Built primarily to showcase our new “Broadcaster” style early ‘50s inspired single coil bridge pickup, “Gianna” uses the same basic chassis as our best selling “PAF Replica T-Type” guitars.
The combination of a lightweight build, solid hardware and our open sounding, transparent pickups create a unique tone - both resonant and focussed that really allows the player to find their own voice and to craft truly musical tones.
Again we used super lightweight Obeche for the body, a one-piece soft 'V' shaped neck profile with a vintage radius but with jumbo (6100) sized fretwire for an “enhanced vintage” playing feel. Our original versions leaned heavily on the early/mid ‘50s vibe and aesthetic, so we’ve gone back to the start here with a solid black nitro finish on the body, and a worn-lacquer maple neck finish.
A hand-cut bone nut with Kluson/Gotoh hardware - including a three-brass compensated saddle bridge with through body stringing for maximum TONE and split-post tuners with “Butterbean” plastic buttons.
Although a one-ply white pickguard would have been more “correct” for an early ‘50s vibe, I went with a three-ply mint guard as it was a lot sturdier for mounting a humbucker and it also looked fantastic!
The juice comes from one of our aged, nickel covered PAF Replicas in the neck and being a low output, non-potted humbucker it pairs beautifully with our recreation of one of the earlier Tele bridge pickups.
Before the Tele became the twang-beast that we all know and love, the earlier versions used a slightly thicker and beefier sounding single coil (possibly in an attempt to emulate the good old P90 that Gibson had been using for many years prior) that found its way on to the Tele when it was still called the Broadcaster - this was around 1951 and the name was famously changed shortly after once Gretsch copped the hump about the similarities to their “Broadkaster” drum kit name. There was short period of no name (or Nocasters) before the Telecaster was officially christened.
The crucial difference to the later pickups is a fatter and warmer tone with a noticeably snub-nosed top end that lacks the shrill brittleness of many later variants.
On “Gianna” this pickup combination is channeled through our usual CTS, CRL and Switchcraft electronic components and makes for a very versatile, tone-packed, simple instrument, perfect for all styles of music.
Model: Eternal “Gianna” T-Type
Body: Solid Obeche
Neck: One-piece maple
Neck profile: Soft V
Neck dimensions: 23mm deep at 1st fret to 24.3mm deep at 12th
Fret size: 6100
Number of frets: 21
Nut width: 41.8mm
Finish: All nitrocellulose, aged black on body with tinted lacquer on neck
Plastics: Three-ply aged mint green pick guard
Bridge: Ashtray with three brass compensated saddles
Tuners: Kluson vintage repro with plastic “Butterbean” buttons
Pickups: Eternal hand wound “PAF Replica” in neck with “Broadcaster” single coil in bridge position
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