Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of March, 19 2001 through March, 26 2001


T Classic
Alder
Baby Blue

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.

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 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




T Classic
Alder
Baby Blue






Current Guitars Of The Week

Guitar Of The Week Archives