PHOTO: October 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb amp keeps company with this September 2014 T2 guitar. Forget age differences. Sweet, sweet, pairing.
This guitar is extraordinary.
One of the finest guitars I've built, or even seen.
Whoever takes her home is in for a night of surprises, and probably no sleep. I'll predict this affair will become long-term. Warn your wife or girlfriend (txt message is perfectly fine).
I wanted to revisit the T2 platform concept, but introduce the Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck into the equation. Something I've desired for the past two years. Raj Swaminithan graciously accepted his quarter-sawn curly maple neck T2 at NAMM 2012 and it's been other fires to tend to, since then.
I cut my teeth on a Telecaster so there's a nostalgia factor here. A '68 Tele neck hangs on the wall of Dad's workshop, project from my formative years that never reached completion, due to warp. If nothing else, I learned I wanted to build guitar necks much differently than Leo Fender. And I have.
Leo and I would enjoy a wonderful conversation, were he alive, as kindred spirits exploring what's possible. Whenever I round a blind corner, chasing a curve, or figuring out an easier way to do things...I see his footprint, or sometimes glimpse his smile. I don't foresee any ego conflicts between us.
There's too much still to learn.
Chasing guitar design for a lifetime won't be long enough. It will take a much smarter (or perhaps arrogant) person, someone other than me, who could ever claim total mastery of lutherie.
PHOTOS: Nitro-thin sunburst modern poly over exceptionally lightweight Swamp Ash. Stainless steel and anodized aircraft-grade aluminum appointments. Custom OEM DiMarzio pickups with 5-way switching and coil split.
PHOTOS: Precision engineered and machined TOONE & TOWNSEND patented tuning system provides exceptional intonation accuracy and pitch control. Bearing bronze, brass, stainless steel, wing-spar alumimum...the finest guitar component set available on the planet.
I loved the challenge of hand-building a guitar to a level of precision and newness equivalent to output of an established production line. Call it practice, perhaps. This T2 may be a one-off, or it may be a prototype for future production guitars.
In many ways, that depends on you. On demand.
I would also love to see this guitar onstage, somewhere. If you are someone who could elevate this machine to world-wide status, let's talk. Conversely, if you want her exclusively to yourself, I fully understand. That was my first urge too.
Either way, I'm introducing her to the crowd. Interested?
PHOTOS: Unprecedented access to the highest frets via Non-existant™ neck heel structure. Two full octaves. Harmonics, sustain, tuning accuracy at levels that redefine what is possible with guitar.