Wenge/Ebony T-style buildup!

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Ape Factory, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. dtermined2play

    dtermined2play Tele-Afflicted

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    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, the whole way through. Just an ol sweet song keeps Gorgeous on my mind. Lol. That is a real thing of beauty there.
     
  2. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Thanks guys and happy new year! Yeah she's great. I'm waiting for the wife to "properly" wake up so I can get in the studio and play her a bit more today. I was only able to get through a handful of profiles on my Kemper to see what worked and what needed to be tweaked to work with the telecaster. Really digging this guitar!
     
  3. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Two more photos I took this morning.
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  4. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

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    Wow, what a beauty !
     
  5. Cliff64

    Cliff64 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Wow! That's about the coolest looking blue Tele I think I've ever seen. I really dig the ebony against the light colored body. I have a maple/ebony Warmoth neck that could be part of a new build some day, and your new Tele is a great inspiration.

    Happy belated NDG and Happy 2014.
     
  6. Reeek

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    She's flat out beautiful
     
  7. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Had a chance to get her into the photo studio after work. Apologies in advance for the gratuitous display of photos :)

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  8. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Dude, You need to RUSH your girlfriend into that studio before she finds out you did this with your guitar!!!! I mean we all get it (of course were sick) and understand your compulsion to have the sexy, curvy, beautiful object of you affections immortalized in celluloid.. but you might want to get the better half immortalized pronto!!! My god they're like Tele centerfolds...... teleporn?
     
  9. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    LOL, I've done that plenty of times. She does refer to the guitars as my mistresses. So it's fitting I guess.
     
  10. Reeek

    Reeek Tele-Holic

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    That guitar is STUNNING . . .
     
  11. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Thank you, much appreciated!
     
  12. bargoedboy

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    What does it sound like ?
    that's what we need to know !!!
     
  13. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    So...yeah it sounds absolutely fantastic. Very versatile. This is only my second telecaster, my first being one with two P-90's so I can't compare to other telecasters. But here's what I posted over on thegearpage...I play through a Kemper so I have access to a number of different amp profiles (like 1400 or so) so I'm working through my favorite 350 profiles (yeah I know) to see what sounds best for what. Bottom line, it's a keeper with a whole lot more sustain than I thought it would have. Just one of those guitars that has a great feel the whole way around. So my initial thoughts below....

    I'll just cut to the chase, this beast is just fantastic. It krangs, crashes, twangs, and even sings like a violin when you ask it. And it's as responsive, even more so in some ways, than my PRS Paul's Dirty 100 which is a very, very special guitar. It has an exceptional bottom end for my tastes, big but tight and focused. No flub. I was worried it'd be a bit bright but it isn't and the upper register is just sweet sounding. Most of my profiles are spec'd for humbuckers but a few knob twists works wonders. In short, the guitar will give you Stevie Ray through the right amp or sound like a Les Paul when you want it to. And yes, it'll twang with the bridge pickup just fine thank you.

    I was a bit worried the frets would be too small after the neck arrived but they're absolutely perfect. This guitar responds to vibrato like nothing else I own. You play, and it talks back to you.

    Splitting the neck humbucker is pretty interesting. Subtle differences but in the right application, with the right amp, both are super sweet. There really isn't a bad position and I find the 2nd and third position really interesting too. The bridge can be nice and bright but not piercing like a strat. I did have to adjust a bit with some of the brighter amps.

    The luthier (Ross Teigen) did an amazing job of setting her up. He cut a bone nut, ever so so slightly rolled the fret board edges and smoothed out the fret ends. He also gave it a fret level check (forgot to ask what he found) and set it up for medium low action. It's a hair lower than I usually like but it works very well and I had no issues with it.

    My fingers definitely feel the extra string tension with the longer scale length. The neck is by far the fastest neck I currently own. The raw wenge is just as smooth and frictionless as can be and I have to say, the Warmoth 59 round back contour is to die for. I can see this becoming my favorite neck. It seems to be right between my DGT and the Paul's Dirty 100 which is a wide fat cut with small shoulders.

    The stainless frets are slick. Bending is exceptionally easy.

    Overall the tele's a hair neck heavy. I use a wide suede strap and it balances just fine with no neck dive. And weighing in at about 6.7 pounds, it's light. I don't have a solid body to compare it to but I don't notice the chambering. Sustain is really exceptional. I wasn't expecting it to be this good given it's a bolt on neck. It really oozes character out of every played note and doesn't sound like any other guitar in my collection. Really good stuff.

    Right now it has the Fralin Unbucker in the neck and Fralin Blues Special in the bridge. I have a Don Mare Zep-o-tone bridge pickup arriving at some point along with a full single coil neck/bridge setup from Klea on Ebay. I'll be experimenting a bit in that department. The Fralin setup is pretty well matched.

    It's a five way switch. Positions...
    1-bridge
    2-bridge and neck split
    3-Bridge and neck humbucker
    4-neck split
    5-neck humbucker

    Each position offers a unique usable tone. My only complaint is the pots don't have enough damping for my tastes. I managed to hit the volume knob frequently the first time I played it. I almost wish I could reduce the height of the knobs by about a third. I might contact the vendor and see if that would even be possible.
     
  14. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Just a thought. I have an unfinished neck such as yours and someone on TDPRI suggested rosewood oil for the neck occasionally. Keeps it from getting hand gritty and keeps it nice and smooth to play on (dont think oily, as it disappears). I got some and i'm applying it with a Q-tip about every 4 months or so. works great!!! I know what you mean about how the neck feels.... they are great!!!
     
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  15. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Where'd you get the rosewood oil from? Any particular brand?
     
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    Looks stunning.
     
  17. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Online, a place called Essential Trading Post. $15 for a bottle IIRC. Stuff smells great too!!! Great for any unfinished dark woods. Like that Ebony fret board.....
     

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    Very cool. Thanks. I did use bore oil sparingly on the fretboard.

    Have to say I'm loving the Fralin pickups. Will probably start another thread as my Don Mare Zep-o-tone arrived today and I have a set of pickups from the ebay winder Klea. I think the Fralins are a major contribution to why the guitar sounds so good. It'll be interesting to compare it to the Don Mare (bridge only, I didn't get the neck pickup) and the Klea's which are a full set, neck single, bridge single, of the tall blues model.
     
  19. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

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    Very unique and beautiful Telecaster - excellent concept and execution! :)

    I was not familiar with wenge wood - very attractive indeed!
     
  20. Ape Factory

    Ape Factory TDPRI Member

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    Thanks man. I'm testing pickups this weekend, installed a Don Mare Zep-o-tone last night and I need to dial in the cap value and other settings that are possible with the Toneshaper. With a flick of a micro switch I can adjust capacitor value, treble bleed, etc...it's really cool. I just found out Acme Guitar Works went out of business but they're concentrating on the Toneshaper business which is a good thing. It's a great product.
     
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