Magazine article Guitar Player

Setups of the Stars: Bill Frisell

Magazine article Guitar Player

Setups of the Stars: Bill Frisell

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Known amongst many guitarists as the guitar player's guitar player--and an extraordinary gentleman, to boot--Bill Frisell has set many standards for tone and style. I went to his gig expecting to see his trademark Klein electric, and was surprised to see a very stock-looking 1974 Fender Telecaster. Frisell explained he had only owned the guitar for a couple of months, and he was still feeling out what he wanted to do with it.

In its current incarnation, the Tele was set up by Seattle repair guy Mike Lull with its neck relict on the straight side--under 1/64"--and the string height over the 12th fret at 5/64". Over the first fret, the string height is 1/64". The stock, 7 1/2" radius rosewood fretboard still has the original .083" wide frets, but they have been milled down to a very low .030". (Frisell is hoping for a ferret with slightly larger frets as soon as he can spare the guitar. …

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