"Mutt" Tribute T-Type
We built this version of Bruce Springsteen’s famous and heavily used “Mutt” guitar for Sam who is currently playing ‘The Boss’ in the excellent ‘Sound of Springsteen’ touring show.
Sam didn’t need or want an absolute clone (which would have been fun to do) but what he needed was a solid and reliable workhorse for the shows that had some of the vibe but more importantly, felt and sounded right.
We based on a blonde finish ‘50s style T-Type that was here in the workshop and used a vintage correct 7.25” radius with medium/jumbo frets, and a lightweight. one-piece ash body. The finish is all nitro and worn to resemble ‘Mutt’ with a lacquered bakelite pickguard and aged chrome hardware.
A set of our “Timeless ’52” pickups provide the juice and we did debate whether to remove the cover from the neck pickup as on the original, but Sam decided that he’d prefer to go with one for now and possibly remove it later if desired. The pots were wired to give improved interaction between volume and tone controls using essentially a tweaked ‘50s Les Paul Junior wiring that worked perfectly.
The original ‘Mutt’ has seen an incredible amount of use and modifications over the years including modern locking tuners. We didn’t feel that they were necessary here, but we did use a set of solid modern Gotoh tuners to aid stability. Similarly, Sam preferred the sound of the vintage-style three-brass saddle bridge over Mutt's six-saddle version - it could always be changed later if intonation was an issue.