Standard Telecaster in Walnut

Quick video, not the best playing but I think you will get what this guitar sounds like using the tone combo. It was built to give me a guitar with the cleanest of tone and sound for recording. Having said that it also means its great when put through a stomp box !

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This guitar is a telecaster type made from Walnut both body and neck with reverse a head-stock. The body is simply finished in Danish oil. Hardware is in gold 3 saddled through body bridge, tuners are twist locking, ratio 1:19 with solid brass gears. Also comes with strap locks.

The pick ups are the legendary Fender Custom shop Texas specials for Telecasters

  1. Overwound enamel-coated magnet wire for increased output
  2. Staggered pole pieces for balanced output
  3. Alnico 5 magnets for more focus and enhanced dynamics
  4. Period-correct cloth output wire and fiber bobbin

The pick ups are wired with CTS pots and a five way selector switch giving an array of tonal combinations:

  1. Bridge only
  2. Bridge & neck in series
  3. Bridge & neck in parallel
  4. Neck Only
  5. Neck through cap removing 10% of lows

However what makes this guitar even more flexible is the wiring harness which is a version of the G&L legacy PTB system. This makes this guitar the first choice for the studio and recording all work.

This circuit, sometimes called “PTB” (for “passive treble and bass”) combines standard treble-bleed Volume and Tone knobs with a Bass-Cut control. The latter has a huge effect on the way distortion pedals and amps respond to the pickups, especially with humbuckers. Cutting some bass makes the pickups sound cleaner, airier, and more dynamic (i.e., less compressed).

Stompbox builders emphasize the importance of filtering the guitar signal as it enters the effect. And if you’ve built or modded your own fuzz/overdrive effects, you’ve probably discovered the importance of the input cap’s value. This cap. filters out lows. Too large a value, and the tone gets flabby/sloppy, too small, and it gets thin/shrill.

This tone circuit lets you make similar adjustments from the guitar there’s more to it than just mixing lows. With fewer lows fed into downstream amps and effects, the signal becomes brighter, cleaner, and livelier. You would think your adding highs rather than just removing lows.

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