Trade Secrets!

The King of Dieselbilly Talks Tele!


Issue 191 May 23, 2013



Titan of the Tele: Bill Kirchen explains why he flips his control plate backwards, and shows how he got the famous sounds he recorded on Hot Rod Lincoln.
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About the guitars in this video: Dan's baritone Tele is a custom body of catalpa wood thats light like swamp ash, with a Bajo Sexto neck made by Fred Stuart at the Fender Custom Shop. Bill played it at the Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, loved it, and talked Dan into selling it. Bill's pine guitar was built by Rick Kelly of Carmine Street Guitars in New York City.


The folks who keep Bill's Tele twangin':
Steve Ripley, The Guitar Doctor, Falls Church, VA
Mike Dove, Silver Spring, MD
Ben and Chazz, South Austin Music, Austin, TX
Larry Smoak, Wooden Wizard Guitars, Fairfax, VA
Jon Thacher, JT Saddles, Fairfax, VA
Ed Reynolds, Austin TX

blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkHow and why Bill Kirchen turns his Tele controls backwards.
  • checkmarkDemo: how Bill uses volume and tone swells
  • checkmarkDemo: Tele Chicken-Pickin'!