Teuffel Question for Splatt

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by drezdin, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. drezdin

    drezdin Member

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    Your pic made me wonder... what are your thoughts Niwa since you've had it for a while?

    Any other Niwa owners?
    Would love to hear your thoughts as well.
     
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  2. drezdin

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    UliM Silver Supporting Member

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    Splatt no longer is a member of this forum - so you won't get an answer from him. Unfortunately, I can only tell you about Teuffel teslas - I own two of them and they're both amazing!!!!!

    If you can afford it, go for a Teuffel!

    cheers,
    Uli
     
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    my body.
    i've been volleying emails with uli t over the course of the past few weeks. i played torn's niwa and it was mind blowing. ergonomic and resonant.
     
  6. drezdin

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    very cool!

    couple questions for you..if you don't mind
    What were the pickups like?

    If you're considering one...care to share any specs/details?
     
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    smalahove Member

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    I've always been drawn to these amazing looking guitars - and their concept. I've mailed Ulrich previously and he has been very curtious and service-minded. Kudos!
    One thing is preventing me from taking the plunge though ... the guitars have a very wide nut: 43.4 mm (1.71 inches) at the nut ... and I'm pretty adamant about my 1,65 necks ... :-(
     
  8. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    sorry, a bit slow on the up-take, here, still.....
    i hope this helps, but i have only great + good things to say about the niwa.....

    as i suspected it would:
    the niwa, while clearly the most conservative of ulli's offerings
    (being based-upon the "strat"-paradigm, to some large degree),
    has become my favorite Teuffel guitar, to date;
    i've found it to be the most broadly contextually applicable,
    that is, each Teuffel model being different,
    & each all good (for me) in their own quite special ways.....

    hard to describe, but.....
    the instrument is the most "woody" of my Teuffels,
    very dynamically capable, very responsive & springy,
    mechanically speaking.

    the new pickups, as well, are my fave of these guitars':
    gorgeous open & bell-like tones, with plenty enough low-end
    & mid-range push to satisfy;
    i do find the bridge pickup, when utilised as a HB,
    to be a bit on the "dry"-side (in direct relation to the SC's), but.....
    it's still humanely (ie, vintagistically, as are the SC's) warm, punchy as heck
    & eminently capable of easily delivering on
    my own over-abundant use of false harmonics.

    as usual, the detail work & feel are impeccable.
    the bridge & tuners on the niwa
    are not built by ulli (but are truly spec'ed by him),
    and work --- again --- impeccably effectively.....
    .... and the string-response & tone (vis a vis, the bridge)
    are just right.

    amongst other unique teuffel-isms,
    the niwa is using a very forgiving truss-rod system;
    it is a perfect instrument for travelling through a variety of
    weather / atmospheric conditions, as it's so easy to adjust
    neck relief..... perfect for me, who bangs around the globe a bit.

    i really love this instrument;
    i couldn't have "better" guitars, only very different ones.

    for reference sake, fwiw:

    i'm currently truly down to three regular, working 6-string electrics:
    my d'pergo avcl (which is insanely brilliant, even unbelievable),
    this fastidiously remarkable niwa, &
    my original koll tornado.

    (yeah, i love my custom tesla, too, and have a speciall attachment/affinity for it --- but, it's currently placed in residence,
    chéz kenji rosser).

    dt / spltrcl
     
  9. drezdin

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    thank you for the thoughtful and thorough response.
    it is very nice to have you back here
     
  10. smalahove

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    David, I was wondering your feelings about the nut width; esp. how do you compare it to the std. 1,65 vintage width?

    Thanks!
     
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    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    well..... i like the way the instrument feels, a lot,
    my miniature hands notwithstanding.
    and,
    i'm pretty sure that my niwa's nut-width is more like 1,6875, fwiw.

    this is not an instrument meant to duplicate/replace vintage fenders,
    methinks.

    dt / spltrcl
     
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    Thanks david :)
    I'm not into vintage guitar but narrow neck :-D
    I'll have to find a way to visit Ulrich at his workshop ...
     
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    Ulrich is very open to custom work.
    He even did a nine string custom XXL tesla.
    If you think you`ll need a narrow neck, he'll make you one if it is possible.
    You might have to throw in some extra bucks for the work.
     
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    Thanks for the info/tip, dr. morton.
    I'm gas'ing for a niwa but that kind of money ... it must fit like a glove :)

    Btw. I bought a Fender Japan Kotzen tele; superb guitar but a tad too wide and that's something I can't "work" my around unfortunately ...
     
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    As I said, try him.
    I had some custom wishes for my coming tesla as well and he would have made them all possible (although one wish turned out to be too pricey).
     
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    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    It's pretty easy to change the neck on a Fender if that's the only thing that prevents the guitar from "fitting like a glove."
     
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    Prefer to try to sell it first - resale value and all ...
    And then invest in a Suhr :)
     
  18. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    interesting concept!
    dt / spltrcl
     
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    Well, the Kotzen tele is quite popular as-is, and changing neck on a well-sounding and playing guitar often results in the opposite, and most def. lowers resale-value.
     
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    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    That's why you put the original neck back on before you sell it. :AOK
     

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