Three Pickup Mahogany Telecaster

Three Pickup Telecaster

Not the best looking guitar in town due to the three pickup configuration and cream P90 covers (which I’m changing to black) but the sounds you can coax from this guitar are just sweet. The heavier gauge strings, coupled with a one piece heavy mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard and fatter sounding P90 pickups rather than tele/strat types give this guitar a real warmth. The P90 pickups really drive the amp. In the bridge position there’s the classic sound, more broadcaster than tele due to the overwound 5 but it is in positions 2-5 that this guitar really pushes the traditional tele sound. With typical strat style switching there’s a great array of sounds without resorting to push/pull pots. Roll back the tone for sweeter highs, keep it on 10 and there’s the snap and bite. Position 4 is wound out of phase to offer a variety of tones.

Mahogany body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Overwound Alnico 5 in the bridge, Classic P90 in the middle and Hot P90 in the neck – there’s a real sweet sustain to this one.

(This will be the last tele style for a while, up next there’ll be a Jazzmaster, a Gibson Explorer and a Les Paul Jnr style)

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  1. Marshall

     /  14/06/2010

    i love the simplicity of these guitars and that you are recycling timber that would normally be rejected itn the world of lutherie good on you marshall

  2. Thanks Marshall – Too be honest, there's a lot of mythology about what is and what isn't tonewood – often by people who are merely regurgitating web & forum comments. I could write pages on why this belief in tonewood labels irritates the hell out of me but I'll just try and articulate how I choose wood for guitars – put simply, it has to have that 'knock', that almost musical quality when tapped. Full of life and resonant not a dull thud. Some woods have it, some don't. I've had expensive quality pieces that sound just don't sound good. I've stripped an old hardwood door that just rang when tapped. I've got in storage wood from old window frames that will make a wonderful guitar. I've got a slab of 200yr old oak that has a wonderful knock. Tonewood means exactly that, its not a label to slap on a specific type. But it should also be remembered that unless your guitar is an acoustic, its the pickups that really colour the tone.

    Sorry for the rant – its late. But thanks again for the comments Marshall.

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