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Tella - DJ Williams Signature Model

ETA: Reserve yours today for the batch arriving into stock in the Fall / Winter 2018.
$555.00
The PHRED instruments Tella gets its inspiration from an iconic guitar design from the 1950s, the Fender Telecaster. The body features a dual humbucker pickup setup with a custom rectangular pickup mounting plate, along with a 3-way pickup selector for various tone combinations! Our Tella guitar features a full 2-octave fingerboard (24 frets) and a set-neck design for improved sustain. Tella is professionally setup with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings, and the frets are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. DJ Williams plays a Tella guitar with the following upgrades added: Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, USA Electronics and Rewiring, Schaller Tuners, and a Gotoh Bridge. Choose from the upgrade options below to customize your Tella today!

Protect your guitar with a G&G Quality Hard Shell Case, custom made for PHRED instruments guitars. Case dimensions are approximately 42"x15"x4".

G&G Quality Hard Shell Case

Re-wire the entire guitar with vintage cloth wiring, CTS pots, Orange Drop Capacitor, Switchcraft output jack, and a CRL 3-way pickup lever switch.  This option also adds a push-pull toggle on the tone knob for split-coil operation on both humbuckers (pull up on the knob for split-coil).  In addition to upgrading your tone, you'll get smoother turning knobs and a more fluid pickup toggle selector.
USA Re-wire and Upgrade Electronics

Replace the stock bone nut with a brass nut to enhance the guitar's natural sustain and brightness.
Brass Nut

Replaces the stock pickups with Seymour Duncan pickups. Four-conductor wiring and no logo on the pickups.

'59 Pickups (SH-1) Stag Mag Pickups (SH-3)
Seymour Duncan '59 pickups Seymour Duncan Stag Mag SH-3 Pickups

 

Replace the standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller or Gotoh 6-inline, chrome tuning machine heads.
Schaller M6 Tuning Machine Heads on PHRED instruments Guitars

Choose between the standard stopbar tailpiece or our custom made pH Tailpiece, available in brass or chrome plated aluminum.

pH Tailpiece

Replace the stock tune-o-matic bridge with one of the following options.
Gotoh Chrome Bridge

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Body
The body features a dual humbucker pickup setup with a custom rectangular pickup mounting plate, along with a 3-way pickup selector for various tone combinations!  There is one master volume and one master tone knob, allowing you to dial in tone that goes from dark and muddy to crisp and bright.  There is a single 1/4" standard guitar output jack on the bottom side of the body.  On the back of the guitar, there is a small rear access panel to gain access to the electronics cavity.  The top of the guitar has a burl maple veneer, which adds to the uniqueness of each Tella guitar.  We offer an optional custom hard shell case to go with the Tella guitar.

Neck
The maple core set neck is attached to the body using very strong wood glue.  The back of the neck contour is a C-shape that feels somewhere in between a strat and an LP neck, not too thin, and not too chunky either.  The 2-octave ebony fingerboard has 24 medium jumbo frets which are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth feel along the edge of the fretboard.  The fretboard features a 12 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom pearloid inlays inspired by the 15th fret inlay of Doug Irwin's iconic Tiger guitar.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain, and black binding all around the fingerboard for a uniform look and feel. The tilt-back 6-inline headstock shape is a PHRED instruments trademark design.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Weight Approximately 7 lbs
Body Wood Mahogany
Bridge Style Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style 1950s style
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding Black with White Dots
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding None
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 5-way Pickup Toggle
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 6 lbs
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The setup is great, sounds awesome.
Wow the Tella arrived and let me tell you It rocks. The setup is great, sounds awesome. Thank you so much...
by: Guest | 3/1/2017 9:26 PM
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DJ Williams Signature Model = LOVE
I saw Karl Denson's Tiny Universe for the first time last year. DJ Williams, one of their guitarists, was playing a Gibson 335. Outstanding show, and I was embarrassed that I had missed out on these guys for so long as I have known about them for years without seeing them play live. After that show the Gibson 335 was on my list of guitars to obtain someday.

About one year later I saw them again. This time, DJ was playing something I had never seen before. He absolutely melted my face clear off my skull several times during that show. I really wanted to know what it was, so after the show I approached DJ to inquire. I asked him what he was playing, and he grabbed his Tella and said, "This is my Phred Tella, my signature model." He took the time to talk to me about it despite needing to tear down his rig. I was MOST appreciative to meet him, shake his hand, and check out his guitar! Such a cool experience.

