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Stereo Tele Electric / Acoustic
Completed Nov 26, 1014
What do you get when you mix Magnetic and Pesio pickups? Shimmering tone throughout the entire band width is what. I am talking about stunning presence while playing those high notes, and thick bottom without sounding muddy! All the snap of a Tele and the fullness of an acoustic.
looking at three pickups but four switches. That fourth switch is for the
Fishman Powerbridge. What that means is that the Tele style bridge has built in
Pesio sensors that read the physical vibration of the strings and wood, unlike
the magnetic pickups that read the vibrating strings through a magnetic field.
As a result, this guitar has four sound sources, a Fender Tele style neck
pickup, a Gibson style P-90 pickup placed in the middle, a Fender Tele style
bridge pickup, all made by GFS (Wenge pickup ring and cover made by me), and a
Fishman Powerbridge for acoustic sound. Further, by using ON/OFF rocker switches
with three pickups, you can get 7 different combinations of tone, while the more
standard five-way switch for three pickup short changes two of these tone
combinations. Add to that, the Powerbridge, and you now get “times two” for
fourteen tone combinations that can further be controlled with a separate volume
allowing you to blend in any amount of acoustic tone to the magnetic, or do the
opposite bleeding away almost all of the magnetic. Or – just shut off the
magnetic altogether, and sound like a plugged-in acoustic.
I know you guys know I love to talk about woods, so here goes. The neck is a fantastic quarter sawn section of AAA Flame Hard Maple. You could lay a a ruler along that grain. The fret board is Wenge, closely related to Rosewood but much harder with a deep dark chocolate colour with back accents. The back of the body is made of Black Cherry. The drop top is made of triangles of various woods, Wenge, Black Walnut, Butternut, Cherry, Mahogany, Black Locust, Limba, Swamp Ash, all outlined by a veneer of black died boxwood.