It's here!!!! Callaham S

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Paulpuck68, Jul 15, 2006.


  1. Paulpuck68

    Paulpuck68 Member

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    Well it's here and the answer to the question of what took three years but is worth every penny and every minute I've waited is a Callaham S model. I also have a "matching" T coming sometime in the near future. I had never seen one in person until I I received mine and it is incredible. :drool The neck is a masterpiece just by itself. After sliding my hand over the neck I felt kind of naughty. I probabaly should have bought her dinner first. Anyway I can't wait to put her through her paces but I wanted to upload a few pics tonight. They where taken with a flash in poor lighting but hopefully you'll get the idea.

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  2. Tallhorses

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    jimmybcool Supporting Member

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    Damn near had to view this thread with my left hand.......
     
  4. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    LOL! GREAT analogy! (What's really scaring me is I know exacty what you mean! :D )

    That is one of the most beautiful and impressive looking new Strats I've seen recently. I'll bet it sounds as good as it looks. Enjoy! :)
     
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    No doubt she sounds like a Strat 'had ought to.' Congrats.
     
  6. DWB1960

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    Super sweet. Why 3 years though?
     
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    I am here as you are here as you are me and we are
    Sweet Strat!
    Congrats!!
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    Im close also. 27months under my belt.
    MG
     
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    Where have I seen a guitar like that before?
     
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    SWEEEEET freakin axe!! Ya giving out cigars?

    MG
     
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    tradarama www.PRIMEGUITARS.com Silver Supporting Member

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    THey play fantastic and sound wonderful. Great choice and a great reward for your long wait and financial commitment.
     
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    Nice axe but to me it seems a little crazy to wait three years for a guitar that looks the same as I think its called a Fender stratocaster.....:D They have rows and rows of them at GC.
     
  15. Paulpuck68

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    I think the key to your comment is "looks the same". Sound, playability, quality componenets, finish and feel are where you want to spend your money. I'd be lucky to spend three years looking at guitars at GC and finding one half as well built as a Callaham. I know in today instant gratification world three years seems like an eternity but it's just a drop in the bucket compared to how much time I'll spend playing her.
     
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    I sent a deposit in for an "S" model in March of this year. The wait does seem long, but after using Callaham hardware and a Callaham/Fralin p/u assembly in a parts strat I was sold. It seems like a good value when you see other small luthiers and the big daddy company charging a good amount more for an S style instrument.
     
  17. mojo69

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    i have the same guitar in a 2 tone with a 57 neck profile. i don't know how callaham sets them up because i got mine used. but my neck plate bolts were loose, intonation was off, action high and spring claw needed adjustment/bridge height/float was off. after all that i thought i owned the best playing/sounding strat in the world. then a friend with many years of strat eperience suggested two more changes. i disconnected the ground wire to the shielding paint - this made a remarkable change in the clarity and note separation/definition. then i replaced the capacitor with a .06 sprague black beauty - that added a huge thickness to the note. you
    got yourself a nice guitar stock but mine is a different animal now after
    dialing it in a bit. (p.s. don't worry about the nitro finish - if you play it, it will self relic very quickly - there's no escaping it - like the bed of a new pickup)
     
  18. artandink

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    I had to wait three days.

    Bought this on eBay.


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    Neck is a 'C' shape. Not too fat. It's fairly loud acoustically. Not sure if that's because it's a hard-tail or if it's Callaham's wood selection.

    Tone is more in the vintage range than my Lentzes or Suhr. Plays well too.
     
  19. DrJamie

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    I watched that auction. I think you did great on the $. Let us know how you like the guitar. I've been gassing for a hardtail, just because I've never had one. Personally, I really like to have a trem on a strat, to give chords a little vocal quality, but that is a cool guitar. Congrats.
     
  20. guitarlix

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    Looks like a strat. Hey, you paid $$$ and waited 3 years so now you have to convince yourself that it's special.
     

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