The chuncaster is a unique guitar, designed to specification for Tristan Dales of the band IKARI: it combines classic t-style looks, a rich mix of black korina wood and gold hardware, and a pure rock sound that will surprise those who assume all teles must twang.
This was our first full commission, and we started as ever with the sound: Tristan wanted the Seymour Duncan hot rails pickup, famous for its rich metal sounds that suit his style of music, which we then paired with a Symour Duncan stacked vintage to provide a range of tonal options (the mix of the two pickups being the luthier’s favourite on this build).
Next came the looks: Tristan wanted something distictive with lots of natural wood and gold hardware; he also specified a maple neck to provide something different from his other go-to guitar, a PRS Custom 24. To provide the wood we sourced a beautifully textured slab of black korina (an African hardwood similar to mahogany) that forms the heart of this instrument. For the gold hardware, we went all in: most gold equipped guitars still have steel or nickel frets, but we fitted EVO gold frets and recapped the neck pickup to ensure it was 100% gold.
Put together the result is something special, that lets Tristan and IKARI channel their unique sound, as you can see here in the video for their single Ghosts:
Body Black Korina, oil finished
Neck Maple with Gold EVO fretwire, oil finished
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan Stacked Vintage (recapped in gold)
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan Hot Rails
Tuners Gold vintage style
Wiring Standard T-style configuration