This guitar was built for a country blues player in Knoxville. He found me and asked if I could make a Tele–style guitar that looked like his transparent blue flame maple Les Paul, so I did.
This guitar probably received more hours of attention than any other, fussing over which particular blue to use, what parts to incorporate to keep the classic look while exploring new territory, and how to tie the neck in to make it look like one thing. Every aspect of this instrument has been meticulously thought over, despite it’s very simple look.
The neck is a whopping one inch thick, at the customer’s request, made from quartersawn flame maple with a 1/32” purpleheart and curly maple stripe on the headstock. Rosewood fretboard with a 10” radius. 25.5” scale, Sperzel locking tuners and a 1 – 11/16” bone nut with a single roller string tree and medium nickel frets. The body features a bookmatched cherry back, fully chambered, a bookmatched flame maple top with a blue dye and transparent nitro finish. It has 10mm cream binding with blue nitro finish on the back. String thru construction and a quarter-pound steel ferrule block give this tone monster some added sustain. The pickguard shape was customized for this guitar alone and is made of a single piece of flame maple.
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