The Logical Evolution of The Electric Guitar



Logicasterâ„¢ T-24 Custom Hybrid

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Body: Chambered 1-piece black limba body with bookmatched claro walnut top

Neck: TorsionLogic, five-piece curly maple/jatoba, jatoba fretboard

Frets: medium nickel-silver

Pickups: Sheptone* Handwound Strat/Tele set

Controls: primary and secondary volume (secondary volume controls neck & bridge pickups in middle switch position),

5-way pickup selector, master tone

Hardware: gold Trem King TK-2 bridge, gold Steinberger locking tuners, gold Dunlop StrapLocks

Built for David Ford of Coos Bay, Oregon. This is David's second Black Mesa Guitar; these are his initial comments:

"I received it on Tuesday last week. I got to play it for a while then and on Wednesday and gig with it on Thursday.

The guitar is absolutely stunning. It plays smooth as silk and the whammy, while it will take a mild amount of getting used to, lives up to its billing. I'll have to use a slightly different touch but it delivers in that it stays in tune and, I believe at least, that the tele-style plate may be influencing (in a positive way) the tele bridge pickup.

* The bridge pickup is great and makes me believe in the tele sound.
* The middle pickup is the first useful middle pickup on a strat-type configuration I've ever used. The middle PU, of course is always useful in the 2nd and 4th positions, but by itself it always left me wanting more before this axe.
* The 2nd and 4th positions indeed posess the strat quack and I should never have doubted that they might not deliever that sound.
* Back to the middle positon: I like the wiring setup and find myself using just about a quarter turn of the secondary volume to blend in a tad of the outer PUs
* As I said, the Trem-King is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to breaking a string to test out that it will stay in tune as advertised.
* I love the Steinberger tuners; pretty smooth. I may have to wait to check out string changes and how well it works because, like I said, I'm waiting for the first string to break. (j/k)

It's beautiful, plays wonderfully, and feels "right". The action is just right. It gets just enough of the tele and strat feel but still maintains its own personality.

One of the comments that someone else made at last week's gig, and I think that it's true, is that the notes "pop" out of the guitar; well-defined, whether it's the strat/quack tones or one of the pickups on their own. It's a wonderful sound to hear.

I'll get back to you later with more.

Thanks for yet another great guitar!


... and here's what David had to say after he played the guitar for a few months:


I've been playing the Logicaster T-type a lot more lately and have to say that it's grown on me more and more. When I first ordered it, I was thinking of it as a Tele- and a Strat-type guitar combined into one and I have to admit that was a mistake on my part. That's sort of like thinking of combining a sports car with an SUV and expecting to drive a Porsche through the woods.

I have come to my senses and now compare it more to a different version of my Black Mesa Signature. The wood choices, being the same as the Signature model, claro walnut over limba, gives me the woody, slightly compressed sounds, but with the character being defined by the Sheptone single-coil pickups. The wiring scheme that you use is my favorite, with the middle position allowing the use of the middle pickup by itself or blending in the outer PUs to add bite and power. The fingering on the TL-T, as on the Signature, is superb. Tuning is a breeze and the Trem-King vibrato is smooth. In addition, of course, I get comments on the classic good looks of the instrument.

If a situation absolutely demands the sound of a Strat, then a Strat is what I use. But to give me the expanded reach of 24 useable frets and to take advantage of the versatile pickup combinations that bring out unique, round, luscious tones that grab people's ears, the Black Mesa Signature and TL-T are what I use.

Thanks again.




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