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At 3:45 of this "Rig Rundown" with *Premier Guitar*, Rush's Alex Lifeson's tech Scott Appleton shows us this Telecaster which he mentions is Alex's main writing instrument.
the telecaster ! love it !
I have a staggered pickup in mine. Made from swamp ash, very light. A bit different from other tele's, doesn't really "Twang" much.
old 50s teles really run the gamut from gentle twang to almost les paul jr type sounds... it was really the early stagger pickups in the late 50s teles that brought the twang in a serious way.... all of those old fender pickup variations are killer... I have a broadcaster style flat pole that's hot and thick in one of my teles and the other one has a really underwound early stagger that twangs and chimes really well in that alder body... the alder, steel saddle and staggered bridge pickup combo brings maximu country twang.... the early specs are definitely rounder and sound more "rock"
Beautiful creamy, warm tone. Love the "twang."
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