John Cruz's Masterbuilt Wildwood 10s always present me with a unique challenge: how to accurately describe the magic that seems to course through every instrument he builds. Each individual guitar that springs forth from his bench has its own special brand of mojo, and each one is tremendously inspiring in a different way. This aged white blonde Thinline Telecaster is no exception to the rule.
So, what brand of magic lives within this semi-hollow piece of alder? Well, this serial's touch-sensitivity and wide dynamic range make for a supremely expressive playing experience. It's the sort of guitar that seems to capture every subtlety of your left- and right-hand technique. It compels you to pay more attention to your vibrato and the accuracy of your bent notes. I subscribe to the "bend it 'til it sounds good" school of lead playing, and this guitar seemed to point me towards all the tasty bends! Also, my vibrato got much saucier!
As a result, I played much more expressively, and I had quite a few 'Whoah, did I just play that?" moments while flying up and down this Thinline's '57 Soft V neck.
This touch-sensitivity also comes through with regards to right-hand technique, too. The attack sounds woody, percussive, and supremely articulate. Your dynamics will affect the tone of the instrument greatly, too. Ease off, and you'll get a wonderful hollow, woody chiming tone. Dig in, and the midrange will fill out and more overtones will bloom out of the ash body.
If you seek a blonde beauty that feels like an extension of your hand, look no further than this terrifying Tele built by John Cruz!