…if I could have it my way.
I created this picture in the dressing room at offset-guitars.com.
I would have a Jazzmaster body made from mahagony with maple-top.
A Mosrite/Gretsch scale, set neck, maple with ebony fretboard (Mosrite radius).
The neck-profile copied from my e-sitar.
Neck-binding, zero-fret and the smallest frets available (Framus NOS?)
I probably would have a Bigsby instead of the jm-vibrato, but the jm-bridge.
These appointments are based mostly on one of my all-time favorite guitars, the 1975 Gretsch Country Rok, which I sold long ago.
For pick-ups I would have three Novak Fender XII replicas.
Jaguar style three on/off switches (rather than the Stratocaster switch in the pic) .
The rhythm circuit to give additional pu-combinations, since the 3 pups have two coils each. Maybe like this: upper-bout switch turns on north of bridge, south of neck, but not breaking the main selector circuit. The outside coils should be humcancelling and hollow like a Jazzmaster.
I just love the sound of the Fender XII, which I used on Wild Action (Modern Sounds of The Looney Tunes Band). The pick-ups are not as thin as DeArmond single coils, and not as fat as Supertrons. More like Jaguar ones, but hum-cancelling.
Color: ocean turquoise with matching headstock and gold hardware, Kluson-style tuners.
Pickguard either gold-aluminium or vintage white.
I wanted a gold guard guitar ever since I got The Wildest Guitar by Mickey Baker. I never had a blue-ish guitar before. It looks so green because I chose the aged look in the dressing room. The finish is blueer when new.
It looks fancy, I see that. But it’s supposed to be a custom, they have to look fancy!
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- links for 2010-09-26
- Dave Wronski in The Press
- Rare Gretsch Tiki Guitar