The .:: SINGLECOIL Guitars ::. perfect crossover between a Telecaster and a Stratocaster to give you the best of both worlds. Wouldn´t it be great to all vintage trademark tones of the two most played guitars ever combined in only one axe ? The unmistakeable twang of a Telecasters bridge pickup, the boxy sounding warm tone of a Telecaster neck pickup and, naturally, the open sound when playing both Telecaster pickups together. But you also want the typical quack of the two Stratocaster in-between positions and the power of a Strats middle pickup ? Here it is, the Riptide guitar ! All this is possible with the combination of some physical factors like the string-through-body design and the metal pickguard plus a very special pickup set with a Telecaster bridge pickup, a Strat middle pickup and a Telecaster style neck pickup – all in Strat shape so you don´t see any difference from the outside. One of our best-selling guitars with a maximum of flexibility when it comes to classic vintage tones.

 

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Here are the main specs of the Riptide guitar:

body:
– two piece alder or ash body, highly figured
– locally harvested, selected thermo-treated tone wood
– opaque, super-hard and ultrathin satin finish
– highly contoured for maximum playing comfort
– string through body design
– no finish at the contact points in the neck pocket
– super-tight fit neck pocket

neck:
– maple neck with double truss rod, highly figured with plum fingerboard
– locally harvested, selected thermo-treated tone wood
– 12″ radius
– 21 frets (Dunlop 6140) hardened and high polished
– three-dimensional headstock, body matching color
– vintage amber finished
– truss rod accessible from the headstock
– vintage white dots on the fretboard and side dots
– hand shaped bone nut
– Kluson 6L vintage tuners
– two roller string trees
– no finish at the contact points at the heel
– 10´s nickel plated TWANGTONE strings

hardware:
– Kluson 6L vintage tuner
– hand shaped bone nut
– two roller string trees
– four-hole metal neck plate
– string though body ferrules
– two locking-ready strap pins
– oval metal output jack plate
– powder-painted metal pickguard
– metal bridge with six individual saddles
– plastic knobs and pickup covers

electronics:
– custom made single coil pickup set
– mil.grade pots with 60:40 audio taper
– treble loss free master volume control
– mil.grade 5-way pickup selector switch
– mil.grade 2-way toggle switch
– mil.grade, extra strong output jack
– mil.spec silver-/teflon wire for maximum transparency
– selected NOS tone caps
– shielded wire for all output connections

wiring:
The mil.grade 5-way pickup selector switch provides classic tones: bridge pickup alone / bridge + middle pickup in parallel / middle pickup alone / middle + neck pickup in parallel / neck pickup alone. The mil.grade 2-way toggle switch provides “7-sound switching” with the two additional settings: bridge + neck pickup in parallel / all three pickups in parallel. All this options together with the treble loss free volume control and the very effective and even tone controls will provide a very wide range of different possible tones.