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    NGD: Willcutt Wood Library Ted

    Well,it happened: I finally succumbed to MA Pete's incessant praising of all things Ted.

    Pete, you were right, this thing is a tone monster! (note to self: buy everything that Pete does!)

    Many thanks to Eric at Willcutt for selecting the wood and for pushing me past the goal line. You need to make more of these!

    Additionally, I'd like to recognize everyone in the factor who assembled it as well as the guys who harvested Mirkwood Forest and brought back the most sonically enchanted woods.

    An honorable mention goes to Hans for planting the shorter scale bug.


    From a playability perspective, it did not take long to realize that the 24.5 inch scale would not be a problem. My mind kept telling me that there was something wrong with the neck carve though, as it didn't feel like my other wide/fats. I compared the shape to my array of neck templates and there was nothing discernable except the result of hand sanding. OK then, fine.

    When played acoustically, it resonates with authority while still have notable sustain.

    I started the electric evaluation with the dirty channels in my C, H, and Original Sewell. From the first "Paranoid" riff I was astounded. From where is all this tone coming? Every note is crisp and distinct, regardless of volume, dirt, or chord structure. Egads! The bridge pickup is loaded with succinct snarl that is full of mids and rivaling a stock Grissom. The mid position yields a hint of quack while the neck pickup is as creamy as a half-melted ice cream cone on a hot day. I'm usually not much of a neck pickup guy through dirty amps but I was drawn to this one. I kept grabbing for notes and bends and the guitar responded. I instantly became a better player. When split dirty it seemed very similar to the effect of the 408's, where the sound thinned without substantially dropping in volume. Neat. I can see how Pete can take a single Ted to a show.


    On to clean amps: the C and the Dallas. The bridge split had just a hint of quack, but was generally "boxy" - not in a bad way, but akin to Volvos being boxey yet good. The neck split had power and balance without being overly bassey. I was shocked by the split middle position: there is great quack! All of a sudden this guitar has huge breadth. In humbucking mode there is more power without losing too much of the general characteristic of the split coils. Wow, what a great, multi-purpose clean guitar.


    Overall, I'd say that this one is lacking deep lows but is not excessively bright. In other words, it has huge mids. It is very comfortable, exceptionally responsive, and covers a considerable sonic space.


    The sum of the 7 pounds of parts is amazing! This one is a winner!

    (DC 245 Ted / DGT / 513 / Santana / McShootout / Cu22 Rosewood / SAS / Cu22 Semi hollow / Sig LTD / Mira korina / HBII / SE Angelus Custom) >> {C, H, Dallas, Original Sewell}

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    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
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    I'm also a big fan of the Ted's. Congrats!

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    Fantastic instrument!!! Love Teds!
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    Congrats!!! Gotta add one of these to the want list...love the 24.5 scale length!!!

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    Very cool. Looks and sounds like a keeper. Congrats.

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    Congrats! Teds are great guitars!

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    Beauty! Congrats!
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    That is so sharp lookin'.

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    Sounds like a great guitar! Enjoy it!
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
    -- Homer J. Simpson

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    Awesome tone report!! The short scale tone and feel combined with ergonomic platform of a Doublecut makes for my favorite guitar model EVER!

    Welcome to the club, glad to have been an influence in getting you here!

    Long live the DC Ted!
    Ted Club President

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    Are 2 heads better than 1 Tim's Avatar
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    Rock n Roll!!!!

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    Nice dude!! looks sweet!!
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    Most excellent.
    The top is perfect.

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    24.5 rules!
    Sh*tter's full

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    Looks Great. Congrats and enjoy!

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    Great looking example. Congrats. I guess I should check out a 245.
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    Congrats! Looks great! I'd really like to try out a Ted sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Great looking example. Congrats. I guess I should check out a 245.
    I know of several killer PS DC 245's you can sample!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MA Pete View Post
    I know of several killer PS DC 245's you can sample!!
    I'll drive up after 4262 arrives. I'd score one of these but for some reason I just can't get along with those tuners and wouldn't want to alter the guitar to change them.
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