for those of you who are quick to dismiss fender as a world class custom builder....

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by matte, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    to those of you who don't believe that fender is capable of producing incredible custom instruments, behold.....

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  2. J.H.

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    mismatched knobs, no pickup covers, and a single ply guard are custom? Dismissed!
     
  3. sheriff

    sheriff Senior Member

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    :jo

    look closer...
     
  4. jonnytexas

    jonnytexas Supporting Member

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    Kind of dick to rain on his parade. i think it looks cool.
     
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    smitandr Member

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    They gave you an extra string for free!
     
  6. kracdown

    kracdown Custom User Title Gold Supporting Member

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    it's got an extra string ;). I dig it! Looks like a real machine.
     
  7. Frankee

    Frankee Wartime Consigliere

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    Oy vey.
     
  8. sheriff

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    My sentiments exactly.
     
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    Too many strings, fretboard extension past last fret looks weird, dumb knob mismatch, silly looking trem (4 screws in, 3 left off ... why?) should have widened the 2 point trem instead of cobbling up a vintage one like that. I hate that metalflake but I guess it would look good in the backseat of a Ranger bassboat (oar). Does one actually need a black knob to remind them which is the S1 switch?

    Sorry, hope it is not yours.
     
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    winterblu Supporting Member

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    You certainly don't want to come to tgp for validation of a custom build, sheesh.
     
  11. DamianL

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    I can dig it.

    Paint in particular is badass...
     
  12. james russell

    james russell Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    Tough crowd here. Totally digging it Matte! Cool vision.
     
  13. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    just sharing.

    not caring. :)

    this will be all over my next record.
     
  14. Mandrax

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    Not my bag, but if you love it, all power to ya. One thing I have no doubt about, I bet it is a wonderfully made beautifully playing instrument. Fender make great guitars.
     
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    I think that it's cool that you've got kind of a "one-off custom thing" that you're into.

    That it's not anyone else's "thing", makes it even cooler, imho.

    I've got my own stuff that others would puke all over rather than play... Which makes me like my stuff even better.
     
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    Cool as hell if you ask me!
     
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    Nah, he's quoting a statement from another thread. It's tongue in cheek.
     
  19. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    fender has been rocking sparkle finishes since it's inception.

    the nodes shift the moment you fret a guitar, so that theory doesn't really hold any water for me.

    24 frets? i routinely use all of them, so that's a welcome addition for me.

    wiring is s1 based.

    all that being said? you are perfectly welcome to dislike it!

    :)

     
  20. FlyingVBlues

    FlyingVBlues Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the guitar is worthy of a player like Matte, who has a very high level of proficiency and talent. Matte had a thread about this guitar about a year ago. This was a prototype built for a friend of his. If I remember correctly it originally had different knobs and a different pick guard. I believe it has custom wound pickups, a custom whammy that provides a great deal of tuning stability and a special switching system. I totally dig the 24 frets and the scalloped fretboard. I remember that when John McLaughlin started his band Shatki in the 70s he used an acoustic guitar with a scalloped fretboard. That was pretty radical at the time, but it sounded extraordinary. JM had it built because the scalloping facilitated the quick microtonal variations that are an important of Indian music. I’m looking forward to hearing what Matte does with it on his next record. His first record had some killer playing on it.

    I really think that how an instrument sounds and feels, and if it inspires a musician to play exceptional music, is a lot more important than cosmetics like the color of the finish or mismatched knobs. I had the opportunity to play a couple of guitars that Matte sold to Tradarama a few years ago, and they were all exceptional instruments.
     
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