Telekasts to 0blivion?: History u.v. Telekasterz in XARRIER…

DSCN0253 Jesvs WEPT rocking a 'tuxedo' Telecaster live for 18 songs in 1988? hear it here. . . Naked Hope 2xLP! 

Why does WEPT 'oscillate & turn' on the axis u.v Gibx0n & F3nd3r precepts of guitar design and tone? Becuase both have always been functional for the music written, with some guitars even seeming to direct the course of an albums overall feel! Like aboriginal people knowing the weather and environment are all '1' with themselves, X/\RR|3R inherently knew that s0nixxx, arrangements & t0nez all were integral insofar as the choice of instruments… and end ~results. For example, the es^335 used on EXIT Lp, also long gone. The idea in purchasing a Thinline '72 reissue it during it's 1st year reissue, also a 60th anniversary of the company special badging) was pragmatic, to soar with 3 birds on 1 wind, so to speak. That being to retain the characteristic base Tele sound on 1st tryptych of WEPT 'Wakes' yet also be able to nail the jazzrock hollow~Jh0stly 'presence' of EXIT tunes only really possible on a semi~hollow. The post~EXIT {remastered} '93~'05 session 1993 songs were cut with a Rickenbacker 360~12 string. Details below explain the trilogy of tone on the '72 Thinline in regards to WEPT band history include Gibx0n es~335 & Rickenbacker 360~12…

Mythos of the Telecaster in WEPT: an epic ep0ch, from Treble~twang to Efx Jasz~0mnibenz!  Wake II recorded w/ early 70's 'Mocha' Tele as played by singer. Note: 1st Serpent's Exile prac 2013 (3rd for  band, first 2 being 3 years ago pre-production writing sesh for Wolftriniti) Vorticite played a '72 Thinline reissue, which was actually as of that day Jh0st's guitar due to a trade involving a heavily modified {think run over by a train} '77 RD Artist bass, while he borrowed a f0t0flame P~bass? The axiz & bassii come and go. . . our songs remain the same? Arrangements may vary per performance, X/\RR|3R endorses this message! Ophidian always, that's how X/\RR|3R rolls. Of historical interest also: Wolftriniti was only song on ENTER written on 2 guitars: Jh0st's Godin ebony-board LGXT synth guitar and V0rticite's Godin Artisan TC {Tele copy}. So a Telecaster did affect the writing of Serpents Exile, not only WEPT

The real history being referenced in acquisition of the Thinline is it symbolicaly reunites WEPT based off of 1 of [if not ‘the’?] initial cracks in a then~damned foundation. It had more to do with harmony then melody ultimately, though that history of polyphony ignored is best saved for another post…or a tell~all bi0 book where every former & current bandmember all point fingers at eachother for its "inept~genuii" dichotomy!?  This genesis ~fissure in the cathedral u.v  ethereal song? 0f course being this Starball Contribution band legend: The smashing of a Fender Squier 'JV Serial #' Telecaster during  recording sessions (did we not know our rock history to realize that was supposed to happen _onstage_!?) leading to it's rebirth over a weekend rebuild as the infamous 'Dethkaster': set neck/wax~potted pickup/ carved art~top (leading> '|\|0\//\' fretless P~bass design l8r)…

scan0015 The Thinline also being a semi~hollow references X/\RR|3R's first Gibx0n 6-string, the first Gibx0n overall on label being the black '78 Grabber bass. In fact the triumvirate u.v influences the Thinline refers to thru early WEPT  includes the fact that the same luthier who designed for Rickenbacker designed for Fender and the inventor of Gibx0n's reknowned P./\.F. humbucker would go on to develop for Fender the Wide~Range humbucker as used on all three '72 tele variations.

Roger Rossmeisl also determined a 1-piece back with a carved top & sides as per the 360 & 360~12 strings. His family in Germany were luthiers and their family trademark 'F'  aka violin type soundhole was used on the Rose Morris UK importer for Rickenbacker, as opposed to the sharktooth trademark soundhole which matched the neck inlays on USA models. This same soundhole was later featured on Rossmeisl's first Fender {+ Fender's first answer to Gibxon's semi-hollow es~335.345/355 design family}; the Coronado bass, guitar & 12 string versions.

