new Hahn Campilongo Tele

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by ruger9, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. ianstrike

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    Pics soon. Video when I stop sucking at guitar. :). (Kidding. I will post something but I need to get it together ...)

    My Model C seems great. I’ve barely had time with it but so far so fab. Acoustically, it rings beautifully. Plugged in, so far, clean sounds really pretty and it seams to growl with some gain. Frankly I’ve barely had much time with it.

    And yes it’s way lighter than I expected.
     
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    Jim plays a 50s fender. The people who made it are dead. Any new guitar that tries to offer what a 50s fender offers, is a tribute or copy, whether it says fender on the headstock or not.
    The posts on this thread naysaying this guitar, or even the very concept of a custom tele, are ridiculous.
    I'm here to lurk quietly because I like teles, Jim Campilongo, and I make things for a living and want to see if they'll pull it off at this price.
     
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    Also worth noting: Chihoe and Jim were NOT trying to replicate Jim’s 59 or the CS Campilongo Signature guitar. The goal was to build a great guitar that Jim would like and at a player price point.
     
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    So does the guitar really smell like pine trees?!

    Man, I love Chihoe’s pickguard design. Now when I looks at a normal tele the pickguard looks humongous!
     
  5. maggieo

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    Mine smells like pines.
     
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    LOL...to JC it smells like MONEY. They should come up with a Campilongo Cologne that smells the same to include with it in the gig bag. You can't knock a man wanting to capitalize on his rep......and NYC is an expensive place to live. Was the Fender CS Camp Tele a good seller ? It looked great from the specs, except for the jumbo frets which are not my preference. Seems it was "here today, gone tomorrow". To expensive ?
     
  7. ianstrike

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    Hard to imagine that Jim is making much cash from the Model C. Hell, I don’t think that Chihoe is making much from these.

    I honestly think that Jim is doing this to help Hahn and to give his guitar playing fans a nice axe.
     
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    Agreed...can't be much mark-up in the price of it. For the most part, it looks like a good guitar.Love the bridge and the 2 string-loading options, I'm going to investigate if that bridge plate would retrofit to my Nashville Tele. Neck looks meaty with a good heel profile. If pickups are good it could be a winner. The headstock is, unfortunately, the cosmetic weak point but there are worse.
     
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  9. maggieo

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    The Model C is running right at the break-even line for the guys. The whole reason they're doing this is exactly what Ian is saying- a great tele at a great price.

    The Fender Custom Shop Tele was a limited edition of something like 25-50.
     
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    I ordered my Model C (and paid in full) on March 17, 2018. Today is July 31. And still no guitar.
     
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    eh, if it makes you feel better, I don't have mine and I ordered on Jan 11 - earlier than some folks on this thread who have their guitars. So March 17th is not so bad. :)
     
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    Thanks, Matrix, for providing perspective. I don't mind the wait if I weren't told an unrealistic time frame at the time of order/purchase:

    On Friday, March 16, 2018, 5:11:07 PM EDT, Chihoe Hahn <chihoehahn@gmail.com> wrote:

    Hi Scott- we are taking orders - delivery is 6-8 weeks.
     
  14. matrix

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    Yeah, I totally get it. I was told 8 weeks too, and it is within spitting distance of 8 months now. I think Chihoe suffers from a bit of optimism, but I am confident that I will get a great guitar at the end of the process. I would rather it leave his shop with him 100% happy with the guitar than get it rushed out the door.

    I am not as sure why some folks who purchased after me have their guitars already, but I may have brought that on myself by letting him know I was pretty chill on delivery time.

    ps - I see that was your second post! welcome to TDPRI! This is a great forum with lots of great information and discussion!
     
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    Thanks, Matrix! Much appreciated! I agree with you!
     
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    Me too, ordered mine February. I believed Chihoe at first when he said he'd be shipping in a few weeks, but history shows that he and other boutique makers take forever to deliver on their orders. More than anything, I'm buying Chihoe's craftsmanship. I'd rather pine (!) for my guitar and compulsively check Instagram daily than have him cut corners to deliver earlier. Meh, I've made it this far with the Tele I have, I can wait.
     
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    Guys, I ordered late January and received my Model C on July 19.

    I really think that the only thing we can complain about is that Chihoe over-promises on delivery date. I am certain that he believes It when he say 8 weeks.

    The best thing I can tell you guys is that once you get your guitar you won’t be able to believe that you were frustrated or impatient. It’s a fab guitar. Now that I have it, I’m glad that he took his time. We all should understand that the Model C is not what pays the bills at Hahn Guitars.

    That said, I was frustrated too.
     
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    When I got mine I was thrilled...and then, disappointment. Needed a setup, first three frets buzzy to the point of unplayable and some dead spots further up the neck. Also seems to have a wiring issue with excessive hum that grounds when you touch the control plate/knobs. I wrote to Chihoe and got a reply but no other followup after I detailed the issues in another email.

    I put what I thought would become my #1 aside for a few weeks on a wall hanger. When I took it down the neck seemed to have settled and it was playing better except for the pickup noise. I've had it down since and a little buzz returned along the neck so I need to take it to my guitar guy for a thorough checkup, plus the plastic switch knob just broke off.

    Not happy that I have to pay more money to tweak it but I'm hoping he can turn it into the guitar I was hoping it would be. I did hear from one guy who returned his after a day, I was actually going to cancel my order and continue my hunt for a T-style guitar but it arrived that afternoon.

    Glad for all of you that love your Model Cs, maybe I'll get there after my repairman goes through it.
     
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  19. Brucesu

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    Wow, I don’t mind the wait time, but I would be highly disappointed if my Hahn guitar turned out to be a dud.

    The only guitar I ever bought that was flawless out of the box was a Collings 290. Oh and an ESP kh2 signature which I don’t own anymore.

    Keep us updated on your model c! Take pictures or videos for us please! I need some serious Hahn porn!
     
  20. srmillis

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    Yes, please keep us updated on the status, shape, and arrival of your Model C.

    I ordered (and paid for mine) on March 17, 2018. I haven't received it yet.
     
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