Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Esquire

Last year I decided that if I was going to have another Telecaster, I would have to build one because it seemed that every store bought one I had, I sold for one reason or another. I had a neck laying around, tuners, neck plate and screws, Tele control plate.  I just needed the body, pickup and a few other bits.

So I ordered Mighty Mite Ash Telecaster body in Butterscotch, a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster pickup, Wilkinson bridge and any other hardware needed.  The neck I already had is a Warmoth Strat neck with the boat contour, 1" the entire length, just like my Frankenstrat. 

Once everything arrived, assembly and soldering began. For the wiring, I went with the usual Esquire syle wiring with the Eldred mod in position 3.  This gives it a slight cocked wah sound.  It works well to cut through the mixed and makes it sound a little fatter.

Now that it's dialed in after a good setup, it plays and sounds great.  The fat neck is definitely a feature I enjoy.  With my rather large hands, it's more comfortable to play.  The Broadcaster is a nice vintage style Tele pickup with a good amount of snarl and bark in addition to that Tele twang.  I'll be enjoying this one for a long time.

Update 12/2015: The pickup has been changed out for a Rumpelstiltskin 1950 Black Rope wound to 10-10.5k. While the Broadcaster is a great pickup, I needed more output and warmth but still have that Tele sound. This fit the bill. Check out Rumpelstiltskin Pickups for more information on the 1950 Black Rope as well as other offerings.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Iron Maiden - Speed of Light

Iron Maiden Fans, the wait for a new album is over.  Their new single, Speed of Light, was released on August 14. To me, this sounds like the classic Maiden we all love. I really like the guitar tone on this song. Some will say it's the same old rehash, some will say they expected more. Well, they can't please everyone. In my opinion, they've earned their right to do what they want, how they want. This is Iron Maiden. This song is on the upcoming double-album, Book of Souls, set for release September 4th. Up the irons!