Alan Ratcliffe wrote:
Most things sound good through a decent VOX. ? Good to know tho. You sold it to fund something else didn't you?
I just have an AC15C1, so nothing too fancy. :-[ TV Classics are probably my favourite humbuckers by a long margin. I used to like and use higher output humbucking pickups, but as my musical applications have changed (drastically) in terms of style, so have my tastes in pickups (also drastically). I prefer fatter singe coils, but if I have to have humbuckers it's TV Classics or at a push, unpotted PAF style.
Back to your question. No, sold it because I grew to hate it. Loved the sound, but the ergonomics were diabolical. In the specs it says "50's style slab body", which I have come to understand means "cold war torture device". The edge radius was just so sharp, I would come away with marks on my right arm and torso from playing it and after a long practice or set I'd be near throwing it. Some may say it's part of the Tele vibe, but that wasn't for me... Neck was also a little small for my liking, but I initially decided to live with it because of the pickups. Since getting my other T-style which cannot be named (two months after getting the Cabronita), I stopped playing the Cabronita. Amazing what a rounder edge radius can do for comfort, plus a neck that is more to my liking (a bit beefier). I sometimes miss the vibe of the pickups, but my current T while very different to the Cab, sounds epic so I'm not wanting in that regard. It wasn't intended as a replacement, but that's just how it worked out. Amazingly I am still sitting on the money. ? Even my pedal board is still the same...Not that I haven't been looking and trying, but I'm just too fussy for my own good when it comes to gear. ?
I've been loving having a semi-hollow T, so something along the lines of a Cabronita Thinline with a fatter neck and a brass saddle Tele half-bridge (compensated of course) would be perfect for me.
Perhaps we're not being fair - as I'm comparing it to the Classic-equipped White Falcon and you're comparing to a Telebration La Cab.So, at a third to a fifth of the price, the guitar in question actually does a damn fine job. Definitely the closest thing to a real Gretsch in the low-mid price range.
Agreed on all counts. Probably was being a bit harsh, but when compared to the sample at Musikmesse I found the actual production model a bit disappointing (and rather heavy for a semi IMO). Still superb value though for what you pay.
I was also comparing it to the memories of my bass player's recently acquired 6118 120th Anniversary:
Rather tasty guitar also with TV Classics, with strangely a lot of snap to the tone despite the short scale - though not as much as the Cabronita. These pickups seem to work great in pretty much whatever you put them in.