Artist Series - T
California Elite Series
The first of the series is the Artist Elite Hybrid "T" Scintillante.
I wanted to build a really versatile players guitar, the first incarnation
of this had a swamp body but this did not work well with the Alumitone pickups,
It was obvious then that a tighter grained body was needed to reflect the tones
of the pickups.
I changed the body from swamp to baseball bat hard ash and although this added
to the weight of the guitar it worked so well with the Alumitone's that I decided this was the way to go.
I also wanted to add a tremolo but not the usual Bigsby type so opted for a vintage 6 point Gotoh with a custom made slightly shortened trem arm.
The pickups are wired as singles rather than humbucker so the tones are recognisable as Tele but have a crisp clear tone.
I have matched the body up with a 60s C profile but with a 10 radius, quarter sawn maple neck with an Indian rosewood slab board.
You will see from the trem cavity that there are a few modifications from the standard spring and claw system.
The 3 way loom for this is custom made using CTS, Grigsby and vintage wax cloth wire.
The pictures below tell the rest of the story, she is one hell of a lovely instrument.
I want you to own a guitar that you just don't want to put back in its case and will work with you to achieve the sound and look that's personal to you.
Please contact me for more information on this or any other custom build.