1949 Prototype Telecaster

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  1. Adam Wolfaardt

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    I've seen this guitar before somewhere. Definitely some old parts on it but lots wrong in my view. The neck definitely isn't a real old fender to start with
     
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    Isn't s/n 0428 really high for a '49?
     
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    Does look like some old parts there, but a lot of it is just strange and wrong. I have a decent amount of familiarity with the look of the prototypes and with early Broadcasters/Telecasters that I've seen first-hand. This looks like a mess to me.
     
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    I think that is a big stretch to call that one of the prototypes!
     
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    The Telecaster did not exist until mid-1951, iirc. The Single pickup,Esquire was introduced in 1950, and the two pickup Broadcaster followed in that year. The Broadcaster name had to be dropped, and approx. 500 ‘nocasters’ where produced....Broadcaster was snipped oof of the logo decals. Then, the two pickup model was renamed the Telecaster. There is no such th8ng as a 1949 or 1950 Telecaster. There was no ‘prototype Telecaster’ with a Telecaster logo on it.....the decals were simply introduced to the production line in 1951. In “The Blackguard” book, Telecaster number 1739 is noted as an early Telecaster with September, 1951 dates on the neck and body.
     
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    Fender never made a neck with a skunk stripe and no trussrod adjustment
     
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    Nope.
     
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    they are, apparently, coming out of the woodwork so to speak. a friend of mine looked at a refuted 49 broadcaster that had been refinished but the seller wouldn't let him take the neck off to inspect it. seller wanted $49000 i believe. here are some pics of it.

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    Word ;)

    Hey Charlodius, curious as to what's the latest on your score??
    (perhaps I shouldn't hijack this thread but keen to know an update) Cheers!
     
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    The real Fender 1949 tele prototype looked like this, sorta (this isn't actually it)
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    I'm having trouble wrapping my head around a lefty '49 as a prototype. Why would Leo have opted a lefty other than a demand from a left handed player.

    I looked through the gallery. It might have some vintage parts but where does he state it's a '49 proto?
     
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    I’m in a holding pattern from my last post. My wife got me the blackguard book and it’s been driving me crazy wanting to see it, but she’s holding off until Father’s Day next weekend to let me get my hands on it. I’m off on mondays, and was hoping to go to lark Street today but yesterday she said we needed to plan ahead better, because I had to pick up my daughter from camp. So there will be movement soon !
     
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    Run!
     
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    I hear ya. Cool re getting the blackguard book, I bet. Sweet as - Cheers!
     
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    You will not be disappointed with that book. Every time I open it I'm gone for a few hours.
     
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    To my mind if a lefty prototype existed we would know who it was made for. It's not something Leo would have made just to make it.
    This is supposed to be the earliest lefty tele and it's from 51
     
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    When did this show air? 30-35k seems a bit low considering its a lefty and perhaps the first one...
     
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    Looks awful fakey to me, but what do I know? ;)
     
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    2014 and I think lefty vintage guitars are harder to sell.
     
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