The Slick SL55 is the ULTIMATE modded Tele.
What's the formula for incredible Tele sound?? Oh how about using the BEST wood... The BEST hardware...The BEST tuners....The BEST pickups...And finish it off with the thinnest finish, hand massaged to give you the warm, silky, old-school feel of a guitar that's been on tour for a while.
Yeah that's how we do it.
DO NOT underestimate this guitar just because it's so ridiculously affordable. Look- This is the real deal. Designed by Earl Slick in his New York studio. Each body is swamp ash. Necks are Canadian Hard Rock Maple. Fingerboards are solid Maple or Black Walnut. This is a serious recipe for tone.
Hardware? You want Hardware? Slick spec'd out the best. It all starts with our wraparound bridge- machined from a solid billet of BRASS- No finish. Raw. Naked. Nude.
The knob is a machined brass billet piece as well. Just one volume, but an elongated control cavity so you can add a tone control if you want.
The tuners are our own design, with a bronze crown gear and bronze pinion gear and SOLID BRASS knob- the result is a tuner with basically NO backlash. It's smooth and very accurate, and you'll stay in tune!
We put a graphite nut on every neck, hand slotted. The tilt-back headstock allows us to get the exact correct string break at the nut for ALL SIX STRINGS, and no string trees mean better tuning stability.
Here's where the fun part starts- We're running a Gibson-Standard 24 3/4" scale length for a bit thicker sound, and a 43mm wide nut and a 12" fretboard radius. The neck has twenty two nickel-silver 6105 profile medium jumbo frets, leveled, crowned and polished.
Where the Slick SL55 really distinguishes itself is with the PICKUPS. We're running a pair of our GF'Trons- the "Hard Vintage" set. Like a great old "Gretsch" guitar, these have all the jangle, all the "Kerrang" and plenty of meat. With the shorter scale neck it's a tremendous combination! YES these are Kwikplug so you can swap pickups to ANY of our GFS stuff without soldeirng.
The feel and vibe is enhanced and preserved by the completely unique way that we finish Slick guitars. The solid ash body is NOT wood grain filled. It is NOT sealed. NO Polyurethane fillers. It's raw. We spray a single coat of old fashioned automotive paint and sand it back. The pores don't get clogged so the wood can breathe. It works. It sounds better. Louder. Fuller. You can feel it instantly.