NGDx2! Duesenberg & JW Van content inside

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  1. dougb415

    dougb415 Member

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    My wife and I took a drive up to Lexington KY this past weekend to do some business with Travis at JW Van Guitars. He gave us a tour of his shop, and because of all the "ooh-ing" and "ah-ing" we were doing, we forgot to take a single pic! We picked up two guitars from him - a Duesenberg Starplayer TV Deluxe and a T-style that he built. Here are the specs on the Tele:

    - one piece figured mahogany body
    - nitro finish
    - Hipshot hardware
    - Lollar Royal T neck pup
    - Lollar J Street bridge pup
    - 4-way switch with regular and series wiring
    - flame maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, 25-1/2" scale, 12" radius

    The aged pearloid pickguard really complements the paint job. The neck is nice and chunky, similar to a '50s Gibson neck. No left hand cramp from this guitar - thanks again, Travis!

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    ....and let's not forget this gorgeous Duesenberg Starplayer TV Deluxe, in Crimson Red. I tried out a Duesenberg a few years back, and the tremolo just slayed me. I've had Fender, Bigsby, Squier, Callaham, Bladerunner - none of them compares to a Duesenberg trem. The guitar that it's attached to is pretty sweet as well! Because of the double f-holes, it sustains for a long time w/ no feedback. It sounds like a cross between a Gretsch and a Gibson. I like it!

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    Wow. Nice Duesenberg.
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer

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    Great pics! You really know your lighting. That tele is just gorgeous, you're so right about the pickguard. And the Duesy... I happen to have a black TV+ in the mail right now, so it's just making me more impatient! :)
     
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    Thanks! I try to wait for good light, usually an hour or so before sunset. You're gonna love that Duesy! Getting both of these guitars feels like Santa stopped here early this year :banana
     
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    BTW, does anyone know how to get the trem system on the Duesenberg all nice and shiny? Would tarnish remover work, or is that not the way to go?
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer

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    I recommend checking with the good people at Duesenberg USA, they have been very helpful to me in the past.
     
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    That's a sweet T style right there! Enjoy :)
     
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    They're both beauties. I would be hard pressed deciding which one to pick up first.

    Happy New Guitars Day to you!!!
     
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    Nice! I'd rock either of those. 2 is always better than 1 when it comes to a lot of things, but with guitars, it's twice as good!
     
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    Thanks! Just put down the Duesenberg after an hour, the JW Van is next. Gotta give my back a break for a little, so it goes. I rarely play sitting down so I can stand for about an hour, break for a bit, then go back to it.
     
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    I updated the title, should've had this info in it right from the start!
     
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    Drool!

    Any idea why he chose the modern three screw bridge with long intonation screws over vintage spec?

    Enjoy
     
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    Thanks! No idea as to why Travis chose that particular bridge plate, I have no problem with it tho. I have another T-style with the 4-hole version, I really can't tell any difference between the two. I know that he uses Hipshot hardware, unless you specify something else.
     
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