070118 – ZT – Telecaster

Zachary Handcrafted Guitars


Body Style:  ZT

Body Wood:  Mahogany (African)

Neck Wood:  Maple

Fingerboard Wood:  Maple

Scale:  624 mm

Tuners:  Gotoh sealed

Frets:  24 (Medium, Stainless)

Pickups:  neck - Seymour Duncan Hot Tele 16K,
                bridge - Fender Black Dove P90

Controls:  master Volume and Tone, 3-way LP Toggle

Neck Joint:  Spiked, with machine screws & metal inserts,

Strings:  Zachary Optimum Tensions, 10++ RW set

Weight: 6.72 lb.


I wanted to try a new thing with this Tele and go with a narrower fingerboard at the nut. This has a 43 mm nut width (same as Gibson), instead of my usual 45.5 mm width. This also has the same string spacing as a Gibson at the bridge. So its narrower than a Fender Telecaster at the bridge. Essentially its like playing a Gibson on a Telecaster platform. I love it. I also wanted to do a sunburst oil finish over Mahogany. The 24 Stainless Steel frets make this play like a firebreather.

I initially used a DiMarzio Soapbar humbucker in the neck position (without a cover), as you can see in the pics but then I decided to instead go with a Fender Black Dove P90 pickup, which I bought a good supply of years ago. To be consistent with the look of a traditional Tele bridge pickup and to maintain the same visual for the P90 neck pickup and wondered what it would look like to use it without a cover and to wrap it with string. I had never seen this done before. I may be the first one to wrap a P90 with string and not use a cover on it. I think it looks quite cool, so raw and rad. This comfortable, light-weight, Zachary ZT is currently my main guitar, as it can do virtually anything, from country, jazz, Roy Buchanan to Zeppelin and beyond.