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Old July 6th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is this a vintage neck? Original?

This was for sale, but nobody bid on it. I was wondering if there is something wrong with it. Everything being right, how much would it worth?

This is my first post, I hope I'm not in the wrong forum or doing anything wrong. If so, please educate me.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Idk my date is on the end of the neck and only has one tree that holds the strings and its a 69

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Old July 6th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No date stamp on the neck, drilled for other tuners, serial number on the headstock means after 1976 usually, truss-rod plug at the headstock - so I would guess it's nothing special but there are members here who have more experience. Check out this link: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/fender.html

Extra string tee may have been added later, I have 2 on my 68.

The "Fender Telecaster" logo appears to have been messed with and the shading is not constant in that area. Strange how that seems to happen a lot with online sales ???

Here's my 68. My opinion - that neck is not prior to 1976 - what year are they claiming ?
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Old July 6th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been reading other posts in this forum and the serial number is for a 1977-78. So, not vintage, but still an old one. The numbers stamped in the botton bother me a little. What would 1083 mean? October, 1983? I just don't get it.

I've been a member for half an hour and have learned tons of Fender lore!!!

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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This forum is the best guitar site out there IMO.

No longer do I give my guitar to a tech, pay $75 and wait 3 weeks for a set-up - got all the help I needed here, plus all kinds of info on amps, pickups and other things.

I edited my post above and put a link in - check that out.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes... another sleepless night... Lots of info, little time... Lots of work postponed.
Thank you so very much!
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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree this is where I learened pretty much everything about fender stuff I had no idea about and more sorry I don't have better pics of my neck for ya
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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nothing to be sorry about!
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Old July 7th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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They just say vintage. I've been reading other posts in this forum and I guess the serial number is for a 1977-78. So, not vintage, but still an old one. The numbers stamped in the botton bother me a little. What would 1083 mean? October, 1983? I just don't get it.

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Don't worry about the number on the bottom, it's nothing to see with dating. If there's any traces of stamp left under the truss rod screw, it might help. But check the serial number (I can't read it), as you said, it should be an end of 70's neck (not before mid 76 for the serial number on the headstock), every detail seem to confirm this, two tring trees is fine. There's just one aditionnal hole on the back of the headstock I'm not sure to understand, otherwise, it's perfectly the right holes for original tuners.
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If I was selling a real vintage neck, I'd say what guitar it came off of and what year it was.
Don't know why they didn't unless it's a scam.
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There's just one aditionnal hole on the back of the headstock I'm not sure to understand, otherwise, it's perfectly the right holes for original tuners.
There's another just like it near the end of the skunk-stripe on the heel; maybe where it sits on something in the spray-booth, or a cutting jig clamp mark?
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Well, I let that first one pass and bought another, from Scotland. The guy is ripping out a Telecaster, and selling all her parts, so it's genuine.
My greatest fear was my ignorance leading me to buy an aftermarket neck with some apropriate decal.
Not vintage, though, according to this forum criteria. Just an used 1978. It will fit my objective of having a guitar that I don't need to defend from my 2 yo daughters, and that I can forget in the sofa.
I'll show it to you when it's ready.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 05:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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By the way, he removed the lacquer on the scale. I would not, but...
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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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There's another just like it near the end of the skunk-stripe on the heel; maybe where it sits on something in the spray-booth, or a cutting jig clamp mark?
You seem to be talking about different necks. The first pics of the post are for the one I let pass. These last ones are for the one I bought.

There is, indeed, one unexplained hole, as Major Gruber noticed. But look at the pictures of the genuine 68 neck that Bartholomew3 posted. There is exact the same hole that we can see in the two 78s.

But the one near the end of the skunk-stripe I had not noticed until now. Seens like its a little chipping, maybe? I don't know, ebay photos are tricky. The one true way to see if the neck is good is playing it. Unfortunally, when you leave so far from most of the telecaster in the world, you have to pay dearly for the privilege. That's what I'm doing. Hope it's not frustrating.
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They all got those holes, they must be normal. The neck you bought too has an additionnal hole next the D string tuner. Appart this one, all the screw holes are perfectly correct for the right machine head model, so, it's all fine. You just have to find the right model for tuners, it's the model with a Fender "F" on it. It started during 1967 and were sure still there in the 77-78. You can find vintage ones easily, or copies. If you need a picture to be sure to know how they look, just ask. Hope you'll enjoy the neck you bought and the guitar you're going to get.
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They all got those holes, they must be normal. The neck you bought too has an additionnal hole next the D string tuner.
Jesus Christ! I really don't know how you people do this!! Take my hat for your keen eyes.

About the tuners, I bought these, that seem to be the proper ones. I'll put them in the washing machine before installing. Along with the neckplate and the bridge. They are too shine and vintage ones too expensive!

I'll stop saying thanx every time I write, for there is always some new piece of knowledge shared and I'm afraid I'll be repeating myself. Hope I'll be able to retribute someday.

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If I was selling a real vintage neck, I'd say what guitar it came off of and what year it was.
Don't know why they didn't unless it's a scam.
The guy relisted the neck in Ebay (albeit the price has raised a hundred bucks). He really says it's a 77/78 that was resprayed. Not sure about the first time, for when I found it it was already ended, so I did not see the original list, so I was asking out of ignorance, not suspicion. He even posted new pics, under the sun, without any flashing over the head decal.
I've bought other stuff from him and he seens to be a very honest guy, so far.

I understand Fender logos tend to flake with time and with the checking of the lacquer. Maybe the original owner just tried to preserve it. Did not work so well, I guess.
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You seem to be talking about different necks. The first pics of the post are for the one I let pass. These last ones are for the one I bought.!
The extra hole is on the neck heel of both sets of pics you posted (your last pic of the first set?) the one you passed on and the one you've gone for.

I made my post before you posted the second set of pics.

It's also plain to see on Bartholomew's pic so I'm guessing it's off the cutting machine. I know Fender bass bodies have the same thing hidden under the scratchplate.
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I figured you were talking about the two of them because of the hole in the skunk-stripe end. I understood you were talking about what seens to be a little break in the dark wood of the stripe. In fact, I just saw it after your post. I won't be sure about what it is until the neck cross the ocean two tropics, the equator and dodge customs office. It'll be sometime.
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About the tuners, I bought these, that seem to be the proper ones. I'll put them in the washing machine before installing. Along with the neckplate and the bridge. They are too shine and vintage ones too expensive!


Yeah, correct model, the screw should fit exactly in the existing holes (except one )
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