As legend has it he arrived on horseback with axe slung over his shoulder. He had come seeking knighthood. Yes, Willie knows fine guitars. Many say he is an expert—one of the most renown in all of Guitardom. Fittingly, the full name of his store is “Willie’s American Guitars” and they are recognized around the world as experts in the field of Vintage, Used, New Electric and Acoustic Guitars as well as Tube Amplifiers.
So when Willie himself specced out this wonderful Hollow T Classic we did not argue, for it was to become this esquire’s “Excalibar.” Wisely and knowingly he pointed out how playing a one pickup instrument of this style is not the least bit limiting and, in fact, can be artistically freeing. He sited many celebrated records and favorite songs done on guitars outfitted just this way. The list is truly impressive. “You see,” he went on to explain, “the real deal is magnificent tone and this Hollow T Classic has it in abundance—even unplugged it just seems to resonate for days. And if that weren’t enough, it further distances itself from the Middle Ages the moment you wrap your hand around its extremely comfortable ‘+ .050 T/A Standard,’ medium-depth neck and fly unimpeded along its full length. But nothing can quite prepare you for the Stainless Steel experience of seamless bending and silky vibrato granted by these exclusive Anderson frets.”
Alder is Willie’s chosen body wood backing a top of dramatically quilted medieval maple and highlighted with a regal Transparent Teal finish, while an uninterrupted Aged White pickguard lies in contrast. A familiar reddish tinge tells the tale of a Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard and Eastern Hardrock Maple neck forever committed to perfect playability.
The virtuous power inherent of this righteous axe is wielded with the assistance of a TD3+ residing as the bridge position pickup and tailored to pleasing perfection with the use of a 3-Way switch and a surprisingly functional tone control. Flipping the 3-Way to the rear asks for the TD3+ to give its all while canceling hum. Sliding into position 2 brings up the TD3+ in true single coil format while landing on position 1automatically acts as a rolled-off tone control. But this unique axe’s true mystic qualities are granted by the grace of a visually undetectable piezo pickup concealed within the bridge saddles themselves, bestowing an ability to also double-track yourself or present acoustic passages all on their own. Now that’s pure-tone versatility in a live situation!
As for his quest, it has come to a fitting end. Having found true tone and adaptability, Sir Willie is no longer mere esquire but full-fledged Knight of the Round...something-or-rather. Anyway, he now has this amazing axe in his possession at Willies American Guitars and it begs the question as to whether you are the one who can pull it from the proverbial stone.
• MODEL: – Hollow T Classic—with body contours
• FINISH: – Transparent Teal with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple with Alder Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Vintage Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – + .50 T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Fixed Bridge—with Powerbridge for plugged-in Acoustic Guitar Sounds
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – N/A
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – TD3+
• SWITCHING: – 3-Way Custom
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Willies American Guitars/St Paul, Minnesota