About ONE week later I purchased my Tella with the same upgrades as DJ (USA re-wiring   upgraded electronics, '59 Seymour Duncan pick ups, Schaller M6 tuners, and Gotoh Tune-o-Matic bridge). I really cannot express how much I LOVE this guitar. I have been playing a PRS Custom 24 for 20  years now and I am liking this guitar MORE!! Definitely playing it far more often than the PRS. Those '59 SD pick ups get nasty when you dig in. The sustain is terrific and the split coil feature is very nice. The guitar plays like a dream, stays in tune, and is absolutely gorgeous. I really could not be happier with my purchase of the Phred Tella (DJ Williams Signature Model)!
by: James Weston | 5/30/2018 10:09 PM
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Guitar setup

Professional Setup and Feel

To ensure that we deliver high quality playability and tone, one of our master guitar techs in the Los Angeles area meticulously inspects your guitar from headstock to the bottom strap button, and performs a setup to make your PHRED guitar feel comfortable to play. You can look forward to smooth level frets without any sharp edges, low string action, and adjusted intonation.  If you have a specific request for your guitar setup, just let us know.  All upgrade options are installed by our techs in Los Angeles while your guitar is getting a setup.

 

Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We believe the best way to try out a PHRED guitar is to play one in your own home with your amp and your effects pedals. To make that possible for you, your PHRED guitar includes a 21-day money back guarantee.  It's really simple.  If you are not happy with your PHRED guitar within 21 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a full refund (see below).

 

Left Handed guitars by PHRED instruments

Custom Builds for Left Handed Guitar Players

We do custom builds for left handed guitar players. In the Additional Notes text area above, just type in that you would like this guitar made left-handed.  There is no additional charge for left handed Phred guitars, but expect a 4-6 month build time. 

 

Shipping Options for PHRED guitars
Shipping Methods

If you live inside the continental USA, your guitar will ship via UPS Ground. If you live in Hawaii, your guitar will likely ship UPS 3 day. If you live outside of the USA, your guitar will likely ship via the United States Post Office. You may request FedEx shipping if you prefer FedEx delivery.

 

Package Tracking

Shipping Notification via Email

All guitars ship with a tracking number which will be emailed to you at the time of shipping. You will receive one email from PHRED instruments and possibly a second or third email from the shipping company and/or the place from which you purchased if it was other than the PHRED instruments website.

 

Phred International Shipping
International Shipping and Delivery Charges

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout for international shipping. If you live outside the USA, there may be additional import charges added at the time you receive your guitar. These charges are unknown to PHRED instruments, LLC, and will not be reimbursed by PHRED instruments, LLC.

 

Packaging without a Case
Packaging (without a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside a foam sleeve which is placed inside a corrugated guitar box with Styrofoam support for the guitar neck and bubble wrap around the bottom, top and sides of the guitar. The guitar box is sealed with clear tape and then wrapped with a second layer of corrugated cardboard and sealed with clear tape to add stability and strength to the shipping box.

 

Packaging with Case
Packaging (with a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside the hardshell case, the hardshell case is placed inside a plastic sleeve, and then placed inside a shipping box with cardboard end pieces, providing a protective air gap.

 


 

Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

We truly want you to be happy with your guitar purchase, but if you decide you'd like to return the guitar for any reason, please read below and contact us to initiate a return request.

Note: A full refund is the price you paid for your guitar plus the price you paid for shipping. Returns shipped from within the continental USA will be provided a pre-paid UPS ground shipping label upon request.

For returns shipped within the continental USA:

In order to receive a full refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

For returns shipped outside of the continental USA or returns past 21 days:

If your guitar was shipped to a location outside of the continental USA or if you would like to return your guitar after 21 days from delivery but within 30 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a refund of the price you paid for the guitar. Shipping charges will not be refunded and you will be responsible for the shipping charges to return the guitar.

In order to receive a refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

 

 

Damaged Package

What to do if there is Damaged upon Delivery

While it is extremely rare, there is a plan in place just in case things go wrong with the delivery. If your shipping box arrives with damage to the box (holes, tears, cuts, etc.), please take pictures of the box and email those photos to us. If possible, please also contact UPS (1-800-PICK-UPS) immediately to report it. If the guitar arrives with damage as well, please contact us immediately to arrange for a return request. We will need to setup a damage claim request with UPS and either tell UPS to pickup the package from your location, or have you return the package back to us.

