“The telecaster is the Stradivarius of electric guitars”

– Danny Gatton


Lightweight swamp ash teles are the king of solid body guitars, capable of any musical style from old timey, to rockabilly, to dark smokey jazz, grunge or a musical style not yet conceived.  So simple — standing the test of time for more than 60 years.  Everybody needs as swamp ash T.

The finest hand crafted T-style guitar that you will find.  I have been doing this since 1985 and have a hard time with the “custom shop” definition used by the big factories.  This is a real custom shop, with 35 years of experience.  You will not be disappointed! 

Standard Specs

  • Premium lightweight swamp ash body, routed to vintage specs
  • Rock maple neck, choice of maple or rosewood fingerboard, 25.5″ scale, 6105 frets
  • Custom wound 60s voice T-style pickups 
  • Callaham “Gatton-knurl” knobs
  • GlenDale vintage style bridge with Gatton cutout
  • Thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish (clear or single color is standard) 
  • Choice of Mono gig bag or SKB molded TSA flight case


  • Torrefied maple neck and fingerboard (see options page)
  • Single piece swamp ash body (add $200)
  • Sunburst finish
  • My specialty translucent white, like the originals