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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ShabbyChic, Nov 7, 2012.
That might be one of my favorite telecasters ever.
Me too, but without a maple fretboard it's a non-starter for me.
I keed, I keed!
now you really deserve a Fender "Signature" model to be made available.
More so than most. A truly beautiful instrument.
Definately the ultimate in Tele porn. Beautiful. How does it sound, comapred to a standard or a 52 reissue?
Wow! That is a work of art! Beautiful. The neck is incredibly gorgeous. Very nice indeed!!
No offense but it's not the top 3 for me or anything even close, but it is nice. You did a real nice thing there. Congrats!!!
So what is your big three?
Congratulations on bringing a little more beauty into the world! I too would love to hear the sound
A MOST beauty full instrument. Wowzer.
FWIW... and that may be leetle... I have two custom instruments being made that are FAT Teles. The bodies are 2 3/8" deep and chambered. Both will have alder bodies, one of these with a top with a rare figure of maple you never see. Though eye-popping it will be sent in a more subtle direction. Like how an older violin or cello is in color.
I bring these up because each will have solid striped ebony necks. This wood (sourced a long time ago through Gilmer Hardwoods in Portland, Or) suggests a chocolate layer cake. The fingerboards will be separate from the neck wood, but all be of this striped ebony wood. Carving these will be no picnic. But my luthier's open to the challenge. They're ready to go except for the necks. He's building a new home/ shop, so this has delayed things a couple of years.
I'm a jazz player... and really nothing but. So these instrument's necks are in shape and aesthetics chosen to be like Gibson L-5 necks in contour (including the angled headstock > same size and shape etc.) with a vintage 7.25" radius as I'm not much into bending. 1 23/32" inch nut width. I'm clear that these are anything but what most players would opt for here. To each his own.
I had a Strat with a solid ebony neck I got from Lynn Ellsworth of Boogie Bodies fame 25 years ago now. I loved this guitar (which is now with a friend.) It was NOT a brighter sounding instrument because of this neck... like everyone always leapt to assume it would be. It was fantastically resonant and wonderfully stable. I'd pull it out of my leather gig bag and it was most times always still in perfect tune. What was so special and addictive about this neck was the feel of the unfinished wood (colder to the touch in winter unfortunately.) It was absolutely baby's ass smooth. > Zero resistance. The natural oil in the wood combined with the more closed pour aspect of it made a finish unnecessary.
I miss that instrument... but at least I can visit it. So this is why these other two were conceived and commissioned. One will be pitched down a whole step. So, in the direction of a tenor guitar... which ought to sound cool for the chordal-style jazz thing I do.