This killer 2006 DeTemple Spirit Series '56 Strat just in!
Michael DeTemple's guitars are legendary and considered by many to be some of the best Fender-style guitars you can get. Having worked for the likes of Dylan, Clapton, Neil Young, Ron Wood, Pete Townshend..the list goes on...in both the studio and on stage, in addition to doing film score work, Michael clearly knows what a great guitar should (and needs) to be.
In his own words:
"The Spirit Series guitars came from necessity. My personal guitars were classic 50's Strats and Teles. I found myself facing a dilemma. I wanted to play my old guitars but feared taking them on the road or into clubs due to their increasing value. I decided to make a couple of guitars for myself that would meet my demands and try to match up my trusty "Old Friends" that I had played for so many years. The results were my first Spirit Series Guitars. I feel that these guitars are the best of the best."
From the moment you pick this stunner up you know it's a substantial, well-made instrument - Michael calls it highly evolved and we couldn't agree more. It simply radiates quality, attention to detail, and soul...vibe....mojo...whatever your personal term for it is, this guitar has it in spades. It's palpable.
The playability and feel is fantastic. The gorgeous flamed maple neck is chunky yet carved in such a way that we didn't experience any fatigue.
This is a very resonant, lively, snappy sounding guitar played acoustically. Tons of sustain and punch are present and certainly reveal themselves when plugged in. There's a depth to this S-style guitar that we haven't experienced in other S's. Great bass response and overall power. It's literally something you can just feel in the guitar. We're especially in love with the wiring on this guitar - the lower of the tone knobs is a push/push pot which adds the neck pickup to wherever you happen to be on the 5-way switch. For example, when using the very Tele-like bridge position, you can tap that tone pot to engage the neck pickup as well, a la a Tele's middle position on its 3-way switch. Essentially, you end up with the ability to get Tele-style pickup combinations as well as the classic Strat combinations. Very cool indeed.
Condition: Excellent with only light signs of previous ownership present - light finish swirls and superficial finish scratches scattered on the body.
In our humble opinion, Michael has absolutely achieved his goal of recreating the 50s Fender "magic." An incredible TS that could easily be your only S for life. Priced with original hardshell case.
Interested? We may have another on the way.