My New Cherry Red Tele-Gib

Hey friends.

Been working on a new project guitar based on the Tele-Gib I built for Jeff Beck back in 1974. At the time I was working at the Fender Soundhouse in London, and Jeff Beck was over at the CBS studios recording his second album. The “Tele-Gib” was a hybrid guitar that started out as a butchered ’59 Fender Telecaster, and once completed was used by Jeff on Blow by Blow and songs like “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” and  “Freeway Jam.” You can read more about how it came about here.

This is the guitar I built for Jeff. I used a Telecaster that was found in 1972 at a music store in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The next one I built was for myself and is the original Tele-Gib from 1976.  

During our 35th anniversary we made available 35 of these which was based on the Tele-Gib.

The next one I built was another project guitar. The old metallic silver Fender body alone without any hardware weighed in at 5.9 pounds.

My newest TeleGib was just finished and has an ash body from friends Matt Larrivee and Frank Falbo. Like all the other Tele-Gibs, it features the JB/Jazz combo, and the bridge pickup is at 15.30K which is much closer to the original Tele-Gib. The best part is the weight, since the whole guitar weighs in at only 6 pounds.

Here are some pictures of putting it together:

Installing the tailpiece and bridge.

Placement of tailpiece studs

Neck, body and strings lined up

Neck pickup & phenolic pickguard mounted

Completed Cherry Red Tele-Gib

Here’s a sound clip showing how smooth and responsive the tone is.

And here it is in a mix:

 

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  • jaysmall

    On the Tele-Gibs you build, do you keep the Fender-scale neck or go Gibson-scale? Looks like you keep the Fender neck but just curious…

    • Jesus Daniel Cornejo

      He uses the Fender scale length

      • Alderney Fred

        Why change the neck ? Surely the point of a Tele/Gib is the physical feel of the Tele with the electronics of a Gibson ? Nothing wrong with a Tele neck. You could always keep another bit of the Tele by having a Tele bridge with a JBJR in the bridge.

  • Reckert2

    Love the Red-Tele! I built a Les Paul/Tele/ Strat hybrid, “Trinity”…. Mahogany Body with Flamed Maple top, Birdseye Maple Neck, Sperzel Tuners, Wilkinson Tremelo, Seymour Duncan Perpetual Burn, Jazz2N & YJM Pickups, Fu-Tone mounting system, utilized a Super-switch wired like Les Paul with two volumes, split coils on position 2 & 4, two tones via concentric pot she sounds beautiful!

    • Reckert2

      “Trinity” picture

    • Reckert2

      Trinity picture

  • Nikostrat

    Gretsch orange trans tint on ash. Vintage Gretsch knobs, Duncan Antiquity Bridge and Duncan STR-1 neck. Gretsch vibe, Duncan tone.

  • ChrisCam

    Did something similar…I call it “Stratosaurous”…It is a slightly bigger Strat Mahogany Body….2-Humbuckers/1Single Coil…(3) Switches…ON/OFF/Out of Phase and 3 Volume knobs…It is the Strat that wants to grow up to be a LP…It sounds Magnificent…