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Title: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: headsup on June 23, 2016, 02:02:40 AM
A while ago, there was a "telegib" posting.
 I slammed the concept, stating clearly, if you wanna a tele, get a tele. (single coil 25.5 inch scale etc.)
Don't put hum buckers in a tele, thinking it will be an SG or les Paul.
 don't put single coils in a Gibson etc.

Respect the process, the art form and the history etc.


Then I read about the guitar Seymour Duncan built for Jeff Beck (decades ago) and what it was, and how Jeff played it and loved it etc.

I have tele's, 3 in fact, as well as two eighties larrivee TC models, one with 2 of Jean's hand wound Humbucking pick-ups. (the original telegib?).

anyways, along comes the New Oxnard Matt version of that famous telegib, at a price I can't refuse.
Rosewood board, two ML humbuckers, (non coil tap) Gibson style tone pros bridge and stop tail piece, so i grab it.

I thought it was used, as the ad said it was, but neither the guitar or the case show any signs of playing, and frankly, it's a friggin' tone monster.

 No I wouldn't buy a Larrivee Bakersfield when i have a very fine old tele, but this guitar is certainly a breed unto it's self.

 Nope, it's not a tele, body shape, controls, yep, perfect, my all-time fav.
 Sound, punch, drive, tone, with Larrivee's hum bucking pick-ups, is just brilliant, with the single piece swamp ash body.
 nope, doesn't sound like a tele.
 nope, doesn't sound like any SG, Les Paul, or 335 I've owned.

It has it's very own, and very cool sound, tons of depth, and growl, but not as much as the RS4's, and a real lovely upper "chime" that is difficult to explain.

I guess, the bottom line, is, every guitar, wood, shape, and pick up configuration always brings something new to the tone pallet, when running through different stage rigs.

The Malibu, in this case, is no exception.


so there. I've eaten ny own humble pie, with about as much justification i can muster.........

Certainly, bringing out the tele clan and setting them up and playing them side by side, yet again, is indicative of every guitar having such wonderful personalities.

many guitars, one kind, accepting wife. simple.


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on June 23, 2016, 03:20:31 AM
Its all good.I've played tele's forever and niether of my partscasters is a real tele.My main go to is a 3 pu's {2 bridge's,one in the bridge one in the middle and a standard neck sort of as they are EMG's}.The other has a Golden Era neck pu and a Larrivee tele bridge with a wrap-a-round. :thumb


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on June 23, 2016, 09:50:51 AM
Nice post Kevin BUT


 :gotpics:


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: headsup on June 23, 2016, 01:23:57 PM
OK, a couple to look at.
Supposedly, I'm being sent pick up covers (my preference).
Love the single piece "swamp" ash body.

Then it's "Namesake" cousin, equipped with custom Baja Pick-ups (awesome sounding).

And the setting is my 1995 summer ride...
life is good for an old rock'n'roller/hippy folksinger....


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: Mikeymac on June 23, 2016, 02:16:07 PM

so there. I've eaten ny own humble pie, with about as much justification i can muster.........


 :+1:

Thanks for the pie... I've wanted one of these for awhile; you've just renewed my GAS. Might have to build a Warmoth version, since a lefty Larrivee might not even exist.


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: George on June 23, 2016, 02:30:30 PM
A while ago, there was a "telegib" posting.
 I slammed the concept, stating clearly, if you wanna a tele, get a tele. (single coil 25.5 inch scale etc.)
Don't put hum buckers in a tele, thinking it will be an SG or les Paul.
 don't put single coils in a Gibson etc.

Respect the process, the art form and the history etc.


Then I read about the guitar Seymour Duncan but for jeff Beck (decades ago) and what it was, and how Jeff played it and loved it etc.

I have tele's, 3 in fact, as well as two eighties larrivee TC models, one with 2 of Jean's hand wound Humbucking pick-ups. (the original telegib?).

anyways, along comes the New Oxnard Matt version of that famous telegib, at a price I can't refuse.
Rosewood board, two ML humbuckers, (non coil tap) Gibson style tone pros bridge and stop tail piece, so i grab it.

I thought it was used, as the ad said it was, but neither the guitar or the case show any signs of playing, and frankly, it's a friggin' tone monster.

 No I wouldn't buy a Larrivee Bakersfield when i have a very fine old tele, but this guitar is certainly a breed unto it's self.

 Nope, it's not a tele, body shape, controls, yep, perfect, my all-time fav.
 Sound, punch, drive, tone, with Larrivee's hum bucking pick-ups, is just brilliant, with the single piece swamp ash body.
 nope, doesn't sound like a tele.
 nope, doesn't sound like any SG, Les Paul, or 335 I've owned.

It has it's very own, and very cool sound, tons of depth, and growl, but not as much as the RS4's, and a real lovely upper "chime" that is difficult to explain.

I guess, the bottom line, is, every guitar, wood, shape, and pick up configuration always brings something new to the tone pallet, when running through different stage rigs.

The Malibu, in this case, is no exception.


so there. I've eaten ny own humble pie, with about as much justification i can muster.........

