Asher Custom Slidecaster T Lap Steel Electric Guitar (2007)

Asher  Custom Slidecaster T Lap Steel Electric Guitar  (2007)

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Asher Custom Slidecaster T Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (2007), made in Los Angeles, California, serial # 335, blonde lacquer finish, ash body with flame maple fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

Bill Asher is a California luthier who is not only an exceptional craftsman but also clearly not afraid to think outside the box. This "Slidecaster", as its name suggests, combines elements of a Fender Telecaster into a lap steel with a totally distinctive sound and style. This is something of a corollary to Asher's Ben Harper signature model, which combines this Weissenborn-inspired solid body shape with many design elements of a sunburst Les Paul.

This instrument is a custom-ordered guitar hand built in 2007 by Bill Asher, not one of the currently made imported versions of his solid lap steel designs. It is fitted and finished in vintage Telecaster fashion with a blonde swamp-ash body and flame maple fingerboard. The pickups, bridge, and controls are Tele-styled, with Joe Barden dual-rail pickups and the Barden Telecaster bridge assembly. The guitar is wired in standard Tele fashion except the switch functions are in reverse of the normal scheme, selecting the bridge pickup when fully forward.

This is a very unique guitar, in practically unplayed condition. It was finished as part of a set with #334 and hand-signed by Bill Asher in 2007 and appears little used since. The sounds are quite versatile for a slide guitar, and the Telecaster character of the sound is quite pronounced. If this is your dreamboat, don't let it sail away!
 
Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/8 in. (54 mm.).

This guitar shows only light handling marks and appears little played since new. It comes in the original specially adapted Cedar Creek hardshell case with the original warranty card paperwork. Near Mint Condition.