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1950 Tele string gauge?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by slinger, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. jazzmaster90150

    jazzmaster90150 TDPRI Member

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    40
    Aug 6, 2017
    NYC
    I have a 1954 Fender catalog. Strings are pictured in this catalog. However it is a different version from the ones I posted earlier. The ones I posted earlier are pre 1954. They were certainly made between 1951 and 1954.
     

  2. Pappy Yokum

    Pappy Yokum TDPRI Member

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    Dec 12, 2017
    Chincoteague, VA
    I had :cry: a '58 Tele with original case. In the case (to the best of my recollection) ... were a couple sets of Black Diamond Flatwounds. Also; a set of LaBella Tape Wounds. Don't remember the gauges.
     

  3. Mayas caster

    Mayas caster Tele-Holic

    648
    Dec 21, 2015
    Caraquet N.-B. Canada
    Wow, that's COOL!!!
     

  4. Bluebird

    Bluebird TDPRI Member

    55
    Jun 12, 2003
    Canada
    Great discussion!

    Here is a scan of some old strings I have.

    According to previous posts, the top row envelopes in my pic are from about '51-'54 and one of the bottom ones appears to be from the early CBS era.

    Anyone have any ideas about the other three?

    Vintage Fender Strings.jpg
     
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  5. Bluebird

    Bluebird TDPRI Member

    55
    Jun 12, 2003
    Canada
    I decided to semi-open them for the first time in their 65 or so years!

    The unwound string has an extra piece of paper inside the waxed paper envelope... not sure why.

    Vintage Fender Strings open F.jpg



    Vintage Fender Strings open B.jpg
     
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  6. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 5, 2017
    Earth (Part-Time)
    I can't say with any authority what string sets were considered "standard" back in the early 50's, but I am an avid Tele jazz and 50's Chicago blues player.

    The current production set that gets me closest to the tone I'm chasing (warm, thick, and full) is D'Addario's EPN21 Pure Nickel. This set's gauges run as follows: .012, .016, .023 (wound), .031, .041, and .051.

    And yeah, I know flat wounds are the traditional choice for jazz, but they've never felt quite right under my fingers.

    Follow the link below to review the full line of D'Addario's Pure Nickel sets:
    http://www.daddario.com/DADProductFamily.Page?ActiveID=3768&familyid=4
     
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  7. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Thanks...those are obviously "Made in Germany" and definitely help to establish Fender usage before V.C.Squier became OEM (and later purchase).
     

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