How did this guitar come into being? “I was working in my lab late one night….(monster mash)”
I had a neck that I had done lots of work on and really liked the feel of it and the look of the Strat headstock but since it was a 24 fret neck instead of 21 fret like all other Telecasters and I couldn’t use it with a normal Cruzcaster body. I thought I would scrap the typical look and go for something wilder. Hmmmm what should I do? I know. I’ll give the body a completely different shape, cut a few chunks out of it and go at it with a chisel. What next? Burn it.
For make it a completely different guitar I decided to put in some vintage Japanese “Zebra” humbuckers. It has no pick guard, no single coil pickup and a Tune-o-matic bridge but also strings through the body. An unusual combination. The normal ivory knobs were to light so I dyed them to match the colour of the pickups.
I plugged it in, wondering what this thing would sound like. Wow. Super clean and wide range tone, no muddy humbucker thing happening here. It can do smooth full jazz, clean jangly sounds yet nice and bright on the lead position and like all “buckers” it can Rock.