One of a kind: Thorn-o-caster!

Leonc

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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.

























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.
 

Leonc

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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:
 

Leonc

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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
 

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.
 

John Hurtt

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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
 

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?
 

niersbach

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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???
 

TNJ

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

S.
j
 

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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