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Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by darren7, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. darren7

    darren7 Tele-Holic

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    I first heard about TDPRI with your $100 telecaster build challenge... i was really impressed with the results of that, and thought it looked like a LOT of fun. So much so that it inspired me to kick off a "Home Depot build challenge" on sevenstring.org, a site i frequent fairly regularly.

    As you might guess, i play primarily seven-string guitars. I love the extended range, and the wider necks feel really comfortable in my hands. I've only recently become interested in Telecasters... my brother's wife bought him a really nice Mexican Tele a few years ago and that started the ball rolling.

    Last year, i worked with Rondo Music to design a seven-string Tele-style guitar called the T-7 Texan. After working on the specs for a few months, they produced a short run of them in their Korean factory. We tried to get fairly close to "modern vintage" spec, but obviously had to design new pickups and a proper bridge for it. I'm not sure how it would stack up against a "true" Tele, but it's definitely scratched my Tele itch. :)

    I just installed a Fender 4-way switch yesterday, and i'm loving it. I'm mostly a humbucker guy, so i'm surprised i'm liking the T-7 as much as i am. Having the series switching option now gives me that beefy tone i need sometimes.

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    My rig consists of a fairly simple yet complicated setup running a Boss GT-6, modified Tube Screamer and an ISP Decimator through a Mesa/Boogie F-30 head and two Thiele cabs. I also just bought a Blackstar HT-5 head and two Blackstar cabs for practicing at home and for recording.
     
  2. JimmyJam

    JimmyJam Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome darren7!!
    Great to have you here.
    That is really cool! A 7 string tele?! Whod'a thunk?
    Sure looks nice. Rondo music, huh? We have some members that love the SX guitars.

    Is this tele available right now?
     
  3. darren7

    darren7 Tele-Holic

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    Given how often baritone-tuned guitars show up in country music, i figured a 7-string Tele-style guitar might give players the best of both worlds... standard tuning plus an extra low string for that bottom-end twang.

    Also, most 7-string guitars on the market seem to be aimed at the metal crowd (with a few exceptions) and i thought jazz, blues and country players might like to experiment with extended range tunings without looking like they dropped out of an alien ship from the late '80s. ;)

    The T-7 Texan was only produced in a short run, and it didn't sell out completely. It looks like there are two natural ones left.

    http://www.rondomusic.com/product2391.html

    I'm really enjoying it, and i've been using it a lot more than i imagined i would. I'm already thinking of modding it with GraphTech piezos.
     
  4. JimmyJam

    JimmyJam Tele-Afflicted

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    That is a great idea. I totally agree this would allow a lot of Country/Jazz/Blues players some flexibility.

    You may have done this already ( I haven't seen all of your posts).
    But this really should it's own topic in the "Main Telecaster Discussion" Forum.
    I'll bet you get over a 100 posts on the topic of this guitar alone!!
    I know a few members here would love this idea, and especially selling through Rondo, will probably start a firestorm here at TDPRI.
     
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