What if... Roger Rossmeisl had created the Thinline in 1954? What if Chet asked Leo for a guitar? Those were my thoughts two years ago and I thought it must’ve been something like this guitar. Today, after a long run with many problems, the TV Caster is finally ready! I wanted the best possible Thinline, built around a B16, with the best parts I could get and it should look, sound and feel as if the fantasized prototype above was built and then stored for the last 65 years Facts Tuners: Kluson Japan Single Line Callahan Stainless Steel string retainer Nut: TusqXL Vintage Neck: Warmoth Custom Raw Deal roasted AAAA Flamed Maple Fat neck, compound radius 10-16“, 1“ 1st fret/12th fret, Jescar medium Jumbos Body: Swamp ash/maple top, chambered but with completely massive center block. Faded Sonic Blue, Nitrocellulose lacquer, finished by Uwe Schölch (Tonfuchs guitars). Hardware: Raw Alu, Nickel aged Pickups: Handwound by David Barfuss. Neck: Alnico 5, 42 AWG, 6.2 kO Bridge: Alnico 3, 42 AWG, 5.7 kO Bridge: Truarc Serpentune in raw alu on custom dBridge alubase Electronics: Emerson Custom (250 kO Emerson PRO CTS Solid Shaft, Oak Grigsby 3-Way Switch, Switchcraft 1/4" Mono Input Jack, 0.047uf Emerson Paper in Oil Capacitor, Treblebleed) Tailpiece: Bigsby B16, Chet arm, Reverend soft spring Weight: 2.8 kg The neck The neck is burnished to 0000 and got one coat of linseed oil, the headstock is truoiled and gloss buffed. The fretboard got also one coat of linseed oil. The fretboard edges are medium rolled. The compound radius is a modern concession for best playability on this real fat neck. Nut width is 41 mms.The neck is fantastic smooth and a real pleasure to play! The body The body is a real lightweight and highly resonant. The finish is ultrathin and got a real cool faded (not reliced) character. Perfectly handfinished by one of germanys best reputated guitar builders, Uwe Schölch. Beautiful natural binding. Glendale Hardware Bigsby and Truarc/dBridge Tone: The guitar sounds amazing. Unplugged it‘s loud, highly resonating and bright with mighty transparent basses. Fantastic sustain. The neck pkup sounds warm and bluesy but fully transparent. A bit like an old Strat pkup. Full of singin‘ overtones. The Barfuss Stratotone with raw nickelsilver cover. The „Keef“ bridge pkup is surprisingly warm but still twangy. Totally 50’s sounding. Crisp and quack and everything but shrill. A dream pickup. Edit: atm both pkups together are outa phase. Maybe I‘ve soldered something wrong or a mistake of David Barfuss. No big deal, this will be fixed in the near future. The construction The Extreme Fat Neckplate with fake serial number- the birthday of my beloved lil’ daughter I think there are three most critical „wooden“ aspects on Tellys tonewise: A fat neck A perfect neckjoint A lightweight body The neckjoint on the TV caster is simply perfect, it fits tight like a glove. I‘ve used extra long stainless steel screws to compensate the angled neckpocket: No shim, perfect wood-to-wood contact. Everything is perfect. The guitar looks amazing, it plays like a dream and sounds paramount. The Bigsby works superb, the guitar stays perfect in tune and intonation is 100% (I‘m really picky about that). The neck is straight, no dead spots, no nothing. String action is 1.65 mm on the E‘ and 1.55 mm on the e‘. Fantastic! So- I‘m really happy! I only need a case that fits this beauty, I didn’t know that this would be a problem... Thanks to all you good guys for your help and support on this project!