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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by omlove, Aug 21, 2019.
I striped the body myself (I'm a commercial air brush/ pinstripe artist by trade)...
After almost 40 years of playing guitar I think I was experienced enough to know exactly what I want. Because I´m not able to built it by myself I went to a well-known luthier and that´s what came out. It´s my dream (electric) guitar, optically and soundwise. Since I got it I don´t play any other beside my acoustics. I have a HSS strat as backup for live but that´s all.
Yes I have managed to assemble my dream guitar. A few times. I could never afford to BUY it so I had to learn how to build it.
Thanks. Currently only a bit noodlin' from my workroom, recorded with my iPhone
Meanwhile I've changed the Bigsby handle- the vintage narrow arm works a lot better:
Sounds glorious! Nicely done. I confess, I liked that old-school Bigsby handle, aesthetically. Though I can fully appreciate function over form.
Thank you very much!
the vintage narrow handle (above) is real early 50‘s, it was the first Bigsby arm afaik. The old-school looking Chet Handle is a development from the 1970‘s
The vintage narrow handle is also much more functional, no problem with a (big) G&G case and, yup, „vintage correct“. Meanwhile I dig the look of this handle a lot, it is really slim!
I’m a strat guy and I kind of backed in to my dream strat. Had a bone stock Robert Cray hardtail. I LOVED the pickups, I LOVED the hardtail, the wiring and switching and tone controls had been customized the way I like em. But I only liked the neck, didn’t love it. My favorite neck on any guitar had been the road worn tele I have. The Road Worn strat neck looked very similar except with a soft V, so I decided to give one a try. And it transformed my Cray from a great strat to a dream strat. I’ve played some much more expensive strats I didn’t like near as much. So that’s my dream guitar - favorite strat ever for a strat guy...
untitled-2 by Ray, on Flickr
It's amazing what a difference a different neck can make with zero other changes. I have come to understand that if I can't find the right neck, that next build will have to wait until I do, because it's so important to the end result.
well, in answer to your question: it was only one of me(hehe)... but I've built several of my dream guitars...
Some gorgeous guitars here.
I've built two, a Tele and a Strat - all the best parts. Each was my favorite... for about a week.
I just realized my number of posts hit 666... uncomfy w that so... this post is just an incremental one.
That there is a heck of a tele! Great job man! B.. E.. A.. Utiful!
That is a heck of a tele! Your first build - Man... don't I know how that feels. The guitars I've let go over the years that I wish I had back... Not to mention the ones I should've bought and didn't! Like the 100% mint, untouched, 1955 Strat in its case I could've had for 500 bucks in 1991!!!! Didn't have the $ at the time and she just slipped away.... To this day I think of that guitar often...
Here are the details:
OMG!!! Ok..... I'm calling DIBS right now if you ever want to sell that beauty!!! No need for me to play or hear it either.... I KNOW it's got to be killer! Wow... thanks for sending me the link man!
The neck is actually 90% of it to me. When I check out a strat (or anything else for that matter) I mostly play it unplugged. Because within the general model (strat or tele or Les Paul or semi-hollow, etc), I can generally find a way to get a sound I like out of it. But if it doesn't feel right, there's no point in taking the next step. The Cray was a rare exception because I REALLY wanted a hardtail (and there aren't many out there) and I love the pickups they use in the Cray, which are supposedly the same they use in the Custom Shop Cray models. And I did really LIKE the original Cray neck - I've played it for a couple of years happily and could have for another many years. But I knew it wasn't that perfect feeling neck for my preferences. I'd tried a Jimmie Vaughan neck in that guitar almost a year ago and liked it less, much to my surprise. But the second I got that Road Worn neck in there and tweaked the setup, the guitar was transformed. It was amazing and immediate. Can't imagine it won't be a lifer...
Where is the written rule that you can't have 9 dream guitars?
Yes, I recently completed my dream guitar.
Time will tell if it is really everything I want in a Tele, but so far so good.
Stunning! I love it! Man... ya'll got some real talent out here that's for sure. Wow...
You should have borrowed the $$ for that Strat...