Instant guitar lust on this one. Love that pick guard on that body, and the dark fretboard, and the selector knob and tone knobs!My one and only tele, but one of my favorite guitars and often reached for.
It’s a Wildwood 64 thinskin.
Mods are: a Gotoh brass bridge, CS Nocaster pickups (it had a CS twisted tele set prior), and an Emerson 4 way tele switch harness. I also put a Warmoth yellow tort cellulose guard on it.
Oh, and I didn’t think it strictly needed it but on a whim I also put a StewMac 0.25deg shim in it. Which turned a well playing guitar into an amazing playing and feeling guitar. I think it sounds better now too. It also allowed the saddle screws to be screwed in so as not to extrude much at all or any. Sounds and plays like a dream.
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Nice Guitar, Great doggie. It it a Dachshund mix? I have never seen one with that type of coat.My workhorse is my 18’ A.O
It had a scratch when I bought it so I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to abuse it but I wasn’t going to baby it
It’s got love dings all over and the finish is sinking in nicely although the pictures don’t really capture it well
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I play with the cover on (not just for photos)
Yes she’s a mixNice Guitar, Great doggie. It it a Dachshund mix? I have never seen one with that type of coat.
That is sweet! never seen a bigsby with the cover over the bridgeGot bored waiting for the post office to deliver a 4 way wiring harness, so I made a new pickguard.
my last attempt at making a 4 way harness left me grumpy and irritated, so I bought a harness for about what I paid in parts…
Such a great story and such cool guitars! In the 80’s I had built two strats with the Steve Morse pickup configuration. That tele is really cool!This is a partscaster and then some. It's a bit of a story.
My dad died 11 years ago, and at that time my brother got his truck and I got his musical instruments. Dad was a drummer, first and foremost, but he loved playing guitar... and I got hooked on both. When I was 6, my dad brought home the Dixie Dregs album Freefall, and around that time he also introduced me to Roy Buchanan. From that time on, the Tele hit the top of my "most wanted" list (second only to my own drumset, of course).
Over the years, I bought and traded several electrics. I could never afford more than one. When he died, Dad had two Teles: a late 90s copper-colored AVRI 52 reissue and a Fender JD (Japan) Jerry Donahue Tele. My Tele at that time was also a JD, so I didn't want to keep Dad's... and yet the skinny neck on the 52 reissue was a definite no for me. I decided to sell the JD body with the AVRI neck. I kept the JD neck because I love that shape, and because all of the fingerboard wear was put on by my dad (who bought the guitar new). Guess I've now about doubled that.
I first tried a Lollar CC neck pickup to do the Danny Gatton thing, but it was a little harsh sounding for me. Then I asked a luthier friend if he'd consider modding it into a Steve Morse-style Tele. He agreed, and worked his rear off to make this happen.
The bridge is just a standard chopped Tele plate, and I opted to use the original saddles--partly because I love that sound, and partly because all of the wear and funk on them is from my dad. The bridge pickup is a used DiMarzio Steve Morse. The Strat pickup is a late 80s Ibanez S1 single coil, which I love; it pairs well with the humbucker. The Tele rhythm pickup is original to the guitar, and the neck is a DiMarzio 36th anniversary I purchased used. Miraculously, all of the pickups I chose ended up having the correct polarity, and they all balance well.
The pickguard is the only real change to Morse's original design. Morse had DiMarzio build him a blue clone in the early 80s before signing with Music Man (see photo below), and this pickguard is based on that shape. I've never been partial to the giant pickguard on his original Mongrel Tele, and I found this cool "rusty cogs" material from WD. My luthier had the patience of Job and ran several different templates to make this right.
The body on this sucker is a 2-piece, and it's light and resonant... just over 7 pounds. I was scared to have the luthier perform such an extreme conversion, but I absolutely love the result, and I know that Dad would be jealous. View attachment 997559 View attachment 997560 View attachment 997562