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Thorn Brass Knuckle

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by fishleehooker, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Ron Thorn has done it again. Another forward-thinking- yet familiar design concept: a wraparound bridge crossed with a standard tele bridge.

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    I am not a tele expert, which may be for the best as this is not traditional. It has more balls than a normal tele bridge but it doesn't really sound fatter like a Les Paul. It sounds like a string through PRS bridge made of brass and sitting on a metal tele bridge plate. Not far off from a standard tele bridge though in a way. I modded a guitar with one yet, I have only played the one on the new Thorn GT 83 that Ron sent me. But this bridge really seems to show its stuff on the neck and middle positions as it seems more direct than standard tele bridge. Also middle is a bit more punchy. Intonation is great and I have gotten used to playing it very quickly. It also seems to have some more "smear" on chords that one gets from a wrap bridge making it great for power chording too.
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  2. pedalcr8z

    pedalcr8z Supporting Member

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    Looks great! Does it still have the traditional Tele bridge twang? Does it have the sustain and clarity of a 2 Tek?
     
  3. stark

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    I assume the bar is curved to match the fingerboard?
     
  4. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Yes it twangs for sure. It seems like a more rock version that still twangs. On the 2tek it is very different. It has a ton of clarity but the 2tek, by nature, is its own animal. Hard to compare those two for me.
     
  5. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    "Please, Mr. Gandalf - don't turn me into anything unnatural."

    Usually, people who imagine they can top Leo's Tele are wrong. But this is Ron Thorn. I'd try one.
     
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    That's a cool design
     
  7. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Yes it is. I'll get a picture today.
     
  8. fishleehooker

    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    You'll like it Jon. Its way more Leo than Paul Smith.

    Its funny, I was asking Ron about a different bridge one day, and I was describing something down this road to Ron, so he told me about this new bridge. So far, everyone who plays the guitar really likes it.
     
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    fishleehooker Supporting Member

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    Oh and I do believe that one would be able to switch back to the original saddles if they so choose; they just mount on top of the metal plate.
     
  10. GuitarsFromMars

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    Interesting concepts. I wonder how the bridge pickup sounds...?
     
  11. todd richman

    todd richman Senior Member

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    Great design. That guitar looks amazing too.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I love that. Does it come in different more than one radius?
     
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    Wow!! Moby Dick!!

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  14. fishleehooker

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    The pickup is like a cross between a tele pickup and a p90. Kinda gritty twangy. The bridge itself doesn't seem to color the bridge pickup as much as it does on the neck. On this guitar, all three positions are giving me great luck. Could be guitar. Could be pickups. Could be bridge. Probably all three. I believe the bridge pickup and Brass Knuckle will give a tele a firm, gritty sound. More rock n Blues than standard though still retaining that twang, if not quite as much twang. The Stones woulda been proud of this guitar.
     
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    Not sure if it does. I'll have to find out what I can there.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks. My Teles have 7.5 to 9.5 compound radius boards, so I'm curious.
     
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    Interesting, but your describing P-90's.
    Still, that saddle is a cool complement to P-90's. Great idea. Cool guitar.
     
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    Gonna have to sell off everything and grab a Thorn! Been on my bucketlist of guitar builders for a long time!
     
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    "The pickup is like a cross between a tele pickup and a p90. Kinda gritty twangy."

    Well it isn't a P90 at all. More tele than P90. Like a a tele pickup with some growl and grit a la P90...but it isn't as fat sounding at all. Much more slicing. The difference is big when you play them side by side. But my descriptions may have led you to think P90. Really its more like a robust tele pickup with a hint of growl and grit.
     
  20. big mike

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    I have one of the bridge pickups in my ESP Ronnie Wood. It's flipping fantastic.
     

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