The Praise model was initially constructed for the worship leader at my home church. I would often play a Montarado Viola for weekend services and he would comment that he'd like to get his hands on one of my "sweet Telly guitars" someday. So when the time came for him to place an order, I created this semi-hollow body design that would hold up to his worldwide travel demands while still keeping that "sweet" attitude he first admired.
The Praise model features an acoustic guitar's appointments and an electric's size (and attitude). It's the best of both worlds.
Unique to this guitar is the intonated LR Baggs Hexaphonic piezo pickups, inlayed into a custom machined solid ebony bridge. I developed this technique to securely seat all the saddles, creating a very strong and organic acoustic sound. The piezo pickups can be split, switched or combined with the onboard passive electric pickups for a huge variety of tones.
- Top: Engelmann spruce
- Back / Sides: Alder
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Bridge: Ebony, with inlayed and intonated pickups
- Tailpiece: Through-body with string ferruels
- Pickups: Passive - Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue
Active - LR Baggs Hexaphonic with Control-X