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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Smile Custom Telecaster

My cousin (the coolest cousin in the world by the way) gave me this as a graduation/birthday present. He bought the parts, painted it, assembled it, and did the custom decal on the headstock. Without further ado, here are the specs:

Body: Swamp Ash
Neck: Maple
Fretboard: Pao Ferro
Scale: 25.5"
Hardware: 4 way toggle switch, volume knob, tone knob, Sperzel locking tuners, 22 frets, Schaller Security Lock, sunken input jack.
Things I don't know: What pickups were used.

The pin striping was done by Jim Carmickle over in Western Washington.

Sound: It sounds god-awful with distortion, at least for metal it does. But you flip that toggle switch all the way up and it sounds like I have an acoustic guitar coming out of my cabinet. It has a very warm tone, and every note is crystal clear in a chord or arpeggio. The neck is not very fast at all; this guitar seems more like one that you'd play when you're in a really chill mood. It implies a bit more in the way of melody rather than just burning through scales and sweeping them arpeggios.

I'll be uploading a sample to my soundcloud here in a few days, but I want to get the feel of it a little more before I do. I would also like to apologize for the picture quality in advance since I am not a photographer at all.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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Sweet! Love the Kustom car pin-striping, fits with the Telecaster style
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It really does. I like it more and more every time I look at it.
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Well hey, it wasn't made for metal so I have to say, that is a SWEET gift. Congrats - Happy NGD, Happy Birthday and Happy Graduation!
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Is it weird that I suddenly wanna do your cousin? I know he's a guy, so it probably IS weird.
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Hey, he's a cool guy. What can you do?

Anyways, here's the sound demo of it: Closing Time by Flying Monkey Death Poop on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
I tried to get a couple different tones out of it, but I think it will mainly be a clean guitar.
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You should take more advantage of the Tele spank. Give it just enough volume to distort a bit when you really dig into the strings. In my opinion, that's the sweet spot for telecasters.

That being said, that's one hell of a present.
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You should take more advantage of the Tele spank. Give it just enough volume to distort a bit when you really dig into the strings. In my opinion, that's the sweet spot for telecasters.

That being said, that's one hell of a present.
Thanks for the advice. This is my first real guitar with a single coil pick up so I have no idea how to make it sing. I think I'll get the feel for it in a few weeks though.
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