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07/31/2008 @ 11:28 PM: It has been a productive year for my custom guitars. Several months ago I couldn't help but dream up idea after idea for various guitar incarnations. Now, having worked on many of these instruments simultaneously, most are reaching the point of fruition and getting done--quickly.

The first axe completed from this "idea boom" is a simple and almost traditional Telecaster. Some may recall that one of my earliest custom guitars was a translucent blue ash Tele. I built that one because I'd always wanted a Tele but just couldn't find one that fit all of my likes. It did indeed turn out to be an amazing instrument, but I put a humbucker pickup in the bridge position which essentially took away the familiar country "twang" Telecasters are known for and instead turned it into more of a rock guitar. So in the great purchase wave of guitar parts earlier this year I bought up a gorgeous double-bound alder body with a flame maple top from an excellent builder named Steve Frazier. It matched perfectly with a Musikraft neck I already had stocked, and I carefully chose very typical Tele parts from there on out. The Musikraft neck, incidentally, was built with an asymmetrical back profile nearly identical to my highly-favored Wolfgang guitars; it was instantly comfortable and familiar to my hands. I finished this Tele in my new favorite way: stained like furniture (back and sides only), sealed with Tru-Oil (gunstock oil), and polished with wax. I'm also very proud to say I completed this guitar top-to-bottom completely on my own; all assembly, routing, and wiring was done by me! (There was still some helpful advice from the gang of friends, though.)

Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page:


Body: SGF Solid Alder/Flame Maple; Walnut Stain (Back & Sides); Natural (Top); White Top & Back Binding; Tru-Oil/Wax "Worn" Finish

Neck: Musikraft Maple; Asymmetrical C-Shape Profile; 10" Radius; 1 5/8" Graphite Nut; 6105 Medium Frets (21); Graph Tech String Trees; Tru-Oil/Wax Finish

Pickups: GFS Vintage Alnico 62 Single Coil Bridge; GFS Alnico Fatbody Single Coil Neck w/ Chrome Mounting Ring

Electronics: Alpha 250K Volume & Tone Potentiometers w/ MXR Style Knobs; 3-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Black Tip; Switchcraft Jack w/ Chrome Jack Plate

Hardware: Chrome String-Thru Hardtail Bridge; Schaller M6La Mini Chrome Tuners; Chrome Control Cover; Nickel String Ferrules; Chrome Neck Plate w/ Black Plastic Gasket; Chrome Strap Buttons


Alder_Tele_06 (67k image)

Alder_Tele_07 (90k image)

Alder_Tele_08 (51k image)

Alder_Tele_10 (97k image)

Alder_Tele_12 (64k image)

thumbnail 001thumbnail 002thumbnail 003thumbnail 004Photo Chronology: 1996 to Today
thumbnail 005thumbnail 006thumbnail 007thumbnail 008Please feel free to peruse these memories from the AT photo archives.

Andrew Thomas