    Or (with my cynics hat on), is the whole Masterbuilt thing simply a marketing ploy?
     

  2. rotheryrules

    rotheryrules Tele-Meister

    379
    Mar 28, 2011
    Manchester Uk
    I'm a trained Luthier, and though I haven't made a guitar from scratch in a few years when I did I made everything from scratch, even the truss rod!
    The wood arrived rough sawn and it was painstakingly planed, filed, spoke shaved, routed, fretted and sprayed until it looked like a guitar!

    For me Master Built means more time was taken in everything from wood choice measurement, look at a neck joint on say a Suhr or Anderson compared to an American std.The former is microscopic in its fit and finish.
     

  3. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    45
    Apr 15, 2005
    UK
    I thought they selected the timber, prep'd, painted and built individual instruments by themselves. In other words, NOT Team-built. I could be wrong!

    Thanks,
     

  4. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    I believe they build guitars, that is what they do.
    They carve bodies, fret necks, solder electronics and everything.
    See:

    http://www.stratcollector.com/newsdesk/archives/000110.html

    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/index.php/master-built/

    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/index.php/master-built/

    John Cruz
    [​IMG]


    Greg Fessler
    [​IMG]


    Dennis Galuszka
    [​IMG]


    Todd Krause
    [​IMG]


    Yuriy Shishkov
    [​IMG]


    Jason Smith
    [​IMG]


    Stephen Stern
    [​IMG]


    Paul Waller
    [​IMG]


    Dale Wilson
    [​IMG]
     

  5. bbmyers

    bbmyers Tele-Meister

    362
    May 15, 2011
    NY
    "What do 'Master Builders' actually do?"


    Simple.. They are the best at hiding their mistakes!

    Bb
     

  6. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    71
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Voila!

    Ron Kirn
     

  7. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona
    They don't buy necks from other people, bolt them on a body and say they "built" it. :)

    ME
     

  8. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    So Fender are paying big salaries to 9 people for choosing wood,
    looking at the neck joints and covering mistakes...
     

  9. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona

  10. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona

  11. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    How many "masterbuilt" gtrs are made by Fender CS every year?
     

  12. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona
    And, this...(Kit Carson made the little bits on this one)
    [​IMG]

    ME
     

  13. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona

  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'd guess the "Masters" use the best materials available,
    and exercise the most care and skill possible.
    I don't have much (any) experience with Masterbuilt models.
    The Fender style, bolt/screw together electric guitar is a comparatively new
    art form.
    All of us here are devotees.
    It owes a lot of it's origin to Henry Ford and his assembly line building style.
    Having one (master) builder puts a lot of responsibility to "deliver" on the guy.
    Now I'm going to seek a few out, and form an opinion.
     

  15. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona
    And, this...(the balls even have the FCS logo laser etched on them!)
    [​IMG]

    ME
     

  16. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    They also do simple and beautiful "things", like this:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     

  17. Mike Eldred

    Mike Eldred Tele-Meister

    186
    May 26, 2009
    Arizona
    ooooo....my want!!!!

    ME
     

  18. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    Oh, and they also have a sweet lady, hand wounding pick ups for them all day long...:)


    [​IMG]
     

  19. Stop TRYING to get banned.

    A.Y. is definitely my [removed by Admin] Suppose I'll get banned for this now ;)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 21, 2012

  20. Latebluesman

    Latebluesman Tele-Meister

    bbmyers and RonKirn, please explain what you mean by "hiding their mistakes".
     

IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.