The new Rees T3 guitar has been developed and is being made in Cambridge, England. This guitar has been designed for those who want all three of the authentic 1954 single coil sounds, as well as powerful modern humbucker versions of that charismatic bright twang and grit. Since the 1970s, replacing the neck single coil pickup of T like guitars with a humbucker has been a popular customization. But such guitars then suffer from the loss of the original neck pickup voice. The humbucker tends to sound like a different voice. The T3 overcomes these problems by using 3 vintage replica single coil pickups, and using them with innovative control circuits to create both vintage correct T voices and closely related fuller humbucker voices.
An original designed body of selected korina or mahogany hard tone-woods features a wrap-around bridge providing longer sustain and rich woody tone. The scratch-plate is 6mm solid figured maple, not cheap plastic, creating more musical resonance with long sustain as well as beauty. During development a vintage "ash-tray" style bridge was tried and had inferior sustain and tone to the chosen wraparound bridge.
The T3 has 3 different voice modes. In each mode there are 3 different pickup selections from neck to bridge.
1) Vintage compatible. The neck and/or bridge pickups are used. The middle pickup is not used. The voices will be familiar 1950s style, using accurately constructed vintage replica pickups.
2) Phased coils. The middle pickup is added out-of-phase to the neck and/or bridge pickups. Good for special effects.
3) Humbuckers. The middle pickup is added in serial humbucker manner to the neck and/or bridge pickups. This provides 3 bright T-like sounds, but with more power, longer sustain, fuller fatter tone, and more punch. It is considerably more convincing than simply replacing the neck single-coil pickup with a conventional humbucker. (Several different humbuckers were tried during development).