Last week, we received two ‘Tele’ type guitars, called the Truxton, from K-Line Guitars, and 2 ‘Strat’ type instruments, called the Springfield.
In all honesty, outside of a custom made guitar from our luthier Mike Caldwell, these literally blow the doors off any other Tele I’ve played. The first one has a rosewood board and an alder body; the second is a maple board and a swamp ash body. Both have Lollar V pickups, a 10” radius, a very gently aged appearance, what one might call a ‘closet classic’. The differences between these 2 guitars are dramatic, though equally impressive in their own right.
OLYMPIC WHITE ALDER/ROSEWOOD
An unusual combination of depth and brightness. When the tone control is all the way up, it is the sound of a classic 60’s Tele; when the control is gradually rolled off, a midrange depth emerges and an overall darkness permeates the guitar. This is the instrument for everything from classic Stax/Steve Cropper R and B, to blues, to fusion, to an extremely convincing ‘jazz’ guitar sound.
BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE SWAMP ASH/MAPLE
100% country twang!! Chicken-pickin’ heaven!! An overall brighter sounding instrument, with more of a scooped midrange, the low and high frequencies are pronounced, but not overdone in any way. This is a guitar that sits perfectly in a mix with either a horn section or a keyboard/horn combination.
We received two models, an Olympic white with a rosewood board, and a classic sunburst with a rosewood board. Both of these have a Wilkinson 6 point vintage tremolo, Lollar Dirty Blonde pickups, and a 10” radius. If you are looking for a classic 60’s Strat, look no further. This is the one instrument that can cover virtually any musical ground.
K-Line guitars feel like a good pair of broken-in jeans. The workmanship is first-rate, the hardware and pickups, the same. They are put together with an attention to detail that is astonishing. The fretwork and overall put-togetherness is second to none. I can’t say enough about Kris Kroenlein and his fine instruments. N Stuff Music is proud to be an authorized K Line dealer.
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