Thursday, October 08, 2009

Taylor Trip 2009

I was invited down to the Taylor Guitar factory in El Cajon, California to take part in a Repair Summit for their Warranty Service Technicians in Canada. This September I spent a whole week there getting some more training, enjoying the California sun, and coming back home with some new repair and service techniques. Visit my blog dedicated to this to see pictures and more.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Super Tele

For those who know my situation, I haven't had much time to build guitars lately because I've been so busy with repairs. I also do not currently have a full scale shop set up for building guitars, but that won't be lasting hopefully too much longer. I have not been totally idle, though. I've had an idea kicking around in my head for some time now to put together a telecaster with some mods.
Over the last several months, I have ordered and collected choice parts and pieces to put together what I'm calling my "Super Tele". Here's the breakdown:

Body: I ordered a modified Tele body from my favorite electric guitar body company in New Jersery, Musikraft. They made me a two piece alder body with their Dakota Red finish and humbucking pickup slots.

Neck: I made my first order with Warmouth and boy was I happy. They made me a nice tele neck with 1 11/16" at the nut and a "V" neck. Maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

Pickups: I went to my all time favorite pickup company, TV Jones, and ordered a custom set of pickups. The bridge pickup is their Powertron Plus, which is a Filterton on steroids. The neck is their Magnatron, modeled after a DeArmond but humbucking. A beautiful warm pickup. I dug out a vintage oil filled .047 capacitor to go with the pickups and CTS pots. Switchcraft 4 way selector to split the neck coil for some extra options.

Hardware: Roller bridge, Bigsby Vibrato, Bakelite pickgaurd. I ordered a custom set of Sperzel open gear tuning machines to finish it off. Sperzel is best known for their locking machines, but I didn't want locking. These chrome beauties are open gear and just look so cool.

The guitar is reminiscent of a Tele but has other personality to it given the TV Jones pickups. It's much more versatile than a standard tele and can go from warm jazzy tone with the Magnatron in the neck to full on ACDC with the Powertron Plus in the bridge. I totally love it and I had so much fun putting it together. Who knows, maybe I'll draw up my own design and start making some from scratch in the future.