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Teye and a Marshall

rockabilly69

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Here's a song that I wrote last night where you can hear the tone that this combo is giving up...



It's about the the time of the year that I start writing songs for my upcoming season gigs, and this year I will be doing some electric band stuff with my new band Vorraro, so I've been writing on electric guitar.

I've been really getting into playing Teye guitars, and my favorite is my La Perla, an outrageously over the top rock and roll guitar

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And I've been plugging it straight into a Marshall JMP 2204 clone made by my buddy, and partner in crime bandmate, Ryan Hawthorn (Hawthorn Electric Arts), and this amp is just giving up the goods, with great clean and distortion tones, and great chime on the chords. Mojotone built the matching speaker cabinet, and I loaded it with a 12" Creamback Alnico speaker which can handle all the power this amp puts out (2 EL34s)!

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Bet that makes Ronnie Wood just grin from ear to ear.
Me too.
Well that would make me happy if he liked it ! He's the guy that got me into Zemaitis, and the slightly more hand built Teye guitars. The Faces were the first band that hit me where I needed to be hit!
 
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Do you have some finished tunes- drums, bass, keys?
 

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Do you have some finished tunes- drums, bass, keys?
Not yet, as we just started this new band (I play solo for a living). We started the beand "Vorraro" in December so we had to rehearse for three upcoming shows. So no time really to get in the studio, but that's coming soon. Here's some clips from our second show...


 

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As you know I had a bad experience with them.

I had a Gypsy Queen (Loved the guitar!) but the finish was pure crap for the money.

I will now try them again with another Gypsy Queen.

You love them so much I feel I have to do it. I guess I am a sucker. Hope he got it together.

The SOUND was fantastic. Strat type, reversed neck and over the top.

If I like it and they got it together it's your fault my wife will probably divorce me Daniel...
 

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As you know I had a bad experience with them.

I had a Gypsy Queen (Loved the guitar!) but the finish was pure crap for the money.

I will now try them again with another Gypsy Queen.

You love them so much I feel I have to do it. I guess I am a sucker. Hope he got it together.

The SOUND was fantastic. Strat type, reversed neck and over the top.

If I like it and they got it together it's your fault my wife will probably divorce me Daniel...
Te ones coming out of the Nashville Shop seem to have less finish issues. As for the rest of the guitars, two things that I love are, 1.75 nut width (I do a lot of fingerstyle playing), and the mood/mojo knob which I'm always using. I've never played the Gypsy Queen so I don't know how they work withe single coils but I imagine they would be great. If you get a divorce you can sleep on my couch (for a few weeks anyway).
 

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I just picked up a La India Azteca .. like my LP took peyote !View attachment 26301View attachment 26302
I like that model. So how do you like the 1.75" nut width? And how are you getting along with the electronics? Looks like an older model as the MOOD knob is the first variation of the HP filter thing Teye has done (personally I like the Mood as it's a bit more subtle than the MOJO on later guitars). I also like position 2 (from the bottom up). I like blending the cut coil neck with the full bridge!


2-Humbucker guitars:

  • Switch position 5 (up) – Neck pick-up
  • 4 – Neck and Bridge pickup out-of-phase (the ‘Peter Green’ sound)
  • 3 (middle) – Neck and Bridge pickups normal
  • 2 – Bridge pickup plus tapped Neck pickup
  • 1 (down) – Bridge pickup
 

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No problem , but then I have classical and an old dobro as well as my 55 LP all with substantial necks .
I like his pickup choices , reminds me of PRS in a way .. My fave for all my instruments capable is split neck and full bridge ,
like Garcia ...
 

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I actually love the 1.75" nut width, it's easier to play fingerstyle (and I have National reso artist deal and play four Nationals regularly)! As for sounding anything like a PRS I don't get that. I've owned a few top tier PRS guitars and I still own an early 1988 PRS Custom 22 (modified with Wolftone DrVintage/Marshallhead pickup set). I got the custom sounding alright, but I have never gotten on with the feel of any PRS guitar, I have a problem with the fret size, and the way they crown them, and have never liked any of their pickup sets. On the other hand, I love the Lollars that are in my Teye La Perla, and the Seymour Duncan Jazz set that I have in my Teye Fox. That said, I really like the sound the David Grissom gets out of his PRS (and his PRS amps). And I like what John Mayer gets out of his guitars. So I'm not against them, they are just not for me.
 

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There is an instrument out there for everyone, if not off the rack there are SO many great small luthiers out there you can have EXACTLY what you dream .
 

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She arrived yesterday , a very cool and quirky instrument , nails the Stones/ Neil Young vibe with ease
 

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I'm glad to hear it made safely to you. I thought you already had it that's why I asked earlier about the feel of the 1.75" nut width. Because with the way that Teye shapes his necks and that nut width, I think that they have a distinct feel. And I love the luthier oil finish. It gives them a handbuilt feel that I love. I own a lot of really nice guitars but my absolute favorite is my Teye La Perla. And it is far from perfect. There's actually drips in the finish in the back of the headstock, and I could care less.

And yes can get the Stones Neil Young thing pretty easy with these. If you want the Keith Tele humbucker Rhythm you just slap it into position 5 and roll back the mood knob a bit to clean up the low end. On the three pickup models there a position that nails the MIck Taylor lead tones from their golden era when he used to play Gibsons through Ampegs. It's a really cool nasal tone that cuts.

But to me. the Stones never really brought out the Zemaitis tones (Teye guitars are the closest things to the original Zemaitis guitars) like the Faces did when Ron Wood was the sole guitarist, and when he really shined. And it's that tone that got me into these guitars...

Faces...

And James Honeymoon Scott got some cool tones with his....

Pretenders...
 
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The neck plays like an old friend , a very broken in 335 The controls take a bit of time to grok , but it has some very cool ones in there. Great for slide.
 

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The neck plays like an old friend , a very broken in 335 The controls take a bit of time to grok , but it has some very cool ones in there. Great for slide.
Well since you love split neck tones, you've got that on position 2 (along with the full bridge hummer), but as you get used to driving those controls, you'll find that a little bit of the mood knob is better than a fully split neck pickup. Have fun with it.
 
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