This beautiful custom telecaster utilises the Schaller 475 six-string guitar bridge which we were able to supply to Thomas Brienza for inclusion in this stunning guitar project. Based high in the mountains at Black Hawk in Colorado it was no mean achievement getting the bridge to him in just 6 days from being shipped here in the UK. An amazing effort by both Royal Mail and US Post services.
The Schaller 475 combined guitar bridge and tail-piece unit features low friction rollers for each string and is adjustable in width from 2" to 2-3/16" (51mm to 55.5mm). These rollers are also individually adjustable for string height and intonation. The strings anchor at the back of this bridge. The eccentric screw on the right side is used to lock all the saddles tight once adjustments are completed.
With regards the other specifications for the guitar, Tom used the best materials he could find including a one piece body in Alder, birdseye maple neck and a quilted maple fretboard. The drop top is made from Figured Granadillo and the pick guard is in a poplar burl veneer. The overall finish is achived by using an oil all hand rubbed. For the pickups Tom chose Brandwound custom wide range humbuckers made with threaded Alnico 2 and 5 magnets. The pots are CTS 500k with Russian paper in oil capacitors. Pickup selection is through a Switch Craft three way switch. The other hardware parts include Hipshot classic open tuners and Curt Mangan 10.5-52 fusion matched strings.
Tom tells us that this stunning guitar plays like a dream. We tend to believe him.