If there's one thing that's sure to get everyone on staff @ TME buzzing it's the introduction of a new builder to the TME family. We are really excited to be working with the extraordinarily talented Thomas Rodriguez. Based in Virginia, Thomas has been building guitars, including highly regarded nylon strings, for the last 35 years alongside fellow VA-based contemporaries Lindy Fralin and Bill Callaham.
The Pterribird makes no secret about its influences and we have zero beef with that. More than a simple mashup of a Tele and a Firebird, Thomas has included plenty of thoughtful details that make this a really cool, really unique build - a lightweight Honduras mahogany body (check out the raised center section for some gorgeous detail work), bolt-on maple neck with a 24.9" scale (1 5/8" mastodon ivory nut), Callaham bridge w/compensated saddles, and a Fralin Firebird neck pickup and SP bridge pickup (which is really a P90 pickup in Tele form).
Visually, we absolutely love the way these elements come together in a nod to the past while also creating something entirely new. Tonally? This guitar maintains a surprising amount of Tele twang, but with a fatter, musical midrange thanks to the Fralin SP bridge pickup. The Firebird pickup delivers classic single coil-like bite and clarity which pairs nicely with the fat, midrange rich bridge pickup.
We count ourselves as very lucky to work with the caliber of builders we represent - the best of the best. We can say, without hesitation, that we're honored to represent Thomas Rodriguez and his incredible work. A master builder whose guitars are not to be missed.
Priced with hardshell case.
- Serial #: 340
- Neck: maple
- Body: Light Honduras Mahogany
- Fingerboard: maple
- Scale length: 24.9
- Fretboard radius: 10”
- Frets: #141 wire, width .095, crown .045
- Neck profile: between a soft V and C
- Nut width: 1 5/8”
- Nut: Mastodon ivory
- Controls: volume, tone and a 3 way switch
- Pickups: Lindy Fralin Tele SP bridge and a Firebird neck pickup
- Bridge: Callaham
- Tuners: Gotoh vintage style
- Finish: Nitro 2 tone burst
- Weight: 7 pounds