Walsh ‘Telepath’: Custom Telecaster Style Guitar

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“The Fender Telecaster, colloquially known as the Tele /ˈtɛli/, is the world’s first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar. Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music.” Wikipedia

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This is not a Fender Tele. This is a Walsh ‘Telepath’ custom ‘tele style’ solid body two-pickup electric built by local Rocklin luthier Forrest Walsh. The butcher block method was inspired by surfboard construction according to Forrest and was his eighth build.

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Originally called the Broadcaster, legal action from the Gretsch company over their existing ‘Broadkaster’ drums forced Fender to rename it: Telecaster, a stroke of luck for Fender.

The builder of this ‘butcher block’ Tele says he bought bridge, tuners (Gotoh style 14:1), and pickups at guitarfetish.com/.

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Here’s Forrest on the guitar’s neck:

“The neck is pre-built from KMise. I buy their stuff on EBay. I’ve used them in several builds and have only had to send one neck back. When I get the necks I sand off the factory finish and refinish with Behlen’s Stringed Instrument Lacquer.”

 

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“I also do a fret level and dressing. The frets are in place but are pretty sharp along the edges and are never level. But I had the same problem with a Warmoth and a couple of Fender-licensed Mighty Mite necks so I think that’s just part of what you have to expect when you buy them. Not a big deal to level and dress. I put on a movie and go to work.”

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“The volume/tone pots are CTS and the switch is a GuitarFetish 3-way. The capacitor is a polyester “gum drop”. The pickup and electronic cavities are all shielded with copper foil. Doesn’t completely eliminate the hum in the single coil pickups but does help.”

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This Tele-style guitar possesses the bright, clear, twanging tones of the original Fender Telecaster. Leo Fender’s outfit never built a Tele like this one though. Thanks Mr. Walsh.

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