NAH Guitars Telstar 2 Custom 2021 Poplar Burl Yellow - Red Burst

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Imagine if you can, the secret love child of Les Paul, Leo Fender and Rick Turner. Now pick yourself up of the floor and meet the Telstar 2. This guitar has the solid neck joint of a Les Paul, the radiused body of a Model 1 and a shape inspired by a telecaster. By making the body from two, oppositely radiused pieces of wood, combined with a set neck and stacked heel, this guitar produces extraordinary sustain and warmth as well as a range of different tones.

This guitar combines a piezo pickup in the bridge with a coil tapped humbucker in a rotating ring at the neck. Each pickup can be selected individually or together using the three way switch, or blended with a custom potentiometer and pre-amp circuit to create an almost infinate number of tones.


The body of this guitar is made from two separate pieces of wood. The mahogany back was radiused, chambered to reduce weight, and a poplar burl cap steam treated and bent over the back. The back and top were stained to reveal the natural grain of the wood. The body was sealed and finished with a clear, durable polyurethane finish.


The neck is made from maple, laminated with walnut. The rosewood fret board has brass, eccentric fret markers and a dual action truss rod, accessed from the headstock but hidden with a cover that matches the top. A big cat inlay marks the 12th fret. Hipshot locking tuners provide excellent tuning stability and wide Nickel-Silver fret wire is used and complemented with a hand-carved bone nut. The neck has 24 frets and uses a 24.75 inch or 628 mm (Gibson) scale. The neck has a stacked heel made of maple and mahogany, sandwiched with ebony veneer, and is joined to the body with a hidden tenon for strength and sustain. The action is low and together with the glossy finish, has a very pleasing feel that is easy to play.

Pickups and Hardware

The Telstar 2 uses a Hot Slag Humbucking pickup from Iron Gear in the neck position. It is mounted in a circular holder made from bubinga that allows the pickup to be rotated to adjust the tone. This high gain pickup produces a beautiful warm, clean sound at low volumes but generates absolute filth when the gain is increased. The pickup can be coil-tapped with a push-pull volume pot. A three-way switch allows selection between the neck pickup and a piezo pickup integrated into the tunomatic bridge. A push-pull switch on the tone potentiometer switches in a blending potentiometer that allows the contribution of neck and bridge pickups to be blended, allowing a huge range of sounds from heavy rock, to jazz to 6 and 12 string acoustic sounds. This is a very versatile guitar that is a pleasure to play.

The guitar ships with a hard case or padded gig bag if you prefer. The shipping cost includes insurance.

The video links to a similar guitar that I made for the great guitar build off 2021. The shape is different but the otherwise the guitar is quite similar and you can get an idea of the types of sounds the guitar can produce. 

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