'66 tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by den_gerten, May 11, 2019.

  1. den_gerten

    den_gerten TDPRI Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at a 1966 Fender tele, which should be original, except the pickup switch. The date on the neck looks strange. I'm sure most here know more about these than me, can you give some input?

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  2. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    The neck stamp does look a bit strange, but that wouldn't disqualify it for me.
    To my non- expert eye lots of other things look right.
    Nice guitar.
     
  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm no expert, so can't help - sorry - but just to say that looks gorgeous!
     
  4. brookdalebill

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    Looks great, and real, IMO!
     
  5. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    What a gorgeous Tele! All looks right, don't worry about the stamp.
     
  6. kapepper

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    Looks good to me
     
  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Wow, super nice.
    I also wouldn't worry about the neck stamp as they didn't put them on for looking pretty or confirming origin, really just for their stock management.

    My only concern is that it looks so nice!
    Must be expensive enough to have a vintage shop pro take a look under the guard and bridge to confirm value, we can't make a thousands of Euros call from here.
    I can't see any red flags, just a remarkably well maintained and little played old Tele.
     
  8. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

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    Dang, love it!!