Now What’s on the Tele?

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Laurie saw this cute Western Hognose Snake in the bedroom, and called me in to catch it. I presume Sasha brought it inside since she was in the bedroom when Laurie saw the snake. It showed no bite marks or other signs of injuries.

When Sasha brings lizards in the house, they are rarely injured. She is very gentle with the critters she catches. Likewise, when Silver catches bunnies and gophers, he carries them like a mama kitty carries kittens. He often brings his catches inside, so I end up chasing bunnies and gophers all over the house before I get them out.

Mr. Hognose was very calm, felt right at home, and he was very cooperative doing a photo shoot on the Train Tele. If you missed the original “What’s on the Tele?” post, you can see it at https://wp.me/p1yQyy-4BG.

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What’s on the Tele?

My friend Joel Lewis started building a custom Telecaster-style guitar, got it mostly built, and then gave it to me to finish. I put a Zebra-style Humbucker pickup at the neck instead of the standard single coil pickup normally installed at the neck of Telecaster guitars, so it has a different sound than a standard Telecaster.

Joel painted the guitar blue, but then we started discussing possibilities for the body. I sent him an image of a Telecaster guitar with the Sandias and a Sand Hill Crane on it that I had created as a mock-up. Then Joel suggested I do something with a Santa Fe Super Chief locomotive and a New Mexico Zia symbol. I found a nice stylized Zia symbol, a decent photo of a Super Chief locomotive, created the design, printed the images on vinyl skins and put the skins on the guitar.

The music video is a medley of three different songs with trains that cover different genres of music. I modified the lyrics a bit in each song to go with the Tele. You will probably recognize at least one, if not all three, of the songs.