DeTemple Spirit Series '52 (2007)


We're very excited to have our first Michael DeTemple guitar in the shop, and what a killer guitar it is! A stunning, near-mint 2007 Spirit Series '52. 

Michael'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 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." 

So how does it sound, feel, play you ask? The word that keeps coming to mind with this guitar is depth. From the moment you pick it up you know it's a substantial instrument - Michael calls it highly evolved and we couldn't agree more. It's not heavy mind you, it just 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 is excellent and the 50s style, soft V neck carve feels great. Chunky yet carved in such a way that we didn't experience any fatigue (this isn't the overly bloated Nocaster style carve found on a lot of 50s style Teles).

It's 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 T-style guitar that we haven't experienced in other T's. Great bass response and overall power. It's literally something you can just feel in the guitar. 

In our humble opinion, Michael has absolutely achieved his goal of recreating the 50s Fender "magic." An incredible T that could easily be your only T for life. Priced with original hardshell case. 

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • Build date: 11/29/2007 signed, Micheal DeTemple
  • Neck: one piece flame maple with walnut skunk stripe
  • Nut = 1 11/16”
  • Neck shape = Soft V, turned fingerboard edge
  • 9.5 radius, 25.5” scale, 21 frets
  • Gotoh 510 open back tuners
  • Zero fret wear
  • Hardware is chrome with titanium bridge saddles and string ferrules.
  • Pickups are proprietary Lollar Sweet Spot
  • One piece Swamp Ash body, beautiful grain
  • Finish: Transparent White (blonde)
  • 3-way switch
  • Mammoth tusk switch tip, nut and string tree
  • Original Hard G&G case
  • 7lbs 9oz

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