Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by TrickinSid, Aug 22, 2011.
Not for anyone who still has good taste.
Sure, if you insist to shout to the world that you're a snob, playing a Teuffel guitar is the way to go.
They are about 10.000 euro each...
The future of electric guitars is the Les Paul, Tele, Strat, and Superstrat. Same as it ever was.
it's past, present & future, to me.
i own & regularly play & record with 2 teuffel guitars, and have done so for years;
they are truly great working instruments, for me.
mine do not match, and are def not not collector-mounted.
in any case:
while my taste may be "blecccch", i'm no snob.
Would love to add one to my stable ...
But ... too many guitars, never enough money
those guitars look like wooden vomit.
sounds & feels great, live & in studio, though!
the future of the electric guitar is in the hands of those who play w/the future,
the choice-of-guitars nothwithstanding.
They are elegant looking.......but not for me.
Give me a tele...and I'll go.
I've seen you with a beautiful boutique traditional strat-like guitar the last few years.
I guess my point is the tools most guitarists use are extremely traditional, have been the same for about 50 years, and will be about the same 50 years from now (if we last that long).
Like you suggest, what we do with the tools is the important part.
no need to hide;
i also play both my koll tornado & d'pergo custom, in public.
and will stand by my point.....
maybe so; could be.
most of my guitars
--- other than the niwa & the d'pergo ---
are modified to offer me some functionalities not generally offered in designs that are both vintage-oriented & vintage-focussed.
most of my guitars offer (even subtle) design-changes from the classics,
including varieties & levels of incorporation of ergonomic "effect",
in order to help me play what i wanna play.
i love some of the vintage designs & approaches, myself.
i think so.
the guitar designs, themselves, will change,
as the players continue to need change.....
a) i no longer have "good taste" (if ever i had some: lol!), and
b) i insist on telling the world that i'm a snob.....
but, in reality:
i'm happy w/my changing "tastes", & tend never to look down on anyone.....
without really good cause, & the application of my deepest considerations.
Interesting curiousities...and that's probably all they'll be to most of us, at that price-point. They get the award for "most pretentious guitar", in my book.
The thing I see wrong with that picture is that that is NOT a picture of a rock band, it is a picture of the self parody that rock has become.
i think they are very cool guitars.
wish i could afford one, alas....but no worries....
i sort of wish he'd put the noise switches of the tesla into the niwa.
that would be cool!
still i wouldn't be able to afford it. ha!
as for the future of guitars....hmmmm, no idea....but i like the teuffels for sure....
the guitar, itself, isn't pretentious;
how can a guitar be pretentious?
that's just kinda..... silly, imo.
the fact that so many of mr. teuffel's customers seek & request these kinds of "groupings" (for their collections)
does not in any way remove any of the real beauty from the playability, functionality & sounds of his instruments.....
adventurous builders of costly guitars often see fit to fulfill the needs of that segment of their paying customers
who happen to love what they see as "objets d'art", in one way or another,
and who often create "collections" of such things.
the builder needs to make a living.
most are not born fabulously wealthy;
building custom tools, building custom parts,
choosing select materials in very small batches,
and generally building guitars that require much time & labor for each individual instrument all add up.
that's the way it is --- & not just for mr. teuffel, in my experience.
in any case,
my "pretentious" teuffel guitar travels around the world w/me in a gig-bag,
doing its job in so many ways that satisfy me (& my employers, usually),
it gets its ass utterly well-kicked, in the offing.
While in most hobbies, new is good, in the world of guitar, old is king.
I think the future is people buying up all the used gear around. With access to the Internet, why buy new?
Well, I guess you can say Metallica is a self-parody these days, but hey, from HC:
Kirk Hammett: Teuffel Birdfish
In terms of guitar preferences, Kirk Hammett is perhaps most commonly associated with ESP super-strats decorated in the style of vintage horror movie posters. However, Metallica’s famed lead guitarist has had a couple of flirtations with some altogether more outlandish styles of axe in the latter part of the band’s thirty year history. Take, for example, 1996’s “Poor Touring Me” world tour, where Kirk could often be seen during the encore wielding a see through, Perspex lava lamp Telecaster (called a Wavecaster and manufactured as a one off by ESP).
On the thrash legends’ recent World Magnetic tour, Hammett upped the ante even further, utilising a pair of guitars designed by German manufacturer Ulrich Tueffel. Teuffel’s six-strings are famed in some circles for their peculiar, streamlined ergonomics and utilisation of uncommon pickup placements for interesting tonal configurations. They’ve found favour with ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons, as well as composer Hans Zimmer. They also look a bit, well... weird... especially the Birdfish with which Hammett has been sighted. Teuffel says that his intention was “to build a guitar which is constructed so that the fundamental elements... with “the tonewoods and the pickups put together in a modular fashion.” What this equates to design wise is an instrument that, but for two tubes above the neck, lacks any form of body. It might look a bit kooky, but with Guitarist magazine having called it one of the most important guitars of the 20th century, the Birdfish has clearly got some chops.
Edit - looks like he likes the Tesla too: