Custom USA Deluxe Spalted Maple * Chambered * African Mahogany Body * Snake Skin Pickguard * More
Why buy a guitar from me when you can just get a new
I am not criticizing Fender, Matter of fact I am a big fan
but when you buy a production guitar there are things
not done that if you are a serious player, you will have
to do or pay to have someone do it.
For one thing, and I think the main thing, When
ever frets are installed they need to be leveled.
No production builder does that. I'm sure the
custom shop does but I have bought a
few hundred Fender Necks and every one
needed the frets leveled.
Masking and leveling frets
Frets after poly is removed and frets are leveled and polished
Not a great picture but notice the fret ends and how smooth the frets are. After polishing I ran a straight edge and fret rocker. Straight as an arrow and buzz free! Action is nice and close. Also the pickups are perfectly balanced. You don't get this from a factory guitar! This is a maple neck so with fret work everything must be masked. And if I work on the finish I must mask the frets! Maple necks are kind of a love hate thing to me!
Picture this. The fret board has its slots cut
for the frets. Wood is fiberous so if you
push the frets down in the slot their can be
a tendancy for the fret to rise up again from the action
of the wood fibers wanting to spring back. This can be
just a few thousanths of an inch but with a viberating
string thats all that is needed for a buzz.
Just look at this glass like finish!
Also, most production guitars have minimal setup and
the strings are usually high. Not when you by a guitar
from me. You get a very playable, comfortable solid
Pickups are Fender Noisless. S-1 Fender Switch
I can go on but I think you get the picture. Most players
who buy from me tell me that my guitars were the best
playing they have ever played!
Pickups: Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless
Neck: USA Fender Deluxe Telecaster
Frets Leveled and polished
Pickguard: B/W/B Snakeskin
Bridge: Babicz Full Contact Hardware
Strings :D'Addario EXL 120 .009-.042
Tuning Machines : Planet Waves (Favorite!)
About Planet Waves Tuners:
These precision-designed tuning machine with built-in hardened steel string cutters and individual string clamps are real time-savers. The patent-pending design cuts excess string while you tune, eliminating the need for extra tools. Individual string clamp securely holds string in tuner, so there is no need for multiple wraps around the tuning post. Rugged die-cast outer casing houses precision-machined 18:1 bevel and worm gears, providing smooth, exact tuning, while virtually eliminating backlash and slippage. The string clamp and cutting mechanism makes the chore of restringing a snap.
Pots/Switches: CTS/Fender S-1
Body: Swamp Ash
Top: Spalted Maple
Saddles: Full Contact Lock down
Micro Adjustment is lower center hole. You would detune the strings to less pressure, losen the top 2 screws a quarter to a haf turn, turn (losen) the 2 lower screws one full turn. Use an eight inch allen wrench turn clockwise to tip neck back.
Tighten the 2 upper screws with a number 2 philips and then the 2 lower screws.
Make sure you turn the adjustment screw just a little at a time, maybe a quarter at a time. One full turn can completely drive your strings into the frets. When you recieve the guitar from me you should not have to adjust anything unless you like the strings a little higher
Micro Neck adjustment. I think I have been doing this before Fender was doing this. Almost all bolt necks get some kind of shim just because of variables in bridge, neck pocket depth, pickguard, fret height, intonation, truss rod,nut. As you can see there are a lot of things affecting playability and action. The micro neck adjustment helps by adding a slight micro angle to the neck.
Below are more pictures. This is an incredible, lightweight, extremely playable, fantastic classic Tele Tone. I can show pictures but you picking this up and playing it is the only way you can truely know what a gem this guitar is. An average Telecaster is about 12 pounds. This guitar completely dressed is 6.4 pounds. Most Tele bodies weigh more than that!!
Because this guitar has a couple of Tone Chambers I chose NOT to carve my standard palm cut, forearm cut and belly cut, but because if the light weight, you won't mis it. I originally made this for myself because my back is bad and I wanted a light guitar for playing live.
Oh, Also comes with a geat Gator hard shell case from Sweetwater.
Thanks for looking!
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