Meet “Chloe” the lovely Candy Apple Red late ‘60s inspired T-Type.
I needed a guitar to showcase my wonderful “Eternal ’68 Special” bridge pickup, so I decided to build something that had the correct aesthetic, but that retained my usual tweaks for tone and playability. The body is lightweight obeche that I really love for its open airy voice, mated to an era correct two-piece maple neck. I went with a vintage-correct 7.25” radius but used beefier 6100 size frets to aid bending, note definition and feel.
Tuners are Schaller’s excellent late ’60s/early ‘70s replicas, and the bridge is a Kluson plate with steel grooved saddles. The electronics are my usual top-notch CTS brass collar pots, with a CRL 3-way and Switchcraft output jack. The bridge pickup is the aforementioned ’68 Special (my own slightly meatier version of a pickup from that era that tames the icepick attack so common on the originals) that pairs so beautifully well with a neck P90 style pickup - in this case my own V90 unit.
Model: “Chloe” T-Type
Body: Solid obeche
Neck: Maple with maple fingerboard and black position dots on face and side
Neck profile: Beefy C-shape
Neck dimensions: 22mm deep at 1st fret to 25mm deep at 12th
Fingerboard radius: 7.25”
Fret size: 6100
Number of frets: 21
Nut width: 41.5mm
Finish: All nitrocellulose, lightly aged Candy Apple Red on body with tinted lacquer on neck and fingerboard
Plastics: Three ply aged parchment pickguard
Bridge: Ashtray with three grooved steel saddles
Tuners: Schaller late ‘60s vintage repro
Pickups: Eternal hand wound ’68 Special Bridge pickup with a V90 in neck
Electronics: CTS Brass collar 250k volume and tone pots with an Orange Drop capacitor, a CRL three-way selector switch, cloth covered hook-up wire and a Switchcraft output jack socket.
Nut: Handcut bone
Strings: Ernie Ball Slinky 10-46
Case: Vintage style tweed hardcase included