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Your Signature Guitar?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by flowwrito, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. flowwrito

    flowwrito TDPRI Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    United States
    If you had a signature guitar, what would it be? Post and let people know!

    My personal choice:
    -Maple fretboard
    -24 frets
    -Telecaster headstock
    -Brass nut
    -Gold tuners
    -Black question-mark inlays
    -Black binding
    -25" scale length

    -Split Jazzmaster shape
    -Surf Green
    -Black 3-ply pickguard
    -Gold Schaller Non-tremolo roller bridge
    -HSH configuration
    -DiMarzio Super Distortion F-spaced in neck position, black
    -Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound in middle position, black
    -Seymour Duncan '59 Trembucker in neck position, reverse zebra
    -j-bass knobs
    -1 volume 1 tone
    -Black Ice onboard distortion in place of tone cap

    (yeah, it's pretty specific)

    EDIT: I meant bridge position when talking about the '59 trembucker. Sorry!
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2016
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  2. Bortyeast

    Bortyeast Tele-Holic

    Dec 9, 2012
    So 2 neck pickups and nothing in the bridge?

    And why walnut if it's going to be painted anyway?

  3. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    This is my "signature " guitar; a MIK Sheraton that I have done the 50's wiring, Biorn audio pots, Switchcraft switch and 1/4" output jack, blacked out bridge, tail stop, 18:1 Grover tuners, zebra low output Alnico II buckers, SG witch hat knobs and 335-like custom pickguard. If I let (;)) Epiphone make it an authentic "Obsessed Signature Model" I would demand a smaller headstock. I conveniently left the truss rod cover blank awaiting for Epiphone's decision. photo-2.JPG Sheraton 3:16.jpg
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  4. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Tele-Holic

    Jan 25, 2015
    Hayward, WI
    Casino coupe, factory standard.

  5. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I'm primarily an acoustic blues player, so a good vintage Gibson J-45.

    In electric, it would be a vintage-style Gibson LP Jr with an added neck pickup, absolutely no bling, 2*P90. Or Ry's coodercaster. :D
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  6. Will Swim

    Will Swim NEW MEMBER!

    Apr 13, 2016
    Folsom, CA
    I'm trying to build one and could use some input. My brother just died and left me with a bunch of things to work with. He used to provide security for big names when they came to Honolulu and over the years aquiered quite a collection of guitars given to him for going above and beyond while providing security. The problem is that he had a few stolen and afterwards did his best to hide the good guitars. He bought a bunch of cheap silvertones, cresent and starcaster guitars and after removing most of the identifying decals and such from the good guitars he started switching parts around to disguise the good ones. He told me about most of the good ones but didn't show me which parts went with each guitar. One of his favorites he painted flat primer black and it was so ugly no one gave it a second thought. It's an 83 vintage Kramer from Eddy VanHalen. Black body telecaster with black pickgaurd SSH configuration. I think the singles are Schaller, the hubucker is Seymour duncan custom shop overwound PAF wound by Marciela Juarez and of course a Floyd rose tremolo. There's a vintage Chandler dated 9/83 that has a gold mirror pickgaurd and I think it's a SSH to. There's a white Fender start that was signed by the band Motley Crue with personal notes, from the Dr Feel-good Tour. And then a plain white strat pickgaurd signed by Elvis Costello (that one is registered and authenticated). There are a couple others I have no idea what they are. Right now I'm leaning towards the Chandler pickgaurd with the Kramer pups, the black VanHalen body because of the Floyd Rose but with a different neck. I have no idea what the neck is but it looks like a standard strat maple with rosewood fretboard. Mainly because it's a very shallow profile that fits my hand perfectly. I've tried about a half dozen different combinations so far and this one sounds awesome. Problem is, they all souñd awesome. The body I wanted to use was a clear finished swamp ash strat. It's gorgeous and had a double eagle trmolo which looks identical to the Floyd Rose. It's the lightest body by far and the best looking. The problem is that at some point someone got a little too heavy on the trem and cracked the body inside the trem cavity on both sides where the trem stud anchors are. It would help if I had a better amp. I have an old audiovox with one 12 inch jbl but I think it's a bass amp. I also have a B-52 Series half stack bass amp. I have a really nice keyboard amp that I used to use with my Martin d-35 but it's way up north in storage. I have a friend who's daughter has a decent Fender amp so I when I finish putting something together I go over there to check how it sounds. I'd like to put them all back to original but without any of the identifying stuff, I haven't been able to tell for sure which parts belong to which guitars. All together there are 13 guitars. Anyone have any ideas?

  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Mine would be a hollow/chambered maple Les Paul with these features :
    Long scale (25 1/2 in), wide nut width (1 3/4 in), 57 (big) profile, ebony fret board, med-jumbo frets, trapezoid inlay, natural finish, TV Jones Supertron (neck) pickup, Classic + (br), concentric master vol/tone control with push/push phase switch, B Blender Bigsby mounted on Vibramate, locking Kluson style tuners, nice flame/curly/Michigan maple used throughout.
    I want a guitar that sounds like my big, clumsy Gretsch, but has the size/looks of a LP.

