Custom ‘T’ Completed
Things have been a bit hectic in the workshop since the New Year and as a result I’ve neglected the news items for the site a bit too much. It’s been a month or so since the Custom T was completed and delivered and it proved to be a hit with myself and more importantly the customer!
Custom T completed.
For those who missed the build posts, the body is swamp ash and finished in pale cream. The neck is birdseye maple and features an ebony fingerboard which, unusually for this style of guitar, has a shorter 25″ scale. Like my Evo guitars, this build makes use of my ‘Ergo’ three bolt neck system.
‘Ergo’ three bolt neck joint borrowed from the Evo.
The guitar is loaded with a pair of Bare Knuckle ‘Mississippi Queen’ P90 pickups which work very well. The switching and general wiring is traditional – volume, tone and three way, with no mods or departure from the norm for this style of guitar. The tortoise shell scratchplate finishes of the look nicely.
Close up of the body.
The headstock is a traditional slab finish and not set back. In this instance we opted to use Sperzel tuners with graduated post heights to eliminate the need for string trees. The nut is brass and the logo is inlaid abalone.
Staggered Sperzel tuner posts eliminate the string trees.
The design and build brief for this guitar was for “a tele on steroids..”, personally I think it has worked, and very well. The smile and stream of profanities from the customer when first plugged into his Mesa Boogie said it all!
I am currently working on another ‘T’, this time based on a 72 deluxe, more on that another time.