My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a friend

My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a friend

Postby Jon S. » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:12 pm

Tiger-caster, meet Rosebud-caster.

Phil Jacoby http://www.philtone.com built the Tiger-caster by hand, literally from planks of wood. All of its inlay is real. It's PUPs are 2 Fralin Unbuckers and a Fralin Steel Pole 43.

Phil also built the Rosebud-caster from a Warmoth neck and body. All of its inlay are Jocomo stickers. It's PUPs are 2 Super IIs and a Super Distortion.

Couple of interesting things about the new guitar. It's actually "old-new." Phil first built it for me in 2006 with the Fralins that are now in the hand-built one. I played it for a couple of years as a prototype, learned through experience of all my design mistakes and preferences and applied the knowledge - and much of its hardware - into the Tiger-caster which I took possession of last year. Then we planed its neck, routed, refinished, and reassembled the 1st one.

The two guitars sound quite different. The different PUPs, in particular, seem to make a huge difference. My first reactions are that I'm really digging the Super IIs and Super Distortion on the Rosebud-caster. I love what Phil did with their wiring. The minitoggles are actually 3-way switches giving me each PUP as a full 'bucker (both coils in series), split, and both coils together in parallel (for a single coil-ish, tight, mildly quacky, very Strat-y tone). I didn't even know this was possible until he did it.

Both have OBELs and UGBs. It's nice having both!

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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby The Stag » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:05 pm

looks pretty sweet to me
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby JonnyBoy » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:31 pm

Beautiful Jon! Enjoy brother..
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Postby Octal » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:43 pm

Since you have a spare can I have one?
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Postby tcsned » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:23 pm

nice duo! did Warmoth cut the headstock?
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby Jon S. » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:40 am

Thanks, gents!

I ordered the neck from Warmoth uncut (I think they call it a "paddlehead") & Phil made a template based on Internet pix & cut it.
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby Adam Deckard » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:37 am

Dude those nike shoes in the background look just like the ones Michael J Fox wore in Back to the Future 2.
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby strumminsix » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:00 am

NICE!
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Postby keirweir » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:15 am

Adam Deckard wrote:Dude those nike shoes in the background look just like the ones Michael J Fox wore in Back to the Future 2.

:lol:
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby Jon S. » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:41 am

I agree! I told my teenage son and his friend about the reactions and he laughed. :p
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby The Stag » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:05 pm

looks like your set for any year jerry sound you want. alls you need is the bolt and wolf and youd have all the main jerry guitars mmkay preety sweet
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Re: My Philtone Tiger-caster was lonely so I got him a frien

Postby Jon S. » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:52 am

Thanks, but to be fair, my guitars are nowhere near being Tiger and Rosebud clones, they're rather inspired by them (I like that Jerry dude but my gear and sound are for me). :oops: :smile:
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