She's back!

Leather pickguardSam returned the Baritone Tele yesterday, complete with the leather pickguard, a new Claypool logo, and a Mighty Mite brass 3-way pickup selector switch with a way cool chromo conical tip. Sam told me he had the switch for years but never the right guitar. After installing the leather pickguard, he found the switch its rightful home. It was the coup-de-grace! The detailed tooling on the leather pickguard is beautifully done and the guitar has that Western look that we have been after. More Western than Country! It's got rodeo all over it.

Baritone Tele body 050122Never say never, but I think this project is complete. The tone of this guitar is absolutely outrageous and the playability is superb. I was ClayLoop-ing with the guitar yesterday, with Stefan behind his drum kit, and I laid down a simple but funky rhythm part, stepped all the way down on the wah pedal, dropped everything an octave with the Whammy pedal, and a 1971 version of Chris Squire's bass tone jumped out of the speakers! With the Whammy pedal off, I worked all three pickup positions with and without the Tube Screamer for a wide variety of amazing sounds.

The guitar moves comfortably from deep and rich to bright and cutting tones. The pickups are wonderfully balanced and when combined offer a unique sound. The responsiveness to the tone control is as broad as any guitar I've ever owned, probably due to the Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. Day in, day out, she's a player.

It's ready!

One of the good kind of calls from mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell. The Baritone Tele is ready to come home! I'll pick it up this weekend. I'm ready for the Twango- Bango!

Next week

Stopped by to see mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell today. The Baritone Tele will be back in business next week. I'm having low Tele B withdrawal symptoms!

Good news and bad news

Mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell called earlier this week with good news and bad news. The good news is, the leather pickguard is on. I stopped in today to see it and it is stunning! The bad news is the lacquer dissolved the headstock decal. No worries, mate, I just made another one! I'll pick everything up on Friday.

Dropped off the pickguard

Today I dropped off the Baritone Tele, a sweet black hand-tooled leather pickguard, and a can of spray lacquer with mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell. The amazing Mr. Hubbell should have everything ready by the end of the week.

The next stage

The Baritone Tele with decalsBaritone Tele HeadstockBaritone Tele Cowgirl

The next stage in the evolution of the Baritone Tele is complete. The cowgirl and headstock decals have been masterfully applied by mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell. She's a beaut, Clark, measuring in at 4 1/2" tall. The Claypool Baritone Tele headstock decal was masterfully designed by Steve Gaither of Johnny Boy.

I will mail a trace of the current pickguard cut out for the P90 pickup to the good folks at El Dorado Hand-Tooled Pickguards tomorrow.

Muy bien!

Cowgirls and headstocks

The cowgirl decal and custom headstock logo decal were both applied today! I'll pick the glorious instrument up tomorrow and put up new pics.

The instrument is in a state of flux, yet again. Mad scientist, guitarist and guitar-tech extraordinaire Sam Hubbell had an epiphany after the decals were in place. "What she needs," explained Sam, "is a hand-tooled leather pickguard." Ah, the insight. After a quick Google, we found El Dorado Hand-Tooled Pickguards for Telecasters. That's a big 10-4, good buddy. The good folks at El Dorado have committed to a custom job that will fit a P-90 pickup. Woo-hoo!

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