Bill Asher's T-Deluxe model has pushed the classic Tele design forwards without sacrificing what's great about a Tele.
Why We Love This
With its long scale, Asher stamped Tele bridge w/pinky scoop, perfectly carved Soft V neck carve, and Tele inspired offset body, Fender players will be right at home with the overall feel. The Gibson influence starts to show itself in the Korina body, Asher-made humbucker neck pickup, 3-on-a-side headstock shape, and most importantly, in the extra midrange punch and chime tonally.
Beyond the gorgeous looks (the Asher-made tortoise guard is really beautiful) the first thing you'll notice when picking up this guitar for the first time is the playability - this guitar simply plays itself and the carve is similar to a mid-60s Strat, just slightly more V shaped. The setup is spot on and makes anything from pedal steel bends to jazz chord solos a breeze.
Played acoustically, this T-Deluxe has all the liveliness and snap you'd expect from a great Tele-style guitar. Plugged in, that Tele twang melds beautifully with a warmth, chime, and punch that only Korina can deliver. Combined with a 10 position Veritone circuit (via the chicken head knob), you have anything from classic Tele twang, killer LP-esq rock and blues tones, to very convincing archtop tones available.