Wednesday, August 17, 2011
DBX Sound Custom "Dark Back" Tele
Here's a truly unique one-off piece, a custom Telecaster-style guitar made by DBX Sound, which is basically a guy named Dave Carness working out of San Francisco. He calls this the "Dark Back," and it's made out of an exotic tropical wood that I couldn't even attempt to pronounce - Pumajillo, with a Maple veneer on top. The amp I've chosen for a backdrop is a super-sweet Fender Supersonic. It has a preamp toggle that lets you choose between a Vibrolux or a Bassman circuit, and a second switch that lets you run either setting in a "vintage" or super high gain "burn" mode, covering just about all the tonal options you could want out of a Fender combo.
Yes, the top is pretty, but the most amazing thing about this guitar is it's weight, or lack thereof. It tips the scales at just barely over six pounds - very easy on the old shoulders! Even the neck feels light as a feather. The pickups are Alnico Tone Riders, which have a nice vintage Tele sound - no one need know that you're not lugging around a seven-and-a-half-pound-plus monster to get that tone. There's also something just a little bit...friendlier about that lower horn, as well.
The headstock shape just barely deviates from the standard Tele, and the aged tuners are a nice touch. Overall this is one of the coolest guitars we have in the shop - and until Mr. Carness makes a few more, you certainly won't find another one anywhere else!