Custom Telecaster

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  1. sicair

    sicair SS.org Regular

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    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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  2. sicair

    sicair SS.org Regular

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    Blue1970Cutlass emberwolfmusic.com

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    Sweet! Love the Kustom car pin-striping, fits with the Telecaster style
     
  4. sicair

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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!
     
  6. ConnorGilks

    ConnorGilks Still can't play.

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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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    -42- Nothing to see here

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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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    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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