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This guitar is dedicated to Crosby of CSN and my thanks for the beauty he created. The Mayan was Croz´s schooner that was safely navigated from Hawaii to the Caribean.
Albert Lee played this one a bit and signed it in Sinzheim, Germany. It is now a collectors item. Price €6000,- with the fingertips switching and 3 pickups
The abalone with the brightest captivating colors and reflections, wildly figured, is Paua Abalone from New Zealand. Grade A Paua is hard to get and expensive. This type of Abalone is sought after for jewelry and expensive inlay work. The supply is slowly dwindling on our planet and it will soon go the path of Brazilian rosewood. It´s called the king of the abalones.
I was looking for a guitar top that captured the old rustic tele appearance of a worn out tobacco burst or butterscotch with the sparkle of a Pearlvibe. What I came up with was a wildly figured top covered in swirls of brown, auburn yellow and gold. This one looks “far out” in all its swirls yet very “earthy” in the color combination. My term “Calico” refers to those old “patchworkquilts”. I use this term to describe the somewhat larger shell pieces fitted together randomly to give a less uniform look and somewhat wilder, not unlike an abstract painting.
A crazy guitar? But then again most tele players are somewhat crazy, aren´t they?
In poor lighting you have a handsome sunburst guitar but in good lighting like sunlight or on stage the golden brown and auburn hues come to a life of their own and really sparkle and explode in all directions. You will see not only yellow and brown but also beautiful bluegreen reflections.
I used hard to get gold Abalone with less greens and blues and worked in relatively large “calico”pieces to form the top. The top was then stained, died and sprayed to achieve a very tasty even sunburst effect. If you check out the pictures you will see a very gradual, even sunburst almost melting into the gold. You can´t do this in a factory!
"When the sun´s going down on the prairie and the gold in her hair is aflame" I was inspired by Mark Knopflers moving song. He played the lead part with a telecaster and this guitar is a tribute to him and this song.
If Mark only knew that this guitar captures that sought after dry tele twang, then it offers the musical mixed tones of a strat, and if that is not enough, it adds four completely new SERIES tones - fat and powerful - all in the same guitar. This will be a Top of the Line with the Fingertips switching.
I used the RAREST of white Abalone I could get a hold of and sorted through very many pieces to find those that had fantastic reflection, depth of ripples and color combinations. It shines in a most beautiful mint green, pink and lavender depending on lighting and angle. That’s what makes this guitar somewhat more expensive.
I needed many tries altogether to get this one just right but now I am pleased with the results! No BLING, just real honest beauty that will floor you when you hold it in your arms. But this one is also a real player - so don´t hang this one on your collectors wall - just play it!
SWEET LIL LISA (Tribute to Albert Lee)
A collectors item up for the best bid. Starting price €4800,-
A classy girl with golden blonde hair blowing in the wind and sun. That´s how I see Sweet Lil Lisa when Albert plays this tune.
Then there´s that tasty stacatto double-stop solo that made Albert famous. I had to build a guitar that could not only put out those sweet Tele tones but also keep up with the Strat tones of Albert Lee Musicman. With the custom circuitry I get them all and add 5 more tones that really rock to make this Pearlvibe a no compromise"Top of the Line" for the professional performer. On March 21,2015 just before his show in Sinzheim, Germany Albert Lee lovingly picked up this creature, cradled it in his hands and began picking. He couldn´t believe his eyes (or ears) and was simply overwhelmed by the shine and beauty that eminated from it. A quick test showed him that it rings like a bell. His piano player kept saying "Wow, look at that finish!". Albert loved the neck and he put his autograph on the back of the headstock.
Needless to say, Albert signed it and would have loved to play it that evening in his show. But seasoned pros do not take risks - maybe next time. He gave it the absolute seal of approval though and along with his Signature makes this one a collectors item. But don´t be fooled, this baby is a tone monster meant to be played hard, long and well.
This is a Top of the Line with the Fingertips switching, that will out-tele a tele and put most strats to shame and then go into overdrive and give you fat singing humbucker tones without compromising the bell-like single coil sounds. Just a pretty guitar to be hung on a collectors wall? No, this is a Wolf in Cinderellas clothing.
I was looking to capture the color of blonde hair glowing in the sun driving along the Big Sur with the top down. You decide if I did his song justice.
