Join me now on a voyage of discovery. I’m going to need your help. I picked up a “new” to Telecaster from a local Pawn Shop.
I’ve already named it the “Mojo Mutt” because of the Butt Ugly tone control knob and the Humbucker hole in the three-ply pickguard that looks like it was opened up with a blast from a .410 shotgun. The mystery unfolds as we examine a few of the “Before” shots and we try to see if I’m the Windshield or the Bug in this deal.
The control plate is kind of interesting. Of course the Big Knob
. I like big Knobs on my girlfriends but on my Tele? It is actually kind of cool once I played it. When I first saw it, it about made my breakfast come back up.
Here is what we know so far. I plugged it in and if sounds amazing. If I could only play well enough to do it justice. Secondly it weighs in at a little over nine pounds. It has a solid brass bridge. The neck is a no skunk-stripe rosewood board with Gianormous Stainless steel frets. Looks to be a bone nut in nice shape. The fret side markers are also stainless steel. The dots are pearl. No decal on the headstock with only one “bat-wing” string tree.The body is a string-thru and the ferrules are not flush with the surface.
The back of the body shows many battle scars with a belt buckle leading me to believe this guitar was once owned by Chris LeDoux or Garth Brooks.
It has one strap-lock button on the front and some other non-matching button on the back.
Now some clues to the original date of the guitar. The Neck Plate with and F
the number 166239 F-Series (late 1965 to mid-1976)
After CBS took over Fender changed the neck plates once again. This time, probably in a corporate branding effort, a large Fender script "F" was added to the neck plate below the serial number. F Series guitars are generally considered CBS Fenders... though most collectors will value all 1965 Fenders similarly to Pre-CBS (the sale was consummated in early February, 1965)
100000 to 110000 = late 1965
110000 to 200000 = 1966
180000 to 210000 = 1967
210000 to 250000 = 1968
250000 to 280000 = 1969
280000 to 300000 = 1970
300000 to 330000 = 1971
330000 to 370000 = 1972
370000 to 520000 = 1973
500000 to 580000 = 1974
580000 to 690000 = 1975
690000 to 750000 = 1976 Hmmmm?
The Deluxe Tuners feel great but the two rear-most tuners are different and may be the older ones since they have the hole down the center.
The controls are not solid shaft but the don’t pop or crackle and they work great. Of course the switch tip is missing but what about the extra toggle switch? I can’t really tell anything is happening when I throw the switch so I’ll have to check into that soon. The control plate shows a little age but it has not been on this guitar since 1966, I’m pretty sure about that.
The body is beautiful, in my opinion. Arlo? Are you out there? Not a one piece but three pieces of wood with a great grain and color.
The socket? Looks like the good one. No "flat spot" on the rear bout.
The Bridge and saddles? Obviously Brass and bent and not cast. Anybody know who made it?
The pickups? Hey it sounds amazing so I’m happy for the moment. They do look a bit askew and as I said the three-ply pick guard route is yucky, but those things are easily fixed.
Okay your turn. Did I buy a Pig in a Poke? hey, it did come with a Gig bag worth about four dollars.
The mystery unfolds. Should I pop the control plate or the pick guard and see what “lies” beneath?