Teye Guitars Gypsy Queen Artisan “Hieronymous Bosch” ART-021

This Teye Gypsy Queen Artisan features the Spanish Cedar body and set Maple neck with a hand-engraved backplate, faceplate, and headstock plate by Teye engraver Chorla. Also features a Rosewood fretboard, Hipshot tremolo, Grover Mini-Rotomatic tuners, a Shipwreck finish and four Lollar singlecoils wired to Teye’s specs to work with his proprietary Mojo circuitry.

The inspiration for this guitar; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieronymus_Bosch

Gypsy Queen Conception
Teye said: “I’m a big fan of Jimi Hendrix, of what he stood for, of his beautiful music and of course his breath-taking guitar playing. And I’ve always wondered why the Jimi-impersonators always play a regular Strat. Jimi himself favored a whole bunch of guitars, recorded the iconic ‘Hey Joe’ on Noel’s Telecaster, and used Flying V’s and an SG Custom for the thicker sounds. Nonetheless, of course his main axe was always a flipped-over Strat, and he got the biggest tone out of that Strat that you can imagine.

Jimi could have gotten any number of Left Handed Strats from the Fender factory for free, if he had so chosen. He opted for the so-called ‘CBS’ version, Right Handed, and swapped the nut around and re-strung them and ‘flipped them over’ to be his main stage guitars.

The Strat is by no means a symmetrical guitar. When you flip it over and re-string it, you are dealing with a radically different beast. Several half-way flipped-over normal Strats have been marketed over the years, with disappointing results. So I made one for myself, a full-blown LH Strat, and flipped it over, to see how it would compare. The TONE was so magical that I dubbed it the Astro-Caster, as backwards-for-Strat and in hommage to that great Jimi song ‘Astro Man’ (yeah check out the lyrics to that one…)

When you look at any grand-piano, you’ll notice that the low strings are long, and the high strings are short. Look at any jazz guitar, and the tailpieces tend to have the low strings long, and the high strings short, just like the corresponding wave lengths. To this day I wonder why on average six-a-side headstocks the high strings are long and the low strings are short…

Also, on the Fender style bridge pickups, the high strings sound like ice picks, because of the slant of these pickups. When you reverse the slant, the high strings mellow out while the low strings gain definition.

  • Model: Teye Gypsy Queen Artisan “Hieronymous Bosch” ART-021
  • Body: Select Spanish Cedar
  • Neck: Select Maple (Setneck)
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood w/ 24 Frets
  • Scale: 25.5″
  • Inlay: Teye-Inlay in Mother-of-Pearl
  • Tuners: Grover Mini-Rotomatics
  • Pick-ups: 4 Jason Lollar Single-Coils
  • Electronics: Volume, Tone, & Mojo
  • Tremolo: Hipshot
  • Hand-Engraved Frontplate, Backplate & Headstock Plates
  • Hand-Rubbed Oil Finish
  • Hand-Made in USA