The TV CASTER!

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Stefan, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
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    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 ;)

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    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

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    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!
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    The body

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    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.

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    Glendale Hardware

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    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.

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    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

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    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:

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    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!
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    That look frickin' AMAZING! Big congrats on this one and job very well done!
     
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  3. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Age:
    56
    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Amazing!
     
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  4. BuddieGreen

    BuddieGreen Gretschie

    287
    Sep 3, 2018
    indiana usa
    that is outstanding, makes me drool :)
     
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    843
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    I think Chet would have liked it. But we will never know for sure. I know he like new sounds and was always looking at new products.
     
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  6. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

    424
    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Looks awesome! Enjoy it!
     
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  7. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    Great lookin Tele thinline there. :)
     
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  8. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Well, that is great and I bet it's a big, big sigh of relief to get it done, finally! What a journey!
     
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  9. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Man this is a cool Tele, Stefan. Nice work and congrats!

    Aren't those B16s worth it? Super sensitive and stable.
     
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  10. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Absolutely true. They‘re more sensitive than a B6, really. They ARE worth it!
     
  11. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Congrats man! Enjoy that beauty. What's the total weight?
     
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  12. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Thanks Henry!
    2,8 kilograms.
     
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  13. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    That colour is so beautiful. Especially with the dull metal parts. It's almost art.
     
  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Excellent, Stefan ! :eek:

    Some kind of tasty "Telecaster-Meets-A-Gretsch project" : very fine... :cool:

    Congratulations ! ;)

    A+!
     
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  15. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Fabulous work, Stefan. Love the sonic blue, the flamed neck, everything about it. Congrats and play it for long in good health!
     
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  16. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    663
    Aug 21, 2014
    NYC
    Beautiful! I just got a thinline that I'm looking to put a Bigsby on. That is an amazing instrument. :- )
     
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  17. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Wow. That took really long.
    Good that it came out to your liking in the end.
    Now it`s time to rock out...
     
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  18. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Nothing beats a B16, but it‘s a lot of work. If you need a shim for the 1st step, let me know ;)

    I‘ve played her 4 hours today and I‘m blown away. It sounds so great and the neck is a piece of art. And the guitar stays in tune no matter what you’re doin...But it was a long ride and everything but easy. And xpensive :rolleyes:
     
  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Wow, she’s gorgeous!
    Well done!
    Be proud!
     
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  20. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    48
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Beauty,congrats sir!:cool:
     
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