"My passion for restoring and building instruments began in 1982. I have worked for numerous artists who have shaped and inspired the guitars I build today. My designs offer the revered tones and iconic vibe found in great vintage instruments, coupled with refined solid construction, boutique electronics and custom feel." - Bill Asher
This aged Lake Placid Blue T-Deluxe has garnered a lot of attention since arriving at the shop. It's a stunning guitar, and definitely one that grabs your attention when scanning our wall of guitars. People then pick it up for a spin and the KO factor goes up even more - it's 5lbs 12oz!! Then they plug it in...you see where we're going here. It's a killer instrument on all levels, end of story.
Using the legendary Fender T-style guitars as a leaping off point, Bill's T-Deluxe model sports an offset body which balances beautifully and adds a more deluxe feel than your average Telecaster. What does remain is the versatility of a great Tele pushed even a touch further with the inclusion of Asher's own wonderful Blonde T bridge pickup, Vintage Vibe/Asher T Blade neck pickup, and 6 position varitone switch.
Played acoustically, this roasted Alder bodied guitar has a lively response and tons of snap & sustain. The chunky C shaped neck carve and 12" radius neck feels incredible - gently broken-in, with a nod toward modern playability (given the radius).
Plugged in there is plenty of classic Tele twang and bite in the bridge position and a killer hollow, round, Strat neck pickup-like tone in the neck position. While the neck "T-Blade" pickup looks like a Charlie Christian pickup, it's not tonally it should be noted. Mix in a 6 position Varitone circuit (chicken head knob), which acts much like a wah-wah pedal, and you can achieve anything from Tele to Junior to faux archtop to controlled (read: useable in a live setting) fuzz tones.
These are killer guitars that make meaningful improvements on a classic. Highly recommend checking one out! Priced with G&G hardshell case.