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My Take On A Traditional Style Guitar

My Take On A Traditional Style Guitar

Instrument construction still in progress

Instrument construction still in progress

I bought my first Telecaster in 1992. It was fiesta red with a white pickguard and a maple neck. It was a great instrument. Unfortunately given the combination of my impetuous age, limited finances and the style of music I was playing at that time, I traded off that guitar. I got a cool Les Paul out of the deal so it wasn't a total loss, but I always missed that Tele.

Years later I found that I had a couple Tele shaped guitars, but no guitars true to the tradtional Tele spirit. Seeing as Teles are such a workhorse instrument, every guitarist should probably have one. You can play almost any genre on a a telecaster including jazz, pop, country, rock, etc.

I found myself wanting to add a traditional tele to my collection. I could have easily gone out and bought one, but where's the fun in that? So I decided to do my take on a vintage tele. I didn't try and go vintage with every last detail, but I did try and capture the general style with a few differences.

Here are the specifications of the instrument:

  • Neck Type: Bolt on

  • Neck Wood: Birdseye Maple

  • Truss Rod: Dual action

  • Reinforcement: Two carbon fiber rods

  • Headstock: Flat, Fender-style

  • Tuners: 3+3 Sperzel-style locking.

  • Nut: Bone

  • Body Wood: Swamp Ash

  • Fretboard: Birdseye maple, 10" radius, black dot inlays

  • Scale Length: 25.5"

  • Pickups: Wilde Bill (Bill Lawrence) Keystones

  • Controls: One volume, one tone, 3-way selector switch.

  • Hardware: Chrome.

  • Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

  • Weight: ?

This guitar is still being built, so there are no completed photos at this time. However, you can check out the in-progress construction photos of this guitar.

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This page last updated on 06/28/2018