Style: Modern Tele
Body: Solid 2 piece Mahogany (Sapele, Stained or Clear)
Top: Bookmatched Maple Burl Top
Neck: 1 piece Pau Ferro
Inlays: Dots (side only, Aluminum)
Tuners: Graph Tech Ratio 6 in line
Bridge: Bigsby B16
Nut: Tusq pre fab (Black)
Neck Joint: Bolt on (Black)
Frets: Stainless Steel 24 (chrome)
Fretboard Radius: 12”
Pickup(s): Reilander Custom
Controls: 1 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Killswitch
Output: Switchcraft 1/4” mono (Chrome)
Strap Pins: Standard (Chrome)
Finish: Hand Rubbed Oil
The Tele is one of the industry's most iconic guitars that has not changed its design since the early 1950s. While the design is beautiful, it is not without its flaws. The Modern Tele design introduces an arm bevel, a belly bevel a soft heel and deep lower horn for greater access to the higher frets.
Outfitted with modern Graph Tech hardware, this guitar in particular hosts a Tusq nut, Ratio Tuners and String Saver saddles to allow for fluid string movement with the Bigsby vibrato. The pickups were custom wound by Reilander Custom Pickups in Vancouver with a P90 at the neck and a dual blade Tele style humbucker in the bridge position.
One of the more unique pieces of hardware on this build is a Teisco arcade button killswitch which introduces a ground loop to the circuit allowing the player to create intricate "Morse code" riffs.
If you would like to order a similar guitar, click below to contact Vigilant and place an order or initiate your custom build. Guitars take 8-10 weeks to build. All guitars ship with a hardshell case included in the price below.