Rick Kelly Guitars: PART IV

skintknuckle

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I have Bowery Pine with non-trussrod fir neck that has flats on it. Originally, I asked Rick his opinion about putting D'Addario 12-52 flats on it and he told me the neck would be fine. Granted, it's one of his DD necks. They sounded great...big, full and clean almost jazz box sound. Later I changed to a set of Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing JS110, 10-44 that I also like. They are still on the guitar. For me, flats on a Tele have a jazz/woody/clean sound and also you can get that Luther Perkins Rockabilly kinda sound.

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unseen hand

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Flats on the Kellys sounds interesting. I always play Ernie Ball Super Slinkys (.009) on everything. I figure no truss rod not a very heavy guage, but flats sound like a great idea.
I love them... In my opinion pyramids are worth the extra cost. Still bright and lively. Lasts a long time too
 

lavinci

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I love them... In my opinion pyramids are worth the extra cost. Still bright and lively. Lasts a long time too
I love my pyramid nickel classics....
But after trying the NYXL I'm on the fence...
The NYXLs from D'addario last so much longer than the pyramids
Still not sure where I'm at yet...
 

Longer

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Thanks. I see you were thinking about Cocobolo earlier too.... Do it! He put a nice board on my Dylan Eaglecaster. Plays well, looks amazing, and in a weird way, is almost self lubricating, without being "oily" if that could be "a thing".
Thank you, that's great to hear. Exciting stuff!
 

Guspin

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Fatback or standard neck for strumming?

I would like to order a Rick Tele guitar and I am no sure what kind of neck to choose.
I am thinking in a 7,25 radius, Bowery Pine
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance
 

Maggie_O

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Fatback or standard neck for strumming?

I would like to order a Rick Tele guitar and I am no sure what kind of neck to choose.
I am thinking in a 7,25 radius, Bowery Pine
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance
That's what I've got and it's SPECTACULAR!


The Current State of My Rig, February 23, 2013
by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr

The one with the snakehead is way bigger and wider. I'm loving it, but it was an acquired taste. My first one (shown above) is, IMO, the Platonic ideal Tele neck.
 

Vt58

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Just picked up a new Tele from Rick this week! Old figured maple neck and butternut body. The resonance and liveliness of this guitar has been amazing and really enjoyable to play. I love the larger neck and the figured maple is just beautiful. Rick was a pleasure to deal with and spent lots of time showing me the shop and talking about building. What a great experience! Here's a few pics:



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paulbearer

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That's a beauty. I saw it coming together. BIG maple. Same log as my bbender's big neck.
Congrats and enjoy. And careful, Rick might repo it if he sees you babying it too much with that cloth up there. (Honeymoon period, makes sense...)
 

paulbearer

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A non-TGP friend in Fla. just got his custom Bowery Pine Drophorn from Rick.
Big Double D Pine neck with Lapsteel inlays,
Lollar Goldfoil in the neck position
TV Jones Classic Plus in the bridge.
Glendale hardware.
Snakehead headstock
Waverly tuners.

6 lbs, 3 oz of sweet awesomeness.

The guy who turned me on to nocaster size beef, now going through the mind-bend of recalibrating what he always considered to be a big neck. The shock value is priceless.

 

Maggie_O

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I was playing my ancient (1983 62RI) Strat and now I'm jonesing for a Kelly Strat. C'mon guys, play me with Strat porn and links to ones that are for sale....
 

Longer

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I know this doesn't help Maggie, but today Rick said my strat was soon to start...
What this means is hard to say, but to post my excitement you gave me all the opening I needed.
:banana:banana:banana
Thanks!
 




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