Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster: Mick’s New Guitar [Sounds, Setup, Mods & More]

Published 9 Jul 2021

Mick takes us through the first couple of weeks with his new Telecaster. Yep, a Telecaster!

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Welcome to the show! I’m flying solo in this episode as Dan finishes up moving house and all that it entails. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on progress with a new guitar acquisition, the Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster.
As I explain in the video, I’ve always loved Teles but it’s become ‘Dan’s guitar’ as far as TPS is concerned so I rarely play one these days. But when Fender announced this, I didn’t hesitate.
It’s a long video with a lot of detail. The usual thing from us, ha!

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Disclosure info: I purchased this guitar personally (ie That Pedal Show did not buy it) from Andertons, with a trade/staff discount. Fender have neither asked nor paid me to make this video.

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

Signal order for the board:
Tweedy, OD9, D&M Drive, split…
Harmonious Monk, then Vent, both to Deluxe Reverb only
Delay and reverb stereo to both amps
(All the drive pedals hit both amps)
TheGigRig G3 Atom takes care of all signal routing, splits wet/dry/parallel and stereo
Tweedy is outside of G3, before loop 1. TS808 is loop 1, D&M Drive is loop 2, Monk in 3, Vent in 4, delay in 5, reverb in 6. Switch numbers are +1. Confusing huh?!

• Schmidt Array SA525 pedalboard

• Boss TU-3S Tuner
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• Dan Drive Tweedy 5E8-A
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• Maxon OD9 Analgman Mod with Bad Bob Boost

• Keeley D&M Drive
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• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk
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• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II
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• Free The Tone Future Factory FF-1Y RF Phase Modulated Delay
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• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978
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• TheGigRig G3 Atom

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Where’s Dan? And intro…
1:17 New Guitar Day!
2:23 An unboxing, really?!
4:20 Mick and Teles, Dan’s guitar?
8:25 Why choose the Isbell Tele?
10:09 Initial impressions and ‘moans’
14:29 PLAYING – plug in for the first time
21:58 Comparison with Dan’s Red
24:35 Saddles, intonation, grumbles
29:39 Fret polish & fingerboard oil
33:30 Nut slot attention
38:00 The case for new saddles
41:00 Fitting the new saddles & bridge
45:00 The screws don’t fit!
46:35 Setting the action and intonation
49:03 Intonation better now?
50:03 PLAYING – full rig schwang
56:57 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster

• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster

Amps in this episode
• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb 1x12 combo

• Victory VC35 The Copper and VC212 cab

• Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo

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