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Tom Anderson T Classic Contoured

OMG Teles are HOT in the marketplace and THIS is SO additive to any Tele lover’s collection.  First off, the color is super cool.  In some lights it seems sort of solid and dark….put it in other lights and you get that vintage mustang cherry candle apple thing going on…you want to take a bite out of it because it looks edible.  And you won’t mind because this instrument is SUPER clean (SEE THE 3rd PICTURE FOR A SPEC/CONDITION SHEET).

The pickups are THE perfect match between single and humbucker.  They don’t hum like a single but they are not dark and overpowering of low powered amps like many hums.  The 5-way switch (with KICKBACK SWITCH) REALLY HELPS you dial in unique tones from this monster.

The weight is a perfect 7lbs.  The Neck is a great Even Taper C .86″ – .935″.  Swamp Ash Body.  1-piece Hard Rock Maple Neck w 1-5/8″ Width & Medium Frets.

If you love playing Teles and want to expand your horizons…thiS is for you. If you are a hum guy but want to transition into Teles…THIS is for you.

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Detemple Tele : MY PERSONAL GUITAR

Most people know that PrimeGuitars is a web based store specializing in the hardest to find boutique guitars/amps.  Been in business 11 years.  Sold over 50 Detemples and 50 D’Pergos.   I am pretty confident that I know a great guitar.

This 2007 Detemple was MY personal tele for many many years.  I only had ONE tele and THIS was it.  I could have kept anything that passed through my store.  Why this one?    For me this particular tele had something that none of the others did.  Overtones combines with a plunkiness (think like a kick drum in a guitar note) that I just found so intoxicating.   Each note just punches through the amp then rings on.  This is not an overpowering guitar.  It is not nasty ‘nail spitting’ raspy.  It is musical and beautiful.   It PUSHES effects perfectly but does not in and of itself rasp out your tone.

The instrument has lived in a nonsmoking home studio for its entire life.  That being said, it has wear on it.  Definitely natural relic.  It is at the point where it is COOL and not overdone…and what I like is it isn’t just one nick that destroys perfection. It is honest loving wear that is on the guitar.

YOU CAN SEE A COMPLETE RUNDOWN OF SPECS & CONDITION IN THE 3RD PICTURE.

Of course this comes with the original case.  The neck is a WONDERFUL soft V and man I just love it.  The notes just vibrate on Detemples and this is no exception.   Also, this is a pretty unique trans-white.  I happen to LOVE the color.  Also, the neck is probably the flamiest I’ve seen on a detemple.  This is truly a special piece.

I have priced it extremely fairly given the wear. 

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Tom Anderson ATOM – Unique Finish!

2006 Tom Anderson ATOM in what I believe might just be their coolest color to date.  This is finished in SHEER GOLD which is like a natural finish with a slight gold sparkle overlay.  Even the back of the guitar has a subtle sparkle in the right lights.  Very fresh indeed!  This guitar is from a Nonsmoking Environment and features its Original Hardshell Case.

I grade it as Excellent and you can see the 3rd picture for complete specs & a detailed condition.

Some features include:

  • 03-08-06P Build Date
  • Flame Maple Top & Mahogany Back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 1-11/16″ Width
  • 12″ Radius
  • Indian Rosewood Board
  • M1/M1/H2 Pickups
  • 5 way with coil split
  • Just 7lb-03oz.
  • Heavy Frets
  • Comes with matching Tom Anderson Strap (tan)
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Detemple ’52 Tele : Hall-of-Fame Tone on THIS Guitar

So years ago I got a set of Detemple Twins in….and they were both the best fattest fullest balanced DTs I’d had.  Sadly they both sold….even sadder to different buyers.  I am lucky that years later, one player (this guitar’s former owner) moved into stricktly humbucking instruments and traded it back.

Not sure what it is about this guitar but the tone on it is just as good as I’ve heard on a Detemple (and you know I’ve had 50+ of them).  The neck is FAT at .957″-1.00″….but it’s a Soft V so it makes it SO much more manageable.

This has acquired just a few dings and contact light surface hairline swirls.  Overall extremely clean but I have outlined the condition in more details in the Spec/Condition Sheet (FIND IT IN THE PICTURES).

The early DTs are considered by many to be his Golden Years because Mike alone was making them.  This particular one stands the test of time.  YES there are others that LOOK like this…but there is only ONE ’52 JONES tonally.  Again, I have spoken.

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2015 Brua Phantom Pharaon – Gold Leaf

Pierrick Brua is a master luthier from France who has been building droolworthy instruments since 1993.  So skilled is Mr Brua that in 2007 he won the highly coveted “Meleur Ouvrier de France” Award bestowed upon the finest craftsman in France.   A graduate of the Roberto Venn School in Phoenix, Mr Brua makes fine Archtops, Acoustics and electrics.   These instruments are typically 1-off works of art that are rarely available on the primary or secondary markets.

I was lucky to acquire this 2015 custom Phantom Pharaon that was finished in a labor intensive GOLD FLAKE.  Visually it looks like tiny sheets of gold are layed upon each other and a thin finish placed over top to preserve the look.  The components on this piece are ‘spare no expense’ varities.  For example, Mr Brua had Benedetti wind custom pickups for this instrument.  The Gotoh trem has a custom designed hydraulic spring system that allows smooth flowing bends.  The neck has scalloped upper frets to allow ease of playability and sustain where many guitars typically fart out.

SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURES FOR A SPEC/CONDITION/FEATURE SHEET

Mr Brua uses CTS Pots for his instruments. The guitar is housed in a custom form fit flight case.  From a wear standpoint, there are very minor things outlined in the Spec Sheet (see the pictures).

If you are done with the run of the mill and want something that you can admire and enjoy for a lifetime, this is worthy of consideration.

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Detemple ’52 Tele : Zsa Zsa Black !

VERY early Detemple Tele from 2005 here.  These early guitars are coveted because they were made by Mike himself as he got off the ground.  This one is an Ash body with a Flame Maple Neck.  1-11/16″ Width and 7.25″ Radius.  Nice full V neck profile to die for!  Sweet Spot pickups and of course the original hardshell case.

I acquired this guitar AND it’s twin (Strat) many years ago from the original owner.  Both were weather checked during transit (due to thin nitro).  I had me a bright ideeeaaaa….I sent them to Mike and had him refinish them both in his famed Zsa Zsa black (named after his beloved cat).  This black finish is extremely rare because it’s so hard to apply.  This was the first Zsa Zsa black tele.  There was no structural issues just a color change.  Since the change the guitar actually sounded better to my ears (fuller)…not sure why.

See all the specs and condition in the attached sheet.  Happy to help you identify if this guitar is tonally what you’re looking for vs. the dozens of other DTs I’ve had.

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