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"Is this my number one guitar? You know it's like asking me to choose between chldren, but I would say this is like 1.5. I would have to say that the Eric Johnson is my number one. Because of the Acousti-Phonic piezo pickup in it I'm able to do the acoustic in it - it has a little more versatility to it. And so I end up having to play the [Eric Johnson] in certain songs where I can't really play this one. With songs I play, every night it's kind of been changing since I only got this guitar three months ago. I've been figuring out which songs it sounds better on. I really like this one on 'Teenage Sounds,' I actually really like it on every song. But I would say that with the other I play 'Everybody Talks,' 'Lessons in Love' because it's got a little more grit to it with the Eric Johnson, and everything else is just kind of 50/50. It just depends on the night I'll switch up. This guy I had custom made. What's cool about this and sentimental about it is that I used to play with this bassist like in high school and he worked for Fender at the time. That was like fourteen years ago or something. I decided to look him up and see if he was still working there. He's actually a master builder there now. So I hit up our rep at Fender and asked if we could have him build me something. I heard from him a little later on Facebook and he said he'd love to build something for me. This one I'd been thinking out for about a year and a half, just like every feature on it I wanted to have on a guitar. Some of the things I took from the Eric Johnson, like the quarter sawn neck. I wanted to have the same feel, the same profile to it. And then it's got like a Fender Twelve-String headstock on it but with only the six strings on it. That kind of looks cool. I feel like the design down here kind of really goes well with the Jazzmaster body. It's got a '63 new original stock Telecaster bridge pickup, Jazzmaster neck pickup, and this is all Telecaster hardware. Then I designed the shape of the plate, it's a single-ply pickguard. I liked it simple and wanted it simple. I definitely wanted it to have a pickguard but I didn't want it to be all over the place. I figured that the more wood, the better. I didn't want that covering up the wood. I know that it doesn't affect the resonance all that much, having a bigger pickguard. I just wanted it real simple so I did the one-ply and I just did this tiny shape."more
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