Probably the most versatile guitars (according to Michael), he can play anything from jazz to rock.
They are a really solid guitar, without frills
Mostly associated with country music, but Michael likes the way they sound in rock music and worship
They are pretty bright sounding guitars, not a lot of low end, a tight top end, and a lot of sparkle – especially if you use a heavy overdrive. They cut through a mix really well.
There are a lot of telecasters out there so it’s really easy to find one and customize it. They are relatively inexpensive.
Michael changed the pickups as often cheaper guitars have bad quality electronics in them. He put Lollar 52 pickups in his. He also changed the switch, volume and tone electronics with gear he bought from Emmerson Custom Guitars.
You can also change out the bridge saddles. Make sure they are compensated saddles. Michael changed his to brass.
Michael stripped the finish off the back of the neck, so it doesn’t get sticky when playing under lights.
Made by Veritas Custom Guitars, Les Paul style, but not a Gibson
1956 Gold-top Les Paul imitation
Michael had the heel on the back cut out so he can playing higher
Stronger re-inforced headstock
Made from mahogany
Lollar P90’s for the bridge pickups
Bigsby break angle
Duesenberg Carl Carlton
Similar to a Gretsch
He changed the pickups to TB Jones Classics
He put Emmerson electronics it
Curvier and smaller than a tele
Lollar Goldfoil pickups
This guitar really suits rock n roll, but not always worship
The selector is a 3-way
This guitar has a thicker neck, and it has more stability, which Michael likes
The way your guitar looks on stage is important and this guitar looks great