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NYC NGD: Rick Kelly Tele, Chumley/Chelsea edition

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by VicAjax, May 18, 2011.

  1. VicAjax

    VicAjax Male Supermodel

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    After a mere 13 month wait (about 11 months less than i had planned on), Rick Kelly finished my pine tele. I picked it up yesterday, and it's chock full of Old NY mojo. You can read all about them in this thread.

    Here's the epic tale of mine:

    The Body
    Cut from a pine beam that Rick salvaged from the old Chumley's Speakeasy. this building was built in the 1830s (some say 1820), and the Speakeasy opened during prohibition. it was a favorite haunt of writers including Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who, legend has it, consumated his marriage at table 7), Allen Ginsburg... i could go on and on.

    The back of the horn has "Go Go" woodburned into it, which is what my son called my mom. She passed away about two years ago.

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    The Neck
    Cut from a fir ceiling beam Rick salvaged from the basement of the Chelsea Hotel. it's got a fat D neck, about an inch thick all the way up. it doesn't have quite as much shoulder as Rick's Double-D neck, but it's still super fat, and it feels perfect...like Rick sized it off a mold of my hand.

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    The Pickups
    Don Mare Hayride. In the limited time I've had to play it, they sound fantastic. Great bridge tone without being too ice-picky (i'm not a big fan of the Buchanan sound). And the neck pup is a wonder; it reacts so nicely to the tone knob.

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    The Man
    Rick Kelly is a mensch. He's terrible with deadlines, takes forever, and has almost zero business sense...but he's a great guy who builds amazing instruments for far, far less than he should be charging. Thanks Rick.

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  2. Kmaz

    Kmaz Member

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    May I be the first? Beautiful instrument.
     
  3. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    When Old New York goes the way of New Amsterdam, we'll still have these Teles to remember it by. So what's the nickname, the ChumChel Tele? Still lovin' that neck!
     
  4. choucas09

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    Amazing guitar, never seen a neck like that before. Are those all yours in the background, some collection.
     
  5. Bobby D

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    the mojo factor on that guitar is OFF THE CHARTS.

    Rick Kelly is THE MAN.

    happy new AWESOME guitar day! :agree
     
  6. VicAjax

    VicAjax Male Supermodel

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    i've been calling it the "Gogocaster"... didn't really think about it, don't know if it'll stick. :dunno

    heh, i wish i had a collection like that. that's Rick's shop (that's also Rick playing my guit).

    there's no trussrod in the neck either... it's damn stable wood, but i'm curious whether i'll need to get it retrofitted with one eventually.

    Rick says he has enough Chelsea fir left for about 20-25 more necks, then it's gone forever.
     
  7. davidos

    davidos Supporting Member

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    That guitar is awesome! Congrats!

    Does Rick have any completed guitars hanging on the wall? May go down there tomorrow...
     
  8. VicAjax

    VicAjax Male Supermodel

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    he's usually got a few finished guitars hanging out there.

    yesterday, he still had a sweet-looking pink esquire in the window, a pine "Eaglecaster" with what i think were Seymour Duncan humbuckers, and a white strat, as well as a few others i don't remember.
     
  9. starjag

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    Fantastic!!! Congrats!!!
     
  10. Bobby D

    Bobby D Member

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    isn't the Chelsea the hotel Sid & Nancy used to stay in from the Sex Pistols???
     
  11. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow! Gorgeous for sure, and well worth the wait, I am guessing.
     
  12. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    The Hotel Chelsea is the hotel where Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death, and is famous historically for that and other reasons.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Chelsea
     
  13. Bobby D

    Bobby D Member

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    that's what i thought........lotsa rock stars and others stayed there.

    i used to LIVE in the east village (6th and Ave B) so i should KNOW this stuff :bonk
     
  14. aram

    aram Member

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    that guitar is beautiful. i want to trade!
     
  15. Jaya

    Jaya Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous guitar,
    Enjoy it in good health!
     
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  17. fretless

    fretless Silver Supporting Member

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    Totally agree here. EVERYTHING about that guitar oozes all kinds of coolness.
     
  18. coldfingaz

    coldfingaz Member

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    Congratulations!!!

    What a freakin' beauty. And, the NYC historical touches are awesome.

    Enjoy!
     
  19. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    I really, really like that guitar. :)

    Really.

    I do.

    Really.
    :omg
     
  20. Lespaulsignature 74

    Lespaulsignature 74 Silver Supporting Member

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    Congrats, that neck is just off the charts, beautiful grain all around!
     

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