ToneShaper Hotrod Telecaster x4105
ToneShaper Hotrod Telecaster x4105
Tone Shapers puts together pro-level hotrodded guitars that sell for reasonable prices. These guitars showcase products that we sell, and the profits fund our GuitarGuys YouTube web show.
This super cool Tele is the cat's pajamas. Seriously, tons of bang for the buck. Looking for a great player that doesn't break the bank? One that you can take to the gig without too much concern that it might get knocked over by some drunken bar patron? This is the one. It plays exceptionally well, and sounds fantastic. What more could you want?
Genuine Fender alder replacement body, made in Mexico at Fender's Ensenada plant. Olympic White. We've chosen a genuine Fender tortoise pickguard which contrasts beautifully with the white body.
Genuine Fender roasted maple neck, with 12" radius that allows for low action without fretting out during bends. 22 fret Pau Ferro fretboard. The truss rod adjusts at the headstock instead of the heel, making life a little easier.
We've completely rewired this guitar from scratch with 4-way series/parallel switching. This wiring provides one additional tonal option without adding complexity to the guitar.
In a Tele with conventional 3-way switching, the two pickups are combined in the middle position and are connected in parallel. This provides a chimy, open sound that Fenders are famous for. But the pickups can also be combined in series, which yields a fatter, warmer tone. It pushes the front of the amp a little harder, providing a little more drive. We wire the guitar like this:
Position 4 - Neck Pickup
Position 3 - Neck + Bridge (Series)
Position 2 - Neck + Bridge (Parallel)
Position 1 - Bridge Pickup
We wire the guitar this way because the positions that are most easy to find (the switch all the way forward, or the switch all the way back) yield the same options that a conventional Tele does with 3-way wiring. So long-time Tele players will feel right at home with this guitar.
Of course we wanted great pickups, and we decided on pickups from the maestro: Lindy Fralin. The Blues Special pickup in the bridge delivers just the right amount of girth without sacrificing that all-important Tele bite. This is a super popular pickup.
The Fralin neck pickup is a 2% overwound pickup. Overwinding the neck can make the pickup dark-sounding, and this is especially problematic on a Tele, where the neck pickup can be dark to begin with. But Lindy is the Magic Man, so have no fear, this guitar sounds fantastic in all four positions!
Hardware & Misc
We went with a Fender vintage Tele bridge on this guitar, but with Callaham's compensated brass saddles. Correct intonation is important, otherwise your guitar will play out of tune, and the original Tele saddles simply don't come close to intonating accurately. The Callaham saddles do, and from a few feet away they look like the real vintage thing (they're straight like the originals, rather than being slanted as some compensated saddles are).
And we went with locking Fender tuners. Some people think locking tuners will help any guitar stay in tune better, but we don't think some guitars - especially hardtail guitars with straight-pull headstocks, like Teles - will benefit much. But they sure are easier to string up! Changing the strings is so much easier when you only need 1/2 of a revolution of the tuner post to bring the string to pitch. So there you go.
We know you want a case, but Fender provides none. We're partial to gig bags - good ones are well made and offer plenty of protection, and they're just so much lighter and easier to carry around than hard cases that we strongly prefer them. Fender has several lines of gig bags ranging from the real bottom-feeder stuff to seriously deluxe. We're including one that's mid-line - the FE620 - with this guitar. It's a nice bag: Good protection, doesn't break the bank.
This guitar has been gone over from one end to the other by us, and is dialed. This guitar sounds and plays as well as anything, as well as any guitar from any company, including PRS, Anderson, Suhr, etc. IT IS READY TO GIG.
Guitar Weight: 8.05 Pounds
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
All components used in this guitar - including the neck/body - are new. All parts carry the warranty from their original manufacturer.
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