Video Culture, Inc. got a fabulous donation!!!

Luthier Carson Hess donated this amazing replica of Danny Gatton’s 1953 Telecaster!! The work and detail is astounding… We are so greatly honored and grateful by this incredible and generous donation to our campaign!!

 Carson Hess -Luthier   – carsonhess81@gmail.com

All of the parts are reproductions that have been artificially aged by myself to replicate the wear and patina on Danny’s original 1953 Tele. All materials used are as close to original Fender specifications as possible, but this is not a Fender guitar.

The neck is Maple and made by “All-Parts” – it has the fat, baseball bat profile (about .98″ thick at the first fret, 1″ at the 12th fret) 9.5″ radius, 6105 frets, complete with 3mm Cubic Zirconium side dot markers.

Bone nut- which I cut to accommodate .10-.46 guitar strings, but the guitar currently has an .11-.50 set on it and it still plays great

Kluson vintage style nickel tuners.   The body is a 2-piece ash that I cut from my own personal wood supply.

Body sprayed in era correct nitrocellulose lacquer “blonde” finish. Genuine Bakelite pick guard.

Fender bridge plate with serial number “4883” and vintage style brass saddles.

It has the “Greasers Halloween Car Show October 1988” trophy plate that was mounted below the bridge plate of Danny’s guitar

Custom fabricated stainless steel “Magic Dingus” plate with engine-turned finish (plate is removable) This plate covers Roger Miller’s signature that was carved into the top of the guitar

Era correct domed top chrome volume/tone knobs. chrome control plate.

Joe Barden Engineering “Danny Gatton” signature pickup set  (These are the newer models made by Joe Barden Engineering)

Standard 3-way Tele wiring.   Vitamin T .47 paper in oil capacitor. 250 K Emerson pro CTS volume pot- extra smooth turning, great for doing volume swells.

1 Meg tone pot. CRL 3-way switch with bent switch tip.

I’ve also included a vintage (super rare!) Fender model “358” heavy gauge white guitar pick- Just like Danny used!

The guitar is a well-balanced weight of 6.8 lbs. Tweed hard-shelled thermometer guitar case.

This guitar sounds great!

Carson Hess – Luthier