7s' 2010 Kelly Guitars Custom Bowery Pine Telecaster (White Natural)

2010 Kelly Guitars Custom Bowery Pine Telecaster (White Natural)

Kelly Guitars
Custom Bowery Pine Telecaster (2010)
White Natural

OK, technically this isn't a guitar yet, but since I've placed my order I'm adding it here.  On a recent trip to New York, I placed an order for a custom Telecaster by Rick Kelly.  Fretboard Journal did an article on Kelly Guitars in their Fall 2009 issue and after reading it I just had to stop by to see what the fuss was about. Rick Kelly makes guitars from very old wood (over 150 years in this case) following the original designs by Leo Fender.  His current specialty is the "Kellycaster" or a Telecaster style guitar with a much larger than standard neck made from pine that he got from an old building in the Bowery that was being renovated.  This 150 year old wood is incredibly resonant, very light and full of character.

We picked out some wood while I was there and these pictures are of the pine body and maple neck he will be using. The wait list is somewhere from four to ten months so it will probably be a while before I actually have the guitar, but I figured this would be a great place to start the countdown.  I'll add more pictures if they become available before it is finished.  

Updated August 30, 2010: I got it today!  It is a great guitar and I am very excited to play it more.  Pictures coming soon.  This is the 35th Bowery Pine telecaster made by Rick Kelly. 

7s posted on September 06 2010 at 1:05pm

I picked this guitar up from Rick Kelly last week and it is awesome!

7s posted on December 16 2009 at 8:32pm

Nope, nothing new yet.  He said it could take as long as a year, so I figured I'll ping him sometime in January.

patl posted on December 16 2009 at 4:51pm

Got any progress pics on this one?  Should be a blast to play!!!

kenny929 posted on November 22 2009 at 8:12am

Man, that is sooo cool!!  Talk about a custom shop guitar!!   I'll almost be vintage when you take delivery of it cuz the wood is a century and a half old.  Keep us posted!   Lucky you!!

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