Ron Thorn Namm Creations

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Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by Ben17e » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:38 pm

Not sure how many of you are aware but the awesome boutique builder Ron Thorn is now a Fender Custom Shop Master Builder. If you check out his Instagram, he is doing a lot of things for Namm I think this forum would take interest in (or adamantly reject). Some highlights:
A new tremolo based on a slightly smaller looking Jag/Jazz trem plate. I'm not quite sure how it works but based on the route it is a smaller footprint it appears.

A new version of his C/S(California Special) which features this design as well as some teles that do. The C/S is an offset stratish looking thing. I have a soft carve version with his gt pickguard which I much prefer to the Namm variant but it will be interesting to see if Fender makes this shape into it's production line up at any point.

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Check out the woodprint carved tele and tarot engraved. These two are just over the top showpieces but super cool. The woodprint was done by a different artist for the design but it's pretty crazy looking.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by Larry Mal » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:22 pm

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by mackerelmint » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:56 pm

That new vibrato's interesting. I wonder what the internals are like, how stable tuning is, and all that kind of stuff.

Though I see that rotten looking custom shop bridge is showing its hideous face again. Wish it wouldn't. Those things are like lumps of shit sitting on top of a fancy meal.
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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by HNB » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:20 pm

Kinda reminds me of a Peavey Raptor....

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by mbene085 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:33 pm

The new trem interests me. It looks like a Mustang cigar tube built into a smaller JM plate. It works well visually for guitars with smaller bodies.
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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:35 pm

dont care about the guitars but the trem is interesting. im curious as to how it works.
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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by Stephen_42 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:54 pm

Oooh Fender trying something innovative with the vibrato? Awesome! Perhaps they've been listening to this forum!

That offset stratish body I cool too.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by countertext » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:03 am

Looks like the vibrato is through-body like a Strat.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by leokula » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:06 am

Love the vibrato and the california special!
Jaguar > Jazzmaster :)

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by kimson » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:29 am

Damn, that vibrato looks awesome. And this is probably the first time I'm seeing gold foils in a Fender. Not bad at all.

So now we've got, what, 3 and a 1/2 alternatives to the JM/Jag vibrato (incl. no-name copies)?

- this
- Mastery
- Halon
- Swope

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by 601210 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:12 am

kimson wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:29 am
Damn, that vibrato looks awesome. And this is probably the first time I'm seeing gold foils in a Fender. Not bad at all.

So now we've got, what, 3 and a 1/2 alternatives to the JM/Jag vibrato (incl. no-name copies)?

- this
- Mastery
- Halon
- Swope
I wouldn't call it an alternative. This one probably wouldn't bolt on to an existing Jazzmaster like the other 3 would (yeah there's the alternative Mastery shape, but it fits in the same cavity, no?).

These look like the guitar has to be built with it in mind.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:26 am

The California Special looks pretty cool, but that upper horn looks twice as big than necessary.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by ThePearDream » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:41 am

I really like that California Special, it reminds me of the Fender Sergio Vallin signature, but done way better. I can't wait to find out more about that trem too.

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Re: Ron Thorn Namm Creations

Post by tribi9 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:44 am

timtam wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:37 pm
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs1khoKHc84/
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Inspired by vintage Japanese, Fender inspired designs.
Is this signature offset?

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