My Favorite Axe: Fender American Fat Tele

 

Chris Cubeta and the Lairs Club

I’m the guitarist for Psychic TV as well as Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club. I’m also a producer/recording engineer at GaluminumFoil Productions, having produced records for tons of NY bands!

MAKE & MODEL

2002 Fender American Fat Telecaster

WHAT IT MEANS TO ME

After 11 years of playing and recording full time, this is still my go-to guitar; it never fails to feel great and always gives me what I need in the moment.

WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

It goes from a classic bright Tele chime to something approximating a dinosaur eating cars; it really is the Swiss Army knife of guitars.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Neck humbucker with a five-way switch! I’ve never been too hot on Tele single coil neck pickups, so the neck humbucker is a nice touch. Keith Richards had it right.

CUSTOM MODS

Replaced the stock tone knob with a (shorter in height) Gretsch knob so I don’t accidentally knock it while doing volume swells with my pinky.

PARTING THOUGHTS

This guitar has been all over the world with me, so any scrapes, scratches, and bruises are of my own doing…forget lame “relic” finishes, get a guitar you love and play the hell out of it.

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photo by Manish Gosalia 

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