Silver Supporting Member
Always in search of a versatile guitar, I was primarily a PRS player in the 90’s. I moved on to Suhr as I preferred the pickups and somehow John is able to make singles and humbuckers work well together. For the last few years I fell in love with LPs, and although I love the fat tones they of course don’t have the slice of a nice strat or tele. I picked up this Teye Super Coyote at MountainCatGuitars (NY/NJ members need to check out Doug’s stash of great boutique gear; super nice and knowledgeable guy too) and for one singlecut offering an array of musical tones the Teye is it for me.
It was as if this guitar was custom built with me in mind. The wide elliptical neck shape, the thin finish without grain filler, the Z inspired looks, the improved neck access and ergonomics while sitting (due to the short waist the balance is perfect) are all things that I personally have sought over the years. But none of that would matter if the sound was not there. I can say that in my opinion there is not an unmusical sound to be had no matter where the controls are set. I’ve assembled dozens of partscasters and played around with treble bleeds, onboard preamps, coil splits, tbx and tonestyler controls chasing a “do all” guitar, and none of that approaches the totality of Teye’s proprietary electronics. And it goes without saying the Lollars sound terrific.
It might be easy to become overly focused on the visual aesthetic of the Teye’s or the unique switching, but I believe everything about the guitar is done for a reason. I believe the ratio between the mass of the neck and the body is important based on the notion that the neck acts as a driver to the body (and why tone seems to follow a good neck on bolt ons). A body with a lot of mass like a tele or LP requires a chubby neck to drive it and make it sing. Some builders use an oversized headstock and thinner body (Fano/Novo comes to mind) and Suhr offers an oversized headstock. With the Teye, the body is thinner than an LP, making it comfortable and light. The large headstock and plating make a cumbersome body unnecessary. I noticed different models with more or less plating seem to be constructed a bit differently, so no doubt Teye uses this ingredient with sonic intentions.
I hope people will have a chance to take a Teye for a spin. It may not replace your holy grail tele, strat or LP, but it will get you in the ballpark in a most musical way.