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Old July 8th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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73 Tele Notch photo..

I came across an older thread with a good picture of the notches from several years. Ole Fuzzy posted it I believe. I noticed it was missing a 73 so here's mine for anyone interested.

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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've posted 0le FUZZY's picture a couple of times myself. Your '73 fills in a gap - nice!
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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great, thanks, notch is disappearing progressively from 1972, there's some notch left in 73, (and even half notches like this one), and is completely gone in 1974. That's why this forum is about pre-74.
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After weeks of reading through this forum, I finally understand what this infamous notch thing you guys are always talking about is, thanks!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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After weeks of reading through this forum, I finally understand what this infamous notch thing you guys are always talking about is, thanks!
Wow that must be a revelation! Welcome in the notch world! That is just a detail, but not as small as it appear. When you face to a typical 70's telly with no notch, the small pick of the body wood joins the neck higher (more or less 16th fret instead of 17th), which makes it as high or even slightly higher than the shoulder where the strap button is. When you focus on it, this simple detail changes something to this out of time beautiful design. It's slightly less balanced and less gracious if you see what I mean, and that is just for a tooling reason… a good symbol of what the 70's mean in the history of Telecaster's building.
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Great example of the last of the transition notc hes
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Old July 9th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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After weeks of reading through this forum, I finally understand what this infamous notch thing you guys are always talking about is, thanks!
Ha, I also only recently joined the ranks of the notch enlightened. Had me scratching my head not too long ago. Should I be crestfallen that I am notch challenged as I my 73 has only half a notch? It is an awesome player though and that should mean something. One day I'll pull the neck to take some pictures. Think it has a Torres stamp in it.

Here's the story of how I got it. Back around 73 or so a high school friend who was an artistic type had this Tele but no amp. He wasn't a guitar player in any sense of the word. He wanted to make weird noises and such.

I offered a trade of some no name, two 12" combo SS amp I wasn't using and a not so great Harmony guitar for this Tele. Deal done, he was happy to be able to make great loud noises and I discovered the joys of my first Tele. I was partial to Strats and had a 73 and then a 59 Strat back then and I wasn't fond of the Tele headstock at first but I quickly discovered how well the Tele could cut through the mud of a teen age garage band.

Heard from my old friend recently, he is no longer happy with the trade.
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Great, thanks, notch is disappearing progressively from 1972, there's some notch left in 73, (and even half notches like this one), and is completely gone in 1974. That's why this forum is about pre-74.
The notch can be found as late as 1975. Mine March -75 Telecaster Custom has it...
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Old July 10th, 2013, 03:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The notch can be found as late as 1975. Mine March -75 Telecaster Custom has it...
Never heard of that ... Do we have to rewrite Telecaster history?

But seriously, as far as I know the Telecaster Custom has always had the revamped body since the introduction in 1972 ... ? Meaning no notch.

This picture is one of a few that clearly shows no notch:



Can you please document your statement with a picture? I'm sure the Major would like to have one for his archive.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 05:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you Telemarkman, it's true I really would like to see this one, even if actually, I do not archive Custom, Deluxe or Thinline. In fact, I've been very surprised once to see one example of Custom with notch, but it was from 1972. On the contrary, all the modern reissues have notch, as far as I know, they didn't reproduce no notch bodies.
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Thank you Telemarkman, it's true I really would like to see this one, even if actually, I do not archive Custom, Deluxe or Thinline. In fact, I've been very surprised once to see one example of Custom with notch, but it was from 1972. On the contrary, all the modern reissues have notch, as far as I know, they didn't reproduce no notch bodies.
I'm so glad they didn't.
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Never heard of that ... Do we have to rewrite Telecaster history?

But seriously, as far as I know the Telecaster Custom has always had the revamped body since the introduction in 1972 ... ? Meaning no notch.

This picture is one of a few that clearly shows no notch:



Can you please document your statement with a picture? I'm sure the Major would like to have one for his archive.
Definitely a notch on this 1974 one:

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Old July 10th, 2013, 08:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Definitely a notch on this 1974 one:

Absolutely!

If that is actually an authentic '74 body - and I have to believe you - it's quite uncommon to say the least (or isn't it?). You learn something new all the time on this forum!
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Here's the notch on my '73/'74 Custom. I bought it used in '76.

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Never heard of that ... Do we have to rewrite Telecaster history?

But seriously, as far as I know the Telecaster Custom has always had the revamped body since the introduction in 1972 ... ? Meaning no notch.

This picture is one of a few that clearly shows no notch:

Can you please document your statement with a picture? I'm sure the Major would like to have one for his archive.


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Never heard of that ... Do we have to rewrite Telecaster history?

But seriously, as far as I know the Telecaster Custom has always had the revamped body since the introduction in 1972 ... ? Meaning no notch.

This picture is one of a few that clearly shows no notch:



Can you please document your statement with a picture? I'm sure the Major would like to have one for his archive.
That Custom was made earliest in late 1976, the serial number is under the logo. No Teles had the notch by then. Also notice the Strat like knobs, not the original "amp" knobs. That makes it late 70's too.

Dang! Now I noticed it's a 1980, it says so in the pic title :-) But I was kinda right anyway.
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That Custom was made earliest in late 1976, the serial number is under the logo. No Teles had the notch by then. Also notice the Strat like knobs, not the original "amp" knobs. That makes it late 70's too.
If you click on the image bar, the title for that photo is actually...

...vintage-guitars.se1980_Fender_Telecaster_Custom_S816706.jpg

Of course, the Custom was still in production as late as early '81.
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Thank you for the enlightening pics guys - always nice to learn something new.

And I didn't mean to misrepresent that 1980's Custom as a 1975. It was just meant as an illustration of a typical no notch Tele custom - which I thought they all were.
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Very interesting, I'm really surprised too. So that concerns Telecaster Custom, I wonder if we'd find the same examples for Deluxe and Thinline of the same epoc... (I would have been certain that we won't, but I'm not sure anymore about anything now!)
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Did the notch ever come back, besides on the reissues? In other words if a tele has a notch, is it safe to assume that it is either a reissue or pre-74?
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