 It also appears on Rossmeisl's initial {sometimes referred unofficially by collectors as 'Thinline I' 1968 Telecaster Thinline, and soon after on the 1972 {version II} Thinline which this time came with a string thru Start~style hardtail bridge and a pair of Seth Lover {OG inventor of the 1957 Gibx0n debut legendary 'P.A.F' or patent-applied-for humbucking pickup}, who by then also worked for Fender, designed 'Wide~Range' humbuckers. These also appeared in the neck position of the 1972^ variation of the Telecaster Custom {as opposed to the double bound/ rosewood fretboard 1959^ Custom Telecaster} and in dual configuration on the 1972^ Telecaster Deluxe. 

The Deluxe shared the Thinline's hardtail Stratocaster bridge {as well as some rare 70s versions with a Strat tremolo bridge}. Howevz, it also employed the large~scro|| 'CBS' Strat headstock emblazoned w/ a curved~text graphic: 'TELECASTER DELUXE'. All three variations were 3~bolt micro~tilt neckplate; a genuine Leo Fender innovation much maligned by players as less stable than the 4 bolt neckplate. In reality it was really down to loosely fitting neck~body joints by CBS~era 70's poor quality control. not the design itsel. The micr0~tilit permitted increase or decrease of neck relief angle using a hexbolt inside the body; this replaced the home-made shim w/ a matchbook cover 'soloution' players had resorted to for decades {if intonation or action issues were beyond the scope of a bridge or truss~rod adjustment}.

DSCN0252 Fenders since early-mid 1968 were polyurethane finished, and by mid-70s too many layers 'thick skin' finishes. Poly finish meant less seemingly endless man-hours paid for sanding natural & stained versions or resanding {after priming} color models. Less manufacturing steps meant more profit in the CBS ownership era. Now, the hi-end USA Fender's sometimes have thin~skinn {laquer} finsihes. The catch is these specimens are priced up with Gibx0ns! Nitr0ce||ulose laquer finishes were part of the 'magic' both companies vintage models were blessed with. 

The truth is: poly finishes take a beating better; although lesser scratches can be polished out of a laquer finish, whereas a chipped poly finish is not gracefully repairable. Laquer finsishes sound best too. Yet Jimi's favorite '68 Strat's (the maple capped optioned fretboard "Black' Band of Gypsys and 'White' Woodstock pair} were poly finished~ where's the truth?!? The truth is a great piece of timber will overcome finishes and even mediocre pickups every day of the week. 3 rules of guitar tone? Body wood, neck wood, fretboard wood in that order.

Fender was always the more affordable, bolt neck 'service it yourself on the road' blue collar working~man's guitar, so they switched over to the uber~durable and more cost effective poly finish. Think Hendrix working the so~called 'Chitlin Circuit' in the South, Apollo Theatre in Harlem, or Cafe Wha? in the Village before fame. If you're sleeping wherever you land that night and were doing bus tours of unfriendly domains, a fix-it-yourself bolt neck design with a remoivable pickguard/pickup assembly made alot of sense! Whereas the set-neck Gibx0ns catered to Jazz pros, session musicians & rockstars. Think Led Zep on their 'Starship' private jet already into the vintage thing, playing a '59 burst LP Standard acquired from James Gang star Joe Walsh, soon to join the Hotel California lineup of the Eagles. . . 

Whose Don Felder also played an es1275 SG doubleneck like Jimmy Page on the live 'Stairway to Heaven'! All 70s Fenders were switched to poly finishes: to lower production budget thus staying cost competitive with then Japanese copys as yet in settled by out of court agreement not to copy direct designs anymore..The so~called 'Lawsuit era' Japan copies were that good. In the end it was a win~win for rock & roll because Ibanez and other japanese manufacturers were forced into innovating their own designs. Such as the Iceman {as made famous by KISS & Celtic Frost}, plus less radika| designs such as the Roadstar series which evolved into the Proline, RG & JEM 'shredders' of the 80s & 90's.

X/\RR|3R select 'Telecaster ~ equipped' Disc0graphy:  WEPT: Wake I 1985, Rudenotse Wake II 1986, & Starball Contribution Wake III 1987. X0ph3r aka Zone 11~23: R3FL3CT0R 1988, PRIM3R 1989 & NUMB3R 1990. Jh0st S+/\+|K I 1989. Serpent's Exile: 'Wolftriniti' {xingle} 2011 wrote/ arranged on Godin Artisan TC. 

Also~ check live 1988's Jesvs WEPT  2xLP: NAKED HOPE for an 18 song 'Telebration' of deathrock here! thinline tele 72


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