Tele-Style Soloway Swan Clip (with a BJF PGC & Honey Bee, & Analogman Delay)

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  1. MrMunky

    MrMunky Member

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    Even though I already own a fine Swan, Jim Soloway was kind enough to send me one of his new Tele-Style Swans. I can't say enough good things about this machine. I expected it to have the basic Swan tone with maybe a little bit more bite. I never expected it to perform as a Tele as well as a Suhr or Custom Shop Nocaster, but it does, and with the low end of a hollowbody.

    I'll write a more in-depth review later, but for now, here's a clip:

    http://www.inrerocknroll.com/tunes/TennStud.mp3

    I spent last weekend in Nashville; that was my inspiration.
     
  2. mprvise

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    Well, what a fun little clip that was! :) Thanks for posting.

    Love my Swan (played for hours today at a rehearsal) and am interested in the Tele style. My own Tele (Gatton sig) has seen the most gig duty in the last few months. Having a Soloway Tele would be like combining two of my favorite gutars. :dude
     
  3. daddyo

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    Man, that's a very cool tone. Very distinct but very familiar, too.
     
  5. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Member

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    Great job MrM. I'm glad I got the guitar into some hands of someone who could really get some Tele sounds from it.

    I was a little worried about this guitar while we built it. I was determined to use a traditional style Tele bridge because I think that's where a lot of the Tele sound comes from but I really had no idea how well that would work with our longer scale length. I was also a little concerned about the bridge pickup. I though it might be too thin and shrill. I was really shocked when we finished it. The bridge was a breeze to intonate and I thought the bridge pickup sounded huge. I was able to get some really nice warm jazz tones from it, but you've really shown that it can hit the intended target.
     
  6. Dana Olsen

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    Excellent clip Mr. M -

    I played that guitar at NAMM, and I was amazed at how much high end there was, with no icepick highs at all! Of course it plays great.

    Did you use 10's on it? I love your demo tune - wonderful!

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
  7. Phil M

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    Wow, Anthony. That was really cool--sounded great.
     
  8. YoungAmerican

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    That sounds fantastic.

    Mr. Soloway, I think it's positively irresponsible for you to keep making guitars I would trade internal organs for. :D
     
  9. fatback

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    twangalicious! :BEER
     
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    This is going to be bad news for my bank account. :BITCH
     
  11. spikeRI

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    very tele..........wow!!
     
  12. hemlock

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    I just spent a few days with (I think) this guitar and it's amazing. Great low end- very full and round but without losing that growly spanky Tele aggressiveness. Extended upper register without any shrillness gives it a very acousticy feel. Harmonically rich midrange is awesome. I'm usually not a big fan of Teles because I find the bridge to thin and piercing and lots of the neck pickups are too muddy. The Soloway works beautifully in all three positions. In fact there wasn't a real consensus among the players I showed it to which pup position is better. It's an amazingly versatile instrument along with being a great player and simply beautiful. I can see that I'll need one one day. If I had the wherewithal, I'd make sure this one found its way back to me.
     
  13. mprvise

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    Ah, so it was you who I sent the guitar to. Glad it arrived safely. Totally agree with your assessment. I had the guitar for about four days and got to play a gig with it. What a fantastic instrument! I had already decided before trying the T-Swan that my next guitar would likely be another Tele style, but I was thinking more like a Trussart. I've now changed my mind.
     
  14. Thor

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    Great clip!!! And yet another winner from the House of Soloway!

    cheers,

    Edward
     

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