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Denny Dias' Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RichardWitt, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. RichardWitt

    RichardWitt Tele-Afflicted

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    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;

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    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???
     
  2. Fenderman73

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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.
     
  3. RichardWitt

    RichardWitt Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks FM73!
     
  4. lupowitz

    lupowitz Tele-Afflicted

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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!
     
  5. tightbidness

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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-Steely-Dan-Aja/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.
     
  6. Motor

    Motor Tele-Holic

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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.
     
  7. tightbidness

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  8. RichardWitt

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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.

     
  9. leonard d rock

    leonard d rock Tele-Afflicted

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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.
     
  10. Caffeine Patrol

    Caffeine Patrol Tele-Afflicted

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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.
     
  11. Tele-Monster

    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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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.
     
  12. DangerouslyClos

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    From right to left -
    Neck volume
    Bridge volume
    Master tone
    Neck coil tap
    Bridge coil tap
    Phase switch.

    Note also, the bridge is the base plate of a Strat tremolo!
    I'm currently building a replica, the Amber's and natural thread today really helped, thanks all 20200804_155211.jpg 20200804_154228.jpg 20200804_155211.jpg 20200804_154228.jpg
     
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