Matching this very rare and costly white abalone was extremely difficult and time consuming. Then came the job of staining , dieing and airbrushing in the effect of a gentle sundown over the prairie. The highly flamed white abalone helped here a lot and brought out the fire I was looking for. I was very pleased with the results.
I started with a light and resonant two-piece bright sounding red alder body weighing 1,9 Kg. I added a flat sawn, middy sounding grade AAAA flamed Canadian maple neck with strong flames on all sides – stained to a vintage honey color. This is a fine match to the final painted vintage deep tan body. The neck flames are stunning .
I airbrushed each and every wood grain to bring out that exceptional deep caramel tone . You can´t tell that it has been painted and red alder never looked this beautiful. I did some “wispy” airbrushing on the sides to bring out some classy depth and shadowing. I rounded it all off with brown burst on all edges.
SPECS:All vintage 50´s measurements. The neck a vintage C with medium jumbo frets and 10 inch radius for easy bends. I greatly rounded all edges and contours of the body to get a sleek look and feel. Sharp edges on a Tele are cheap and, let´s be honest – uncomfortable. The rounded edges also enable me to use less lacquer (combination of nitro cellulose and 2 component urethane) and much thinner coats for assured good resonance. Although I meticulously hand polish all my guitars to a glass-like shine, you can barely but still make out the edges and grain of the abalone pieces. This is an assurance that the lacquer is as thin as possible.
Neck and bridgeplate are always hand-fitted. ´The necks fit snugly like they should.I really on my eyes because a template can easily be off whack resulting in poor string alignment. You´ll often see this effect on factory instruments.
NO PLASTIC on any of my guitars. Putting plastic covers or pickguards on fine guitars is like putting vinyl seats in a Ferrari!
After meticulous shaping and sanding I did a „wisp depth“ style airbrush on the sides and back and united the whole picture by airbrushing a very gradual deep caramel burst. The burst melts into the caramel – wheat yellow top. A matching abalone cover fits over the electronics-control cutout on the back.
All pickups are fitted by hand meticulously UNDER the abalone top. No pickguards or plastic junk. It takes a lot of precision work but the results are all the more stunning.
The guitar is pictured with two vintage strat pickups (middle and neck) fitted UNDER the pearl top with matching gold pickup covers.
All metal parts are gold plated including locking Wilkinson tuners.
Electronics: Hand wound vintage style Alnico 2 Tele bridge pup with matching gold abalone cover. This is a twangy mellow “Jerry Donahue” Duncan bridge pickup. Possibly the best pup Duncan makes! Orange drop condensers and CTS pots are standard. Vintage Fender type ashtray bridge plate with compensated saddles for the tradional vintage tele twang and very good intonation. Strings through body ,naturally for the added sustain. I refuse to use a modern bridge plate because they don´t sound that twangy. Leo was right when he developed them.
Very dry fat sound with a pleasing tele twang and rich overtones. No thin tinny sounds no matter how high you turn the treble.
EXTRAS: Last but not least, all three pickups are wired with the Fingertips Switching:Three miniswitches that enable 13 distinct sounds – those three VINTAGE Tele tones plus 5 sounds you get on a five way switch along with 3 more distinct and great sounding parallel sounds and combinations and more 4 fat and more powerful series sounds. 13 sounds altogether and all very fast and at your fingertips. This turns this Tele into a Strat/Tele Killer and that is crying to be played on stage. Ask me for a pricequote here.
Or, if you like,you can also have the Brent Mason type switching with extra volume pot controlling the mid pup. You can blend in the middle pickup a bit to add meat to the bridge pickup or blend it in full to get a Knopfler tone. There are numerous possibilities and this switching is fast and easy to use.
Like I said; I can set this baby up with almost any pickup combination you like so feel free to ask.
Impression: There are many tele tones out there and tastes are always changing. The thinner old country tones are no longer that common and fading fast. You can still have them.
I admire players such as Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, Albert Lee (on Tele), Vince Gill and Jerry Donahue for their clean sounds and I tend in these directions for inspiration.
I strive for a very DRY fat sound and a pleasing tele twang with lots of sustain and rich overtones, just like you would expect from a fine handmade instrument with the best woods and materials. No thin tinny ice-picky sounds no matter how high you turn the treble. The neck is very comfortable and a pleasure to play. This is a guitar for the stage pro, serious collector or tele enthusiast looking for a “once on the planet” guitar.
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