Description

"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

Bill Asher's T-Deluxe model is one of our all-time favorite Asher designs. This lightweight Tempered Alder T-Custom from 2019 is from his Vintage Series, which aims to combine soul and feel of a vintage guitar with modern/boutique components and tempered neck and body woods. The results are fantastic and true to Bill's mission with this series of guitars. 

Using the Fender T-style guitars as a leaping off point, the T-Custom sports a slightly offset body which balances beautifully and adds a more ergonomic 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 Black T bridge pickup, 50s Strat spec neck pickup, and 6 position varitone switch. Versatility is the name of the game here - there are tons of vintage-inspired tones on tap. Anything from Tele snap and twang to glassy, raw Strat neck pickup tones, to P90-esq pushed midrange chime (when utilizing the Veritone), to warm jazzy neck tones, etc...you name it and this guitar will likely do it. 

Played acoustically, the tempered Alder body has a lively response and tons of snap & sustain. The C shaped tempered maple neck and 12" radius neck are a highlight - the shape feels quite a bit like an early 60s Strat to us (and dig the gorgeous roasted maple flame on the fingerboard). The satin "barely there" finish feels broken-in, with a nod toward modern playability (given the radius).

Condition: Like new (all relic'ing is from Bill's shop with no additional wear from the previous owner). No fret wear and the setup feels great. 

Fans of Telecasters who are seeking an even more versatile take on a classic should definitely check this T-Custom out. Highly recommended! Priced with G&G hardshell case. 

Specs

  • Body: Tempered Alder
  • Finish: Tobacco Burst Nitro Relic
  • Neck: Tempered quarter-sawn maple w/roasted flamed maple fretboard
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Radius: 12"
  • Frets: Dunlop 6155
  • Tuners: Kluson 
  • Nut Width: 1 21/32"
  • Pickguard: Bakelite
  • Pickups: Asher Black T (bridge) and Custom-wound 50s Strat Spec (neck)
  • Bridge: Asher "Single" Cut
  • Switch: 4 way
  • Veritone: 6 position
  • Case: G&G Standard
  • SN: 1174
  • Weight: 6lbs 13oz

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