Certainly, bringing out the tele clan and setting them up and playing them side by side, yet again, is indicative of every guitar having such wonderful personalities.

many guitars, one kind, accepting wife. simple.

All I can say is you are one lucky dog!   :thumb  I wish I could find one...


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: rockstar_not on July 06, 2016, 04:28:17 AM
I made a simple mod to my Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue that gives me a very Tele-like tone when the neck mini PAF and tail slanted HB are 'singled' and combined, skipping the middle sc pup.

There's 13 different pup combinations now on this guitar and while it's not a Strat, nor a Tele, nor an SG nor an LP, it can sound quite a bit like any of them given the right position of the 5 position switch and the tail pup 'on' switch and coil tapping.

So, I can't blame anyone for wanting not-so-standard pup combinations.


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: igrishenko on July 06, 2016, 11:25:25 PM
A while ago, there was a "telegib" posting.
 I slammed the concept, stating clearly, if you wanna a tele, get a tele. (single coil 25.5 inch scale etc.)
Don't put hum buckers in a tele, thinking it will be an SG or les Paul.
 don't put single coils in a Gibson etc.

Respect the process, the art form and the history etc.


Then I read about the guitar Seymour Duncan built for Jeff Beck (decades ago) and what it was, and how Jeff played it and loved it etc.

I have tele's, 3 in fact, as well as two eighties larrivee TC models, one with 2 of Jean's hand wound Humbucking pick-ups. (the original telegib?).

anyways, along comes the New Oxnard Matt version of that famous telegib, at a price I can't refuse.
Rosewood board, two ML humbuckers, (non coil tap) Gibson style tone pros bridge and stop tail piece, so i grab it.

I thought it was used, as the ad said it was, but neither the guitar or the case show any signs of playing, and frankly, it's a friggin' tone monster.

 No I wouldn't buy a Larrivee Bakersfield when i have a very fine old tele, but this guitar is certainly a breed unto it's self.

 Nope, it's not a tele, body shape, controls, yep, perfect, my all-time fav.
 Sound, punch, drive, tone, with Larrivee's hum bucking pick-ups, is just brilliant, with the single piece swamp ash body.
 nope, doesn't sound like a tele.
 nope, doesn't sound like any SG, Les Paul, or 335 I've owned.

It has it's very own, and very cool sound, tons of depth, and growl, but not as much as the RS4's, and a real lovely upper "chime" that is difficult to explain.

I guess, the bottom line, is, every guitar, wood, shape, and pick up configuration always brings something new to the tone pallet, when running through different stage rigs.

The Malibu, in this case, is no exception.


so there. I've eaten ny own humble pie, with about as much justification i can muster.........

Certainly, bringing out the tele clan and setting them up and playing them side by side, yet again, is indicative of every guitar having such wonderful personalities.

many guitars, one kind, accepting wife. simple.

Seymour built two Telegibs originally. One went to Jeff Beck and the other he kept. A few years back Seymour worked with Jean and Matt to create a replica of his personal Telegib, the Seymour Duncan 35. There were only 35 made but the Larrivees used that experience and tooling to build what would become the Malibu. So essentially you're getting Larrivee's version of Seymour's personal Telegib

http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/seymour-duncan-thirty-five/13917


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 07, 2016, 03:58:54 AM
Seymour built two Telegibs originally. One went to Jeff Beck and the other he kept. A few years back Seymour worked with Jean and Matt to create a replica of his personal Telegib, the Seymour Duncan 35. There were only 35 made but the Larrivees used that experience and tooling to build what would become the Malibu. So essentially you're getting Larrivee's version of Seymour's personal Telegib

http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/seymour-duncan-thirty-five/13917

This is good info - thanks for providing the link that proves what many of us remember...

 :donut :coffee :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: robwms on July 09, 2016, 01:49:59 AM
OK so you're a rocking hippy folk singer, I know...  :roll.

But can you get anything out of this guitar resembling jazz tones a la Bill Frizell, Ted Greene, Ed Bickert, etc.?


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: headsup on July 12, 2016, 01:26:40 PM
OK so you're a rocking hippy folk singer, I know...  :roll.

But can you get anything out of this guitar resembling jazz tones a la Bill Frizell, Ted Greene, Ed Bickert, etc.?






I can't speak to that directly. I know Ed Bickert used to play a  tele, (with an HB in the neck?) so maybe.
 I CAN say that all my other electric guitars, including the tele's only go to C#as far as top note.
Larrivee electrics tend to add the extra fret for D, which of course, just makes perfect sense....


Title: Re: Who's a hypocrite now?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 12, 2016, 06:19:29 PM
OK so you're a rocking hippy folk singer, I know...  :roll.

But can you get anything out of this guitar resembling jazz tones a la Bill Frizell, Ted Greene, Ed Bickert, etc.?

Absolutely. The tones controls on these guitars are very well voiced (with quality oil-filled capacitors), and unlike a Les Paul, it has a 25.5" scale length, which helps maintain some clarity for those jazzy chord voicing. Matthew's pickups are very versatile; there's a wide range of tones in these guitars.

 :bowdown: