Ask Zac Episode 10 - My Frankenstein Telecaster

April 17, 2020

Everyone needs a crazy thrown-together parts guitar. Why?  Because you never have to stop modifying them! In this episode, I give the story behind my Tele that I have toured all over the world with and changed everything on it except the body's finish. My Frankenstein even has a Joe Glaser B-Bender that I had installed back in 1997. I show a few bender licks, and also share how the large brass 6-saddle bridge changed the tone of it.

The body of my parts Tele on stage with Steve Earle being played by the original owner, the great Mike McAdam. Mike has played with Steve Earle, Foster & Lloyd, Radney Foster, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many others.

Mike's website:

Gear Used:

1982 Kubicki Tele body with Danocaster soft V maple neck APC Adder (Neck) Ron Ellis 60T (Bridge)

Strings: D'Addario 9.5-44 strings EXL120+

Amp: 1967 Deluxe Reverb with Celestion V30 speaker

Cables: George L's.


Mirage Compressor

Boss DM-3 Delay

Power: Truetone CS6