While the name Jeff Senn may be unfamiliar to players outside of his hometown of Nashville, he's definitely not a newcomer to the industry (as of late, you can occasionally see Nashville-based Tom Bukovac playing his Senn Fullerton in his very cool "Homeschoolin' " video series - check it out).
Early into his career Jeff split his time between touring with several major artists and working as the head of Gibson's repair department. Since 2004 he's been building instruments under Senn Guitars with the goal of creating guitars that reflect the best qualities of the classic, vintage designs.
Jeff's Fullerton model is simply a fantastic S-style guitar (easily on par with lauded brands like Danocaster, etc...). The relic work is exceptional and yields a guitar that truly looks, feels, and plays like an old instrument. It's really alive, resonant, and loud acoustically - notes just jump off the fretboard with an additive snap...we had a blast playing it before we even thought about plugging it in.
While the overall vibe of this Fullerton points pretty heavily at 1954, this isn't a straight-up clone of a mid 50s Strat. Where you notice this most is in the neck carve. Fans of larger, rounder necks (think 57 LP Reissue) will immediately feel at home. If you like, say, a 60s Oval C, this one might not be for you. It's a well shaped and comfortable carve, but it's substantial - and no doubt a huge reason why this guitar sounds so good.
Loaded with a set of Lollar ‘64 pickups this guitar delivers fantastic, vintage-inspired tones that interestingly enough sound a heck of a lot like a 50s Strat. Mid 50s Strats have a bit more in common with Tele's to our ears - that awesome "crang" you get from a great Tele bridge pickup? That's more in line with what this Fullerton's bridge pickup sounds like. From there, all the classic bell-like, slightly scooped mids, slightly compressed tones are here. In short, this is what we want a Strat to sound like. It's super musical and lest we forget, a hell of a lot of fun to play.
Condition: Excellent (it's a relic) w/light fret wear.
If fat neck'd Strats that capture the essence (and tone) of a mid 50s Strat are on your bucket list, check out this Fullteron - you won't be disappointed. Priced with hardshell case.
- SN 100408
- Lollar ‘64 Pickups
- 7lbs 4oz