The King of Dieselbilly Talks Tele!

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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.

About the guitar in this video: Dan’s baritone Tele is a custom body of catalpa wood that’s 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.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • How and why Bill Kirchen turns his Tele controls backwards.
  • Demo: how Bill uses volume and tone swells
  • Demo: Tele Chicken-Pickin'!

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