This guitar is temporarily sold out!

 

PHRED instruments guitars are built in small batches. Almost every guitar in production is spoken for by the time they arrive in stock.


PHRED instruments Pre-order

 

How long does it take for a production run to be completed?

Usually it takes anywhere from 2-6 months for a production run to be complete.  What determines that time frame is usually the total amount of guitars in the production run, time to source materials, hardware and electronics, and unexpected delays. Contact us to learn more about our production schedule.

 

Reserve your guitar from the next batch by pre-ordering today!

By pre-ordering this guitar, your pre-order is placed into our queue system explained below.  When your guitar arrives in stock, we will setup and install any options you selected, and then we'll ship out your guitar.  Pre-orders are processed in the order in which they were received.   

 

Understanding our queue system

 

Pre-Order Queue

When your order is in the pre-order queue, it means that your guitar is currently in production or waiting to begin production.

 

Queued

When your order is queued, it means that your guitar has come in to stock and is now waiting to be pulled from the shelf to go for a setup.

 

Setup

When your order is in the setup queue, it means that your guitar has been pulled from the shelf and is with a guitar tech waiting to be setup.

 

Shipping Queue

When your order is in the shipping queue, it means that your guitar is waiting to be boxed up and shipped out. Guitars are typically boxed up and shipped out on Monday or Friday and tracking information will be emailed to you when your guitar ships out.

Look for these 5 features on many PHRED instruments guitars.

 

 

 

24 frets on PHRED instruments Guitars

24 frets

While most electric guitars have only 22 frets, PHRED instruments guitars give you an extra two frets on the fretboard, providing a full 2 octaves on each string. We believe that 24 frets helps you more easily locate your position when playing above the 12th fret and provide better access to the higher frets when soloing.

 

Set Neck on PHRED instruments Guitars

Set Neck

A set neck is glued in rather than screwed in to the guitar body. As a result, a set neck will transfer more of the string vibrations to the guitar body, producing a more warm and resonant tone with more girth and sustain.

 

3 Humbuckers on PHRED instruments Guitars

3 Humbucker Pickups

While many guitars have just 1 or 2 pickups, we believe that a 3 humbucker setup opens up the pallet to guitar tones you might otherwise never get the chance to play. Almost all of our guitars feature a triple humbucker setup with split-coil switches, however, we also recognize the unique tone of playing with true single coils and so we offer them as well on some of our guitars.

 

Mini Toggles on PHRED instruments Guitars

Split-coil Toggles

If a guitar has a humbucker pickup, we believe that it should also have split-coil mini-toggle switch. Splitting the coils on a humbucker reveals a single-coil pickup tone, allowing you to get two tones from one pickup at the flick of a switch. Split-coil toggles are found on almost all of our guitars that have humbuckers.

 

Built-in Pre-amp on PHRED instruments Guitars

Built-in Preamp

Behind the scenes, a built-in preamp (unity gain buffer) maintains and improves the tone of the guitar pickups as the sound travels along the guitar cable to fx pedals and amplifier. All of our guitars that have an On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) also have a built-in preamp.

 

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Description

Body
The body features a dual humbucker pickup setup with a custom rectangular pickup mounting plate, along with a 3-way pickup selector for various tone combinations!  There is one master volume and one master tone knob, allowing you to dial in tone that goes from dark and muddy to crisp and bright.  There is a single 1/4" standard guitar output jack on the bottom side of the body.  On the back of the guitar, there is a small rear access panel to gain access to the electronics cavity.  The top of the guitar has a burl maple veneer, which adds to the uniqueness of each Tella guitar.  We offer an optional custom hard shell case to go with the Tella guitar.

Neck
The maple core set neck is attached to the body using very strong wood glue.  The back of the neck contour is a C-shape that feels somewhere in between a strat and an LP neck, not too thin, and not too chunky either.  The 2-octave ebony fingerboard has 24 medium jumbo frets which are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth feel along the edge of the fretboard.  The fretboard features a 12 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom pearloid inlays inspired by the 15th fret inlay of Doug Irwin's iconic Tiger guitar.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain, and black binding all around the fingerboard for a uniform look and feel. The tilt-back 6-inline headstock shape is a PHRED instruments trademark design.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Weight Approximately 7 lbs
Body Wood Mahogany
Bridge Style Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style 1950s style
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding Black with White Dots
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding None
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 5-way Pickup Toggle
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 6 lbs
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