I hope you’re having a great weekend. Apologies for the cheesy title, but summer truly is here, for “Summer” is the name I have given to my brand new custom T-Type from Eternal Guitars & Hot Rod Pickups.
Once again, this amazing instrument was lovingly handcrafted by Dave Walsh in Chichester, UK. Summer is my fifth bespoke build by Dave and she comes in the form of a traditional T-Type with a modern twist.
So, give us the spec (I pretend to hear you ask). I’m always looking for an opportunity to geek out about guitars, so let’s begin with the woods: The body is ash and the neck is one-piece maple. In the hardware department, we have a set of Gotoh locking tuners, chrome knobs and plates and a 50s style ash tray bridge. The saddles are Graph Tech Stringsaver graphite saddles (being a regular string-breaker, I have these installed on all of my electric guitars) and we top it all off with a set of Schaller strap lock buttons.
The pickups are a custom wound pair of single coils that I have named “T-Dogs” and will soon be available as my very own signature set. I’m extremely pleased with the T-Dogs. The bridge pickup packs all the punch of a P90, almost crossing over to humbucker territory on higher gain settings and the neck pickup is smooth and glassy. The switching is standard 3-way and the middle position provides all the country ‘quack’ a growing boy needs.
As is tradition with the guitars Dave has built for me, we’ve gone for an aged look with a rather fetching translucent surf green finish.
Aesthetically, we essentially have a 50s/60s vibe, but with some Strat-like contours, such as a tummy cut, arm contour and a sculpted heel for easier upper fret access. The neck is a comfortable C shape with a compound radius, so although her looks are vintage, Summer’s playability is ultra-modern.
Check out the video of this fantastic guitar. I cannot praise Eternal Guitars and Hot Rod Pickups highly enough. If you’re on the lookout for a custom build or the finest in hand wound pickups, contact Eternal Guitars.
Until next time, happy guitar bothering!