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 have 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.

If you want to find out more about the concept behind this guitar and its wiring, please read my column about it on Premier Guitar here.


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Here are the main specs of the Riptide guitar:

– 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

– 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

– 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

– 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

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.