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Logan Teles-worth it?

J-custom

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Thinking of ordering a Logan tele based off a 52 tele but with slightly more modern specs: 12" radius, big frets. I've read quite a few good reviews but wanna hear what you guys think abt the quality of his builds. I've also heard that his necks are not handmade, if so do you know where he gets them from?
 

73Fender

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I've heard good things. Lots of guys on the TDPRI like them. I saw one once in person, very nice. His prices seem to have come up a little compared to a year ago. I think he uses mighty mite necks. I've seen them go for really cheap used on e bay.

Rob DiStefano is another reasonably priced builder. One of his was listed here recently.
 

DCross

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I have one of his strats. Truthfully it had a few things about it that I thought were signs of sloppy workmanship, but after I made a few adjustments it's become the best strat I've ever owned. One thing- he doesn't use grain filler...this makes the guitar more resonant, at least acoustically, but you can feel the wood grain on the body... Doesn't bother me, but if you're expecting a super smooth, glass like finish, look elsewhere. Mine is a very organic feeling and looking guitar.
 

J-custom

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Actually I don't mind grain filler not being used, thinking of going with the aged white look (very thin finish) paired with a black pickguard and a neck with a vintage tint
 

gvonpaul

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My Logan Tele is fantastic. After owning several Fenders and never being happy with them, I ordered a Logan and suddenly I understood the tele hype. The finish, the resonance, the overall playability of it make it one of my favorites. For the money, you can't go wrong.
In addition, Bob is a great guy to deal with.
 

J-custom

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Mind sharing the specs of the tele you ordered? Anyone tried a 4 way switch before? How diff does the neck and bridge in series compare to them being in parallel?
 

gvonpaul

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Mine is a northern swamp ash body, compound radius neck, vintage yellow. I got standard wiring with the Duncan Broadcaster in the bridge and Vintage something or other in the neck.
 

byrdparis

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im thinking of ordering a logan tele (mmm... at least something look like a tele) my self.
i am very gasing for some short scale tele bosy with 3 X p90
do you think he can manage something like this?
 

Drewski

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One thing- he doesn't use grain filler...this makes the guitar more resonant, at least acoustically
Thats why all pre-war D-28 Martins suck. They grain filled that brazillian and took away all the acoustic resonance.....

I wish myth busters would tackle this urban legend.....

Guys that dont grain-fill probably hate it. Its a messy, gloppy, dirty chore that dries and turns into a dusty sand fest. But Ill put up like 100+ years of great grain filled acoustic guitars, against an unfounded internet rumour.
 

J-custom

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I love the feeling of the grain of the wood on my hands. I have a washburn paduak n4 which is unfinished and I just love how it feels (and how it sounds and plays as well heh)

Thinking of putting in a set of lollar viintage Ts in the tele, tried them on my friend's vinetto tele and just fell in love with them, worked well with high and low gain
 

gvonpaul

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im thinking of ordering a logan tele (mmm... at least something look like a tele) my self.
i am very gasing for some short scale tele bosy with 3 X p90
do you think he can manage something like this?
You could ask him, he always worked with me to get them the way I want.

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jass

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I was a bit disappointed with some aspects of my Logan Tele Custom when I got it. Namely the body finish/biniding, which weren't up to my standards, even considering that it wasn't going to be "glossy". The routing was done with a drill press and wasn't cleaned up, the binding had some gaps...

That being said he picked great pieces of wood to make the guitar, and it sounded great, until I sold the body to make a Tele Deluxe-type build. I still have that neck lying around, and it was made by allparts.

Bottom line, in my opinion, it won't look as nice as an american standard, but it will sound better (or at least it depends on your pickup choice... My lollar regal sounded beautiful)
 

J-custom

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Sweet! Saw your tele at the custom tele thread as well. My original idea was something like this as well, minus the flamed maple neck. now I'm deciding whether I should pair it up with a tort or black pickguard. Btw, what are the specs?
 

FredZepp

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Sweet! Saw your tele at the custom tele thread as well. My original idea was something like this as well, minus the flamed maple neck. now I'm deciding whether I should pair it up with a tort or black pickguard. Btw, what are the specs?
I bought mine locally. The guy who ordered it only played Les Pauls before and talked to Bob Logan about this design. I think that he made good choices for a Tele that a LP player would like, but it didn't work for him. It really just needed a good set up. I put 9's on it and adjusted truss rod and action and it's killer. It takes a good setup if you want to have a Tele that compares to a Les Pauls playability. Now it plays easy all the way up the neck and no dead spots.

I believe that some Logans have a body made by someone else in poly, these may be great also, I haven't tried one. This one is all nitro, no filler and the neck is flamed maple with a maple board. Pickups are Twang King , which are potted but will do tele sounds and a lot more. There's no problems when adding gain.

I don't remember the neck radius, but it's pretty flat, medium chuncky . It has medium jumbo frets , not vintage thin frets, and a low action like I'm used to.
 






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