I like the look of the engine turned ashtray. Brightest tele I ever heard with a humbucker and he played with out a pick.
I get most of my sound from the amp that I use and I always like to use my own amp- a 100 watt Quad Reverb I've been using since 1972. I always put the volume all the way up on 10, treble on 10, middle on 10 and I don't use bass, intensity or none of that. Reverb I set at 4.
Though I never met, or saw AC, I am a big fan.
I once got to play his Tele, circa 1985-86.
It was in the care of the late Danny Thorpe, who was employed by Clifford Antone (of Antone’s Home Of The Blues), and South Austin Music.
It was just on his workbench at SAM.
I asked if I could play it.
Danny gave me his “Don’t drop it” warning, and I played it (unplugged) for a moment.
RIP, and thanks Albert, and Danny.
Here’s an AC story.
The reason Danny had AC’s Tele was kinda funny.
He wasn’t working on the Tele, he was re-making AC’s capo.
Danny accidentally broke AC’s hand made/home made capo while working as a stage manager at Antone’s.
Albert was not happy about that.
AC had made it himself, out of coat hanger wire and electrical tape.
Danny offered to replace it with a modern capo, but AC wanted what he made himself, and he insisted that Danny make him another.
At the time of my visit, he was dutifully trying to make it.
He was in the back of SAM, bending wire and, uh, fussing at how, uh, challenging it was to make it.
Silly, but true story.
I assume DT was successful in his endeavor.
The guitarist in his band for a while, Debbie Davies, could do a terrific impression. I've seen her a few times since his passing, and she reserved (although I did request it once) part of her set as an homage to Albert. I don't know that you could tell the difference with your eyes closed.Chasing his tone is the reason I have a Telecaster. It's not just icepick, there's a woodiness in there that I feel in my spine, still my favorite Tele sound, and once in a blue moon I play a couple notes just right with my amp settings just right, and the stars aligned just right, and that tone jumps out at me, and I love it
He went waaaay too early