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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Shakey-Caster: "A testament to one of my heroes"

The Shakey-Caster by Gavin Fraser

If you're a guitar tech-head, then here's something you might find interestin'-- The Shakey-Caster. The Shakey-Caster is a customized Telecaster guitar modified to replicate Neil Young's Ol' Black sound.

From TeleModders: Profiles and Modifications:
Anyway, that's enough about me and leads me nicely onto my modded Tele, the Shakey-Caster! As I mentioned I am a big fan of Neil Young and have always loved the look and sound of his main axe, "Old Black". I have however also been a Tele owner and advocate since my very first electric guitar, and so it came to me over several months consideration that it would be very cool to combine elements of Old Black with a Telecaster and so create a new and unique guitar that is both a testament to one of my heroes, but which would also help me shape my own sound. This guitar is the Shakey-Caster.

After some consideration I decided upon using a Fender Telecaster Deluxe '72 RI as the base guitar. This obviously has the advantages of having a similar control layout to a Les Paul with separate controls for the neck and bridge pickup. This offered me the same control as Mr. Young's guitar and also provides a "nod" stylistically too. I decided against a black model as I thought it would be too similar and I wanted my own guitar. I had also fancied a guitar in sunburst for quite a while.

Thanks Gavin! Nice job!

More on Gavin's Shakey Caster.

Also, see more on how Neil Young gets that unique guitar sound that has been likened to a "jet plane in a thunderstorm" and "falling power lines".


At 10/17/2009 03:42:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...


At 10/18/2009 11:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it might sound good and it might play good, but I don't wear flannel shirts because Neil does...when you build the Fraser-caster, I'd like to see it...

At 10/19/2009 11:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez...that's kind of a mean thing to say. The guy did a pretty cool thing for whatever personal motive was important to him. There are two kinds of people in the world - those that build and those that tear down what others build. I think Anonymous is of the latter cloth.

Old Black

At 10/19/2009 09:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't trying to be mean at all...I'm just saying among other things, if yer gonna build a guitar in tribute to Neil--go all the way with it...if yer gonna build or modify a guitar because you can (as Gavin Fraser obviously can)make it a Frasercaster...yes, I read the whole post...the bottom line is still (I think)what it SOUNDS like, and I AM curious about that...I wouldn't want a tele WITHOUT a bigsby--had one, sold it...and no, I couldn't do what Gavin did if ya held a gun to my head...


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