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Surfboardcaster

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by tubeswell, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. tubeswell

    tubeswell Friend of Leo's

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    Custom made surfin axe by Mal at Weta Guitars in Wellington

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  2. Reeek

    Reeek Tele-Holic

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    I'll bet that thing can get down and wail!
     
  3. tubeswell

    tubeswell Friend of Leo's

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    Sure can. With the tone rolled off between 1/2 and 0, the tone switch cap adds a satisfying 'autowah' when you thwack the strings hard too.

    (Incidentally, the thing weighs in a smidgeon under 8 lbs on my bathroom scales - it feels like it could be a little more but I can't be bothered with scientific measurement.)
     
  4. Reeek

    Reeek Tele-Holic

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    Well she's still svelte compared to an LP ;)

    I like her :D
     
  5. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    That's a great looking guitar with the works on it, P-90 heaven, tremelo, switches. I'd rock that thing like crazy, have fun with it.
     
  6. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    That looks nice. How are the switches wired?

    I built a 3 P-90 Tele in 2010 and it has become my main guitar.
     
  7. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    surf's up.... :cool:

    my twin fin :lol:
     

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    tubeswell Friend of Leo's

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    Each p'up has its own on/off switch (on the triple switch plate). In addition the two other switches on the Vol/tone plate are for phase reverse on middle pup and tone cut switch.

    Maker's description: "Mahogany body, Paduak stripes (an African hardwood). maple neck (25 1/2 inch scale), rosewood board, Gotoh tuners, 3 times P90 pickups, switched through Jansen Invader switch plate, Schaller roller saddle bridge, Souped up bigsby style trem, Volume and tone on another jansen plate, Switches for phase on the middle pickup and two types of tone (honky and deep)"

    The story behind the significance of the 'Jansen' parts, is that Jansen were a local musical instrument manufacturer from 1960s to 1990s in NZ, but were phased out of that line of business after tariff protection was removed on imports in the late 1980s. Their old guitars are prized collectors pieces here and the guy who made this guitar uses components formerly used by Jansen (such as the pickup selectors, vol and tone plate, jack plate, headstock string tee etc) FWIW.

    (Very cool twin fin trev333!)
     
  9. tubeswell

    tubeswell Friend of Leo's

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    He currently has another tele-type axe for sale ~NZ$800 FWIW. (Macrocarpa body - this one sounds awesome)

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  10. teletina

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    Very nice,could done a youtube video though!
     
  11. tubeswell

    tubeswell Friend of Leo's

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    I'll post a youtube clip link in a wee while
     
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    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    Oh man, I need the green one just for the name on the headstock!!
     
  13. rtwo

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    Really nice! Are the "stringers" real inlaid wood, or just painted on?

    My old business partner and his family live in Wellington. He's a guitar nut. I'm betting he's been in the Weta store a few times.
     
  14. tubeswell

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    Real wood but not inlaid. Its some kinda darker reddy brown timber laminations sandwiched in between the mahogany

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  15. HotDan!

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    Different to say the least. Sure looks 'busy' but in a cool sort of way. Does it have a 'twang' switch? looking forward to the video.
     
  16. keeffan

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    Love the wood on that. Can't go wrong with P90s!
     
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    If it is true to the Surfboard theme, maybe the stringers are Koa? Which they would be on a balsa surfboard.
     
  18. elelpe

    elelpe Tele-Afflicted

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    Tele + P90 = awesomeness. You've got a really nice guitar there. Congrats!

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    Is that a custom cover for bridge pickup? Is there any particular sonic reason for that? To smoothen the high end of bridge pickup maybe?
     
  19. JimiRayKing

    JimiRayKing Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I love the look of your guitar - very nice - am I'm a huge fan of unique wiring schemes. I built one similar to this with a Tele bridge pickup and P-90's in the middle and neck. After playing it a while, I removed the middle pickup because it interfered with my picking - for me, the P-90 cover was always in the way and I just couldn't adjust. Enjoy!
     
  20. Obsessed

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    There is a tele that can surf for sure. Only 8lbs? It looks like it should weigh as much as an old Dewey Weber.

    That is going to be one major fun axe to play!

    Enjoy!
     
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