Saturday, February 25, 2006

THL Performer

This one was made for a friend who had to cancel his order due to some pretty tragic unforseen circumstances, and it's just hung around the shop ever since. The lousy picture to the right doesn't do it justice - it's alot prettier than it appears here. This one has turned out to be extremely versatile as a recording/performing guitar. It's hollow mahogany with a AAAAA flame maple top and an eastern flame maple neck with a gorgeous bois de rose fretboard with clay dot inlays. The neck is my "modern" profile. The original order called for a mahogany neck with a ebony fretboard, but when the order fell through I used that one for another guitar, and found that the maple neck brightened it up so that it really cuts through the mix. The pickups are Tom Anderson humbuckers, and these can be blended with the installed acoustic bridge pickup, using custom electronics. The Anderson pickups have a really distinct sound. When in humbucking mode, they are fat and bold, but don't sound much like the classic PAF that most humbuckers are going after. When in single-coil mode (often referred to as "coil-tapped"), they sound very Strat-like - something rarely achieved when splitting a traditional humbucker. This combination came together so nicely that it got it's own model distinction - "Performer".