  8. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    Have a guess at which one it is out of my signature haha (hint most recent pic is my avatar)

    Anyway specs,

    Custom body - made out of god knows what
    Custom pickup switching - Allows many different pickup configurations including phase options, individual pickup coil switches, and series parallel options, works similarly to Brian May's red special but with the series parallel options
    Tone and Volume wiring - Master volume, master tone, master bass contour
    Pickups - Tele Bridge pup in the neck position, strat pup in the middle and a PAF humbucker in the bridge
    Neck - All maple USACG 22 fret with strat headstock
    Bridge - vintage style strat trem
    Tuners - locking
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2016
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  9. TheletterJ

    TheletterJ Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 13, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    I think about this all the time!

    Jazzmaster body and neck.

    Compound neck radius - 9.25 - 11"

    Medium jumbo stainless steel frets.

    Ebony fingerboard with clay block inlays.

    LSR roller nut. Staggered locking tuners, no string trees.

    The bridge would be a tune-o-matic style with a hardtail JM plate with custom drilled string - through design. The strings would emerge near the front of the plate to maximize break angle over the bridge.

    The pickups are where I am a little less decisive. They will LOOK like Jazzmaster pickups in terms of housing, but under the hood I'm thinking CS Fat 50's Strat pickups in bridge and neck. I also thought about having a middle pickup hidden under the pickguard to maintain the look of a jazzmaster but the full functionality of a Strat.

    Black finish with matching headstock and brown Tortoise shell pickguard.

    The JM bodies are heavy so it'd have to be chambered for weight relief.

    I've been modding out my Blacktop Jag into something very similar to this. I'm not crazy about the 24" scale and I haven't added the backplate yet, but it's close. Those are P-94's under the JM pickup covers.

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  10. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    That's a cool :cool: signature model.

  11. RatherBeFishing

    RatherBeFishing Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2008
    where the trout are
    If it really existed, we would have to stop shopping.

  12. flowwrito

    flowwrito TDPRI Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    United States
    Yeah sorry, I meant bridge when I was referring to the '59 Trembucker, oops.

    I also just want walnut because I think it would be an interesting wood for sound. Tone wise, it has kind of a mixture of the deep, warm sounds of rosewood and the bright sound of maple. Call me crazy, but I actually prefer my guitars heavier, I don't know why. Maybe because it just makes me feel like the guitar is durable if it's heavy (and yes I know just because a guitar is heavy doesn't make it durable, it's just kind of a feelings-contradicting-logic situation) and since walnut is heavy, it also fits the profile.

  13. flowwrito

    flowwrito TDPRI Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    United States
    Sorry about your brother man, may he rest in peace.

    Anyway, if I was you, I'd start a new thread on the forum, maybe on a couple other forum sites too. I'll do some researching as well, and see what I come up with.

  14. Bortyeast

    Bortyeast Tele-Holic

    Dec 9, 2012
    To Will Swim:

    Sorry about your brother. I lost mine recently too, and it sucks hugely.
    Gather up all those guitars and take them to a good, reputable luthier. No experience with them, but I've heard good things about The Nicholson Music Company over on Bidwell Street. Maybe give them a call and go from there.

  15. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Neil Sargent is a legendary luthier and guitar tech here in Houston. He has started his own line of Sargent guitars. I bought one of the very first ones, and I helped design the customized features. Here is the final outcome, I couldn't be happier!



    You can find Neil on Facebook, his prices are incredible for the amount of work he puts into each guitar. Highly recommended....
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  16. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Funny you ask, I just designed and built it (pickups still in the works as I am making low impedance pickups for it but need some copper plate first...):


    This is the Photon. Specs:

    - 26"-24.625" multiscale
    - Bloodwood fretboard
    - Doug Fir neck
    - Zebrawood over sapele body, 1 1/4" thick
    - Hardware completely designed and made by myself, with the exception of the strap locks
    - Luminescent inlays
    - headless tuners and hollow headstock

    There is a thread about it in the Tele Home Depot section. Weighs about 6 lbs or so, and sings acoustically. However, this was soooo much work.
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  17. guitarguy97

    guitarguy97 Tele-Meister

    Sep 11, 2012
    SF East Bay
    I just bought a Casino, so this might be a bit influenced by the honeymoon period, but...

    It would be based on an Epi Casino with these changes:
    Chrome Grover Rotomatics
    '50s Les Paul neck profile
    Ebony fingerboard (but a streaky ebony, like what Taylor is starting to use)
    Gibson Trini-Lopez style f-holes
    Bigsby B7
    Top finished in Seafoam Green, back and sides in a clear gloss

  18. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Very cool fan fret. My buddy is almost exclusively a fan fret player on acoustic and electric bass.

  19. etype

    etype Tele-Holic

    Sep 23, 2014
    Jazzcaster, Porter smooth HB in the neck and a Porter 9T bridge Pup. Ice blue metalic body, chambered. Here it is, but with a 9T in the neck. Do-over I'd put a HB in the neck. Rosewood neck, 1.69" wide nut (1-13/32" e-E), string spacing at the bridge, 2-1/4", satin finish.

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  20. teletubby25

    teletubby25 Tele-Meister

    Jun 2, 2013
    I don't usually like spikey guitars, but this is by far imho the most bad assed looking guitar I have ever seen. I am raising a pint to your skills. Awesome job period

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