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Field-Testing the Fender American Elite Telecaster Guitar

The Jerrys at Mama and Me Pizzeria 9/28/18

Last month I had the opportunity to field-test my new guitar, a black Fender American Elite Telecaster. The Elite is the best guitar I’ve ever owned. The first time I picked it up, I felt as though Fender had made the guitar just for me, perfect in every way. I couldn’t wait to use it at an upcoming show at Mama and Me Pizzeria.

Several songs into our set, however, I noticed that the first string had slipped out of both the nut and the string guide. As my style more closely resembles Pete Townsend’s than Segovia’s, I assumed the fault was mine and placed the string back where it belonged. No biggie—until it happened again. And again. In all, I must have repositioned the string a dozen times that night (it was the only guitar I’d brought). My “perfect” guitar had failed the test.

String Guide Placement

After more research than I care to admit, I concluded that Fender’s factory placement of the string guide did not provide adequate pressure on the string to keep it in the nut, at least for my playing style. In Fenderspeak, the guide had been placed in the “’50s Telecaster” position on the Elite instead of the “’60s Telecaster” position level with the A string tuner. Additionally, the fix seemed like something that even I could do, so I did it.

Fender American Elite Telecaster headstock with repositioned string guide

Since moving the string guide to the ’60s Telecaster position, I’ve played at full throttle, almost daring the string to come out of place. So far, the issue appears to be resolved, and the modification left only a small hole in the headstock where the guide had been originally. Field-testing of the American Elite Telecaster resumes at our next show.

The Jerrys at Mama and Me Pizzeria and More

The Jerrys drums logo by ScottyRocks

It’s been a busy summer! As we welcome this first day of fall, here’s the latest news regarding The Jerrys:

  • On September 28 at 8:30 pm, The Jerrys will play at Mama and Me Pizzeria in Homewood, Illinois. Join us Friday night for music and fun!
  • Following the release of The Wind Cries Jerrys (6-song EP) earlier this year, The Jerrys will release a new single in the next several months. Details to come.
  • It’s official: The Jerrys will release a live album sometime in 2019. Preliminary work has already been done for this new release, recorded live during multiple appearances at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM.

I look forward to sharing more music from The Jerrys soon. Until then, happy fall!

The Jerrys on Thursday Night Live at WZRD

The Jerrys Live at WZRD April 2018

The Jerrys played on Thursday Night Live at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on April 26, 2018. The 10-song set included new music from The Wind Cries Jerrys, covers of songs by Tommy James & the Shondells and The Kinks, and power pop songs pulled from the Jerrys’ catalog:

1. Be Yourself
2. Anna Marie
3. I Even Love You More Than Elizabeth Hurley
4. Ann Taylor Girl
5. New Wave
6. Hanky Panky
7. Space Cadet
8. Chicago USA
9. Every Girl
10. Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

Those familiar with the Chicago punk scene will recognize the drum head as the one used for Silver Abuse, as Robert Porche also plays with that band. Stay tuned for a new and improved drum head, as well as a possible live album later this year from The Jerrys.

Listen to The Jerrys Live at WZRD

WZRD Wizard logo

The Jerrys will play live at WZRD Chicago on April 26

My band The Jerrys will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on April 26. I hope you’ll tune in at 10 PM Central as Robert Porche (drums, backing vocals), Jim Losby (bass guitar, backing vocals), and I play ten songs live, including songs from the newly released EP, The Wind Cries Jerrys.

You can listen to the show via radio (88.3 FM on your radio dial), via live stream, or via any radio app on your phone (TuneIn is available on Android and iTunes, and it’s free).

The Jerrys Live Tonight on WZRD

WZRD Wizard

The Jerrys will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM tonight (April 21, 2016) at 10 PM. Joining me will be Robert Porche’ (drums and vocals) and Jim Losby (bass guitar and vocals).

Here’s how to listen to the show:

Radio
If you live on the north side of Chicago, tune in to WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on your radio dial.

Computer
Listen to the live stream.

Phone
Use the Tune In app, available at iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to original music, we’ve got a couple of surprises in store, so kick back and enjoy the show.

The Jerrys to Play on WZRD

WZRD Wizard

My band, The Jerrys, will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on Thursday, April 21, at 10 PM. Joining me that evening will be Robert Porche (drums and vocals) and Jim Losby (bass guitar and vocals).

Here’s how to listen to the show:

Radio
If you live on the north side of Chicago, tune in to WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on your radio dial.

Computer
Listen to the live stream.

Phone
Use the Tune In app, available at iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to original music by The Jerrys, we’ve got a surprise or two in store, so grab your favorite cold beverage, kick back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE
Every Thursday night at 10 pm, WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM welcomes a new live band to the station to play a set. In true freeform fashion, you never know who you’ll hear on the Wizard. Tune in on Thursday nights for live music!

More Todd Rundgren Live at the Park West

More Todd Rundgren at Park West

Todd Rundgren did not fail to please at the Park West last week. Leading off with “I Saw the Light,” he then launched into “Love of the Common Man” and kept them coming, including “Open My Eyes,” “Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel,” “Black and White,” “Bang the Drum All Day, “Compassion,” “Drive,” “Lysistrata,” “Soothe,” “I’m So Proud/Ooh Baby Baby,” “Determination,” “Love in Action,” “Couldn’t I Just Tell You,” “Hello It’s Me,” and “A Dream Goes on Forever.” Fuzzy pic, incredible evening!