One of a kind: Thorn-o-caster!

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Leonc, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    [UPDATE]*updated clip below*[/UPDATE]
    A few years ago, I did some favors for Ron Thorn and he offered to do me a favor in return: to build me a one-of-a-kind guitar. Okay...so he already did that a couple times, heheh, but I asked for something really different this time--I asked Ron if he could build me "my idea" of a Tele. I believe his exact words were, "Piece-o-cake". But that was before he heard what I had in mind :p .

    I wanted a Tele with an old vibe but modern electronics and niceties. As we got into it, I came up with an idea for a sort of "southwestern desert" theme too. So...a couple years later, and with a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and some absolutely astonishingly detailed work) on Ron's part, I present you with this one-off guitar.

    - Lacewood top on Alder body (with some spalting)
    - Tummy carve, dropped top and smoothed upper neck access
    - 25 1/2" scale
    - 1 piece maple neck w/skunk stripe
    - 10" - 14" compound radius
    - New American Tele style bridge, w/LR Baggs piezos
    - Fender American standard Tele pickups
    - 4 way switch (n, n+b (serial), n+b (parallel), b)
    - Custom desert theme inlays
    - Desert Canyon Red finish

    The guitar plays like a million bucks and sound like a billion. Exactly how a Tele should sound IMO. And looks?? Crap...they don't make a number that big.

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    And to top it off, I have a clip of a new song that this axe inspired me to come up with.

    * updated clip*

    The T-caster was used for all the guitar-parts. I used a variety fo amps...

    Finally, let me try to head this off at the pass: please don't ask Ron to produce another Tele or Fender knock-off type guitar. This one has been in the works for a long time and he certainly wouldn't build another.
     
  2. Teleman

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    Now that is a very nice guitar!
     
  3. flicker180

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    can i say that "i hate you" and still be your friend?

    :)

    nice kick-ass git there, Leon.

    dave
     
  4. flicker180

    flicker180 Supporting Member

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    double stap buttons = easier to just lean against a wall. :)

    Anderson does that.

    dave
     
  5. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks fellers! Knew you'd dig it.

    Brew - Ya, flicker's got it. Two butt-end strap buttons is an old Anderson trick, makes the guitar more stable if you want to lean it up against something for a sec. Couse, the lower button also feels better after a big meal... :cool:
     
  6. Barefoot

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    That looks like a BIG C neck...

    Whats the nut made out of?

    Very nice indeed...
     
  7. Leonc

    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a wee bit chunky. But not real fat like a Louisville Slugger. If you've played an Anderson Cobra...it's about like that.

    The nut is made out of red bone.

    Here come the Leon Redbone jokes :rolleyes: :p
     
  8. aleclee

    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

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    That's just sick. Color me impressed.
     
  9. cSuttle

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    That's pretty cool. I really like the gillomonster (bad spelling) inlay. With Ron's guitar growing in popularity by leaps and bounds you might have a real collector's item on your hands there.
     
  10. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    Leon,

    You and Ron are a pair of sick, twisted individuals to have come up with something like this....

    And I like that! :D
     
  11. cr8z4life

    cr8z4life Silver Supporting Member

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    Now thats a knockout!!
     
  12. PlexiBreath

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    Leon,

    Your list of features doesn't quite explain the knob with what looks like an LED next to it, what is it?
     
  13. Chun13

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    Waow Leon !

    That's an AWESOME one !
     
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    the button that looks like an led is the piezo button to turn it from steroe to mono.

    Leon can we get a picture of the headstock???
     
  15. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Gold Supporting Member

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    Leon, those inlays are badass!!
     
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    fretnot Gold Supporting Member

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    I am NOT a fan of inlays, but those are really cool! :D
     
  17. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    Beautiful Tele, Leon!
    Once again, Ron is da Man!

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  18. artandink

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    Absolutely incredible! W O W
     
  19. Scott Peterson

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    As noted on the Thorn Forum, damn fine guitar!

    The inlays are utterly killer. Too cool with that nut.
     

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