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Going Electric: Macmull T-Classic & 1966 Fender Telecaster

In this weeks Going Electric feature, we sat down with a pair of very exciting instruments to find out how the Macmull T-Classic held up next to it's vintage predecessor! 

Joining me on the sofa was UK Session legend Tim Steer, who, as no stranger to a great T-Style guitar, had some informed and valuable insight on what makes a great T so versatile and important an instrument to have in your arsenal. 

Given Macmulls lengthy and highly detailed research and development period analysing vintage instruments, it was no surprise at all that the T-Classic brought a wealth of inspiring and undeniably accurate tonal characteristics and feel to match its video companion. 

Theres an intrinsic draw and 'cool-factor' to a great vintage instrument, and our '66 Telecaster has those essential flavours in spades. Although the spec between the two instruments is varied, the iconic twang and spank is certainly mutual with the Macmull doing a remarkable job of imparting a similarly lively and somewhat magical personality.

Check out the video below;

Here's a little more info on these sensational T-Style instruments;

Macmull T-Classic Electric Guitar, Black - £3,450

This killer Macmull T-Classic is a truly authentic feeling and sounding iteration of one of the 1950s greatest offerings to popular music. 
Handmade in Israel by a trio of diehard vintage tone chasers these guitars set out to capture the pure vintage tone and feel of those great old instruments, while maintaining a consistency and reliability of a modern built guitar.
 
This all starts with the body wood. At Macmull the idea goes that lighter wood sounds better, with a sharper attack and greater resonance to get a foot in the doorway of the vintage ballpark. 
This particular guitar features a lightweight, kiln-dried two-piece Alder body which brings with it a punchy and dry tone with resonance and sustain to match, which is of course then sprayed with a lovely black nitrocellulose lacquer. 
The next port of call is of course the neck, which on this guitar is made up of one piece of premium straight grained maple. With an exceptionally comfortable Oval 'C' shape the guitar is a pleasure to play and very fast in part due to the ageing on the back of the neck freeing you from sticking to the lacquer. 
The pickups in the guitar are a specially voiced blend of alnico 2 and 5 magnets made to perfectly emulate the classic twangy, hollow tone of vintage T-type guitars. 
The guitar comes with a Custom Hardcase and Macmull branded leather strap.
  • Body - two-piece alder body
  • Neck - Premium one-piece maple neck
  • Neck Profile - Oval 'C' 60s neck profile
  • Frets - 21 Frets (Dunlop 6105)
  • Inlays - Black Dot fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius - 9.5"
  • Scale Length - 648 mm
  • Pickups - 2 Macmull T-Classic single coils
  • Pots - CTS 250 K Potentiometers - 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • Caps - Emerson Paper in Oil .47uF capacitors
  • Tuners - Gotoh Vintage Style machine heads with white buttons
  • Finish - Black Nitrocellulose 
  • Extras - Hiscox case and Macmull leather strap

Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 1966, White - Pre-Owned - £SOLD

The gorgeous Telecaster from the early days of CBS Fender ownership brings together a host of the characteristics that make these instruments such phenomenal workhorses. 

Between the two single-coil pickups you have a wide range of tones, with everything from the iconic tele spank and chime in the bridge through to a gloriously smooth and rich tone in the neck pickup that works wonders on a clean tone and provides a huge, punchy feel with the amp cranked up. 
The finish across the instrument has developed a stunning patina over the years, and with the four-bolt neck, transition era logo and outstanding playability all round, it's a hard guitar to put down! 
The guitar still has its original hardcase, which over time has become a true rock'n'roll relic. 
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Original Hardcase
  • Ashtray Bridge 
  • 3-ply Pickguard
  • Pearl Dot Inlays 
  • Two Single-Coil Pickups 

For any more information, or to just chat about these gorgeous guitars, don't hesitate to get in touch at hello@thenorthamericanguitar.com or call in on 0207 835 5597.

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