Fender Telecaster Thinline             160406         www.zacharyguitars.com

Body Style
Body Wood
Neck Wood
Fbd. Wood
Neck Joint
Anigre back
Vintage Style
26 Dual Size
Large and Medium
Neck: ZachAttack

ZachAttack A10.5
6.7 lb

Ed came over and I had two rough F1 bodies cut out that I showed him. One was soft and super light, almost like Balsawood and this one was very heavy. Too heavy in fact. I said, nobody will be able to play something this heavy. I didn't really know what to do about it. The wood was great but the weight was excessive.
Then out of necessity it all came to me. It could be the birth of the first Semi-Hollowbody. So here it is and now it weighs in at a very nice 6.7 lbs. Very light according to guitar standards. The rear hole actually serves as tone hole as well.

ART DECO     -      A brief description of the art movement which influenced the theme of this guitar.

This style consists largely of low relief geometrical designs, often in the form of parallel straight lines, zigzags, chevrons and stylized floral motifs. The practitioners of the style attempted to describe the sleekness they thought expressive of the machine age. The growing impact of the machine can be seen in repeating and overlapping images in streamlined forms derived from the principles of aerodynamics. Stripped down forms and geometric-based ornamentation. It is characterized by the use of angular, symmetrical geometric forms.

Its all based on the elements of design. Notice the straight lines and the straight sound holes. The simple geometrical shapes and directional. Another basic shape is the triangle of the rear sound hole. These are all basic shapes that are used. The wood grain itself is also directional, its straight and in the same direction of the long neck and the sound holes. Everything on it has direction and therefore it gives a look that is streamlined. Streamlining is an important element of Art Deco. It suggests movement and even speed. The guitar looks like it can fly. It looks like it may have some jet engines. Most elements are related horizontally in one direction. The whole thing is a unit.

You will also see repetition. Even the numbers are echoing each other. The two knobs matched by the two sound holes and two switches. A repetition in the numbers. Two identical knobs, two identical switches, two identically shaped sound holes, except for their size. Numbers are being repeated. However the larger shapes such as the sound holes are repetition with variation, those being of different sizes. This adds interest. The white color of the stripe on the top is directional. The swirled grain is also directional yet the grain adds texture to the otherwise smooth surface. All the grain is directional. The color of the dots echo the wood of the top, itís the same wood. The diagonal direction of the dots again repeats the direction, yet it adds variation because its not straight.

Contrast is also used in the white center of the top, which flows in nicely with the color and direction of the neck contrasted by the rest of the body color. Contrast of the Nickel hardware is shiny as compared to the matte finish of all the wood parts. Black hardware would not have given its period-correct look. The direction of the pickups are perpendicular to the horizontal direction of everything else. This ads needed contrast. The earth tones of the wood color contrast with the shine of the nickel and the black of the knobs, pickups and tuner knobs. The whole unit is harmonious in that the colors of the wood are close to each other on the color wheel. Harmony is also seen in the identical shapes repeated yet sometimes with variation, slightly different in size. The elements of texture and direction are also harmonious throughout. Everything was thought out according to the elements of design and in keeping it historically correct with the exciting style of Art Deco. This is what makes this work so much fun and creative.

The Art Deco era began in he early 1920's through the 1930's - with designs that were angular with simple lines - and was the period of skyscrapers, movie idols, and the cubist works of Picasso and Legras. Art Deco motifs were used for every conceivable object being produced from the 1920's through the 1030's.

By the way, the new "art deco" Z-tele is awesome. Danny Gatton would shit his pants!   ZF

About the F1 SH : This guitar reminds me of a fish. Fish are cool. It looks fast and sleek. The thing I like most is the Olive wood. I really like the feel of polished Olive wood. I'm curious what tone it gives. You should definitely do a video. I would not call this a Tele. I hate Teles. This is a Zachary which happens to have a Tele bridge to give a Tele sound if you want it to. I bet it has more than that. Most builders would have routed out the front and used a top to cover it. It is funny to see you do it just the other way around. A nice figured wood for a cap on the back. ;-)    David (Belgium)

I truly admire it. It's quite extraordinary and represents a quantum leap over your previous designs. I thought "Art Deco" the moment I saw it - but as I know NOTHING about art, I didn't want to make an idiot of myself! It's simply stunning, but it's not a guitar I can identify with, or ever see myself playing. It's too alien, too different, somehow. You have succeeded too well. It's too much a work of art. Or, to paraphrase Captain Kirk - "It's a Guitar, but not as we know it, Jim". But I love many of your guitars - the list would include the Rococco style of the Ianeke Project, the simplicity of Simba and Simba II, Namaste, Eli's two guitars, the wonderful Plink, and the gorgeous Black Limba of Voodoo Chile. I adore Jess Jess - that's a wonderful design and - and the classic elegance of 201104. I could see myself with any of them, particularly the 26" scale ones. But not 160406. I also have a prejudice against Tele's, which is quite irrational considering that Jimmy Page played a Tele on the first Led Zep album and Jeff Beck used a Tele with The Yarbirds. A 26" scale Z3 in Black Limba (with rosewood neck?) is my current (wet) dream, believe it or not!    Ludwik (UK)

I just got in from work. Totally amazing guitar Alex. I have to play for awhile unplugged. I don't think that I will get much sleep tonight. More latter. Paul

Hi Alex, I played her for about 2&1/2 hours last night unplugged. Totally amazing. I love every thing about her. Your attention to detail is unsurpassed, from the matching fingerboard dots to the black screws that you used to attach the tuners. Perfect harmony. I'll have more after I plug in for awhile. Paul

Hi Alex,     Just a short update on my F-1. I've been playing a lot of hours this past week and must tell you that I am completely blown away. I have tried all of the pickup combinations and all are fantastic. I am currently working on some duets with a keyboard player so the neck humbucker with the tone backed off is getting the most play time. As soon as I can record something that I am comfortable with I will send you a sample. I also really like the neck pick up in humbucking mode combined with the bridge pickup.This combination is pretty magical, better than any middle position Strat or Tele that I have ever played. I truly love the neck on this guitar. It seems to be just a little bit rounder than my D-1. Perfect for big chords and single note lines. Perfection! I will be sending you an order soon for some more (Zachary) strings.
Thanks again Alex for two wonderful instruments. Keep following your passion and remain true to you ideals.   Paul (IL)


Congrats again on your latest ZTele creation. Really, truly, a real masterpiece.   Ted (NV)