The Hollowcaster is part of the Flabbergaster Series. (Lots of people build “regular” Teles. Sorry, we don’t do normal: we enradden!)
This is a small, nimble, semi-hollow with minimal center block and loud when unplugged. And who says there shouldn’t be TWO f-holes in a Thinline?
Hugh set out to build something that would sound like his 1967 Harmony Rebel except with more sustain and less feedback. He also wanted something with a great tremolo. He decided to keep the top flat and arch the bottom, which has given it surprising warmth and bass for its size. Lest it get too far from T territory, he used maple for the neck to provide snap and to accentuate the twang of the Duesenberg tremola.
Impossibly, it worked!!
- Top is flat, back is arched.
- Color: Eurojeans
- Body wood: African mahogany center block, solid flamed maple back, sides and top
- Neck: maple
- Fingerboard: compound radius rosewood
- Scale: 25.5
- Bridge: Half-ashtray, notched
- Duesenberg short-frame tremola
- Wilkinson locking tuners
- Pickups: Neck, Dominger P90; Bridge, Dominger PAF style
- 5-way Switch (out of phase, split-bridge + neck, plus the usual 3 choices)
- 2 Volume knobs, 2 Tone knobs
- PLEK’d and set up to your preferred specs by Gary Brawer, master tech (optional)
$3499, $3699 with tremolo