We are just now starting to calm down from last week’s Guitar of the Week experience—that spectacular black Hollow T Classic. Having effortlessly playing, gorgeous tone gushing forth from every pour is not something we just pass over lightly. It is a feeling you never want to end. So why does it have to? Let’s just change our stage attire and continue on shall we?
This is a colorful permutation of the same theme and from the first few notes it is very clear that it is adeptly capable of sending chills up and down your spine. Baby Blue is a great color reminiscent of the old Sonic Blue shade but the most interesting thing is how popular this color has been for us in the past year or so. It seems as though we have a Baby Blue “something” in process at all times. In fact Dave Wakefield is just finishing final assembly of a superb Baby Blue Alder “Classic” as we speak. That’s Dave for you.
The color is not the only thing different here however. This is the new, illusive and sought after “T Classic.” Substituting for the hollow chambered body of last week is a torso of solid alder. The solid body produces alder’s signature tone of pumped lower-mids, pronounced upper-mids and rich abundant overtones with a bit more focused, forceful authority than its hollow chambered counterpart. The larger ‘62 Roundback neck backshape gives the player with a preference for a more substantially sized neck something to hang on to while effortlessly bending to the moon or strumming chords that ring out clearly and unencumbered.
This wonderful instrument was ordered by Keith at Gelb Music in Redwood City, California to add life, spontaneity and luster to their already illustrious store environment. Notice how Keith’s tasteful use of coffee dipped pickup covers atop the more traditionally oriented all-white pickguard captures that old/new/old look—or is it new/old/new or old/old/new or…? Whatever, it’s a great look!
The pickups chosen fully complement and expand upon its time-honored looks. They render lavishly warm and legible vintage tones in a larger variety than this body-style is usually accustomed, thanks to its 3 pickup arrangement of VA1, VA1 and TV3—all accessed from it 5-way coupled with push/pull switching. This is a slightly more minimalist approach than last week but extremely, extremely functional.
What an amazing instrument! Does it get any better than this? You could always call Keith and ask his opinion.
MODEL: – T Classic
FINISH: – Baby Blue
BODY WOOD: – Alder
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – ’62 Roundback
NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – White
NECK PICKUP: – VA1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1
BRIDGE PICKUP: – TV3
SWITCHING: – 5-Way w Add-Bridge Switch for 7 sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Gelb Music/Redwood City, California