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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by tubeswell, Mar 11, 2014.
Custom made surfin axe by Mal at Weta Guitars in Wellington
I'll bet that thing can get down and wail!
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.)
Well she's still svelte compared to an LP
I like her
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.
That looks nice. How are the switches wired?
I built a 3 P-90 Tele in 2010 and it has become my main guitar.
my twin fin
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!)
He currently has another tele-type axe for sale ~NZ$800 FWIW. (Macrocarpa body - this one sounds awesome)
Very nice,could done a youtube video though!
I'll post a youtube clip link in a wee while
Oh man, I need the green one just for the name on the headstock!!
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.
Real wood but not inlaid. Its some kinda darker reddy brown timber laminations sandwiched in between the mahogany
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.
Love the wood on that. Can't go wrong with P90s!
If it is true to the Surfboard theme, maybe the stringers are Koa? Which they would be on a balsa surfboard.
Tele + P90 = awesomeness. You've got a really nice guitar there. Congrats!
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?
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!
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!