Jet, Caldera, 2004


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Translucent Purple
Ebony with inlays
Seymour Duncan Pickups
The Story Behind


About the Builder:

Jeffrey Earle T. is another fine luthier from North Carolina (as is our friend Terry McInturff).

He has always been interested in building electric guitars. He was screwing down used guitar strings on wood scraps & amplifying them with old tape heads as a kid before he even learned to play. Although he didn’t start out with a career in this field, he spent a long time constantly on the watch for an opportunity to make a living from his designs, innovations & craftsmanship. In 2000 he started doing it full-time as a single craftsman. He has set up an efficient system for a one-man shop, capable of producing 50 guitars per year. JET Guitars embody several bona-fide innovations. The often-copied Caribbean Burst color was first done on JET Guitars. The exclusive peak in the top joint adds more depth to the resonance, because it results in a much more complex sonic refraction pattern than the flat joint used by everyone else. A brass plate attached to the end of the fingerboard serves as the 24th fret. This keeps the neck pickup in the same position as it would be on a 22-fret guitar, while providing 24 playable frets. The output jackplate is recessed into an angled bevel and points upward, so JET players never have to hook their cable over the strap button. Direct mounted pickups are trimmed with exotic hardwood, instead of leaving the pickup tab holes showing as is done so frequently.

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About the Guitar:

The JEET Caldera has a classic single cut body shape and cool 4-knob control layout that makes guitar lovers light-headed with desire. And at at seven 1/2 pounds, its a lot easier to perform with. The ultra sleek neck heel makes string bending at the 22nd fret possible, or even at the 24th - try to find a 'Paul that has that! The tone control for the bridge pickup uses a smaller capacitor value than other tone controls, giving a primal, throaty sound, instead of the usual jazzbox treble rolloff tone. Also built in is a Push/Pull pot for single coil sounds. Transparent ebony stain on the back is standard.

Like its sister the Earlewood, the Caldera is built with a radiused top over a peaked body, and a set three-piece maple neck. It also has through-stringing, the angled recessed jack, and the brass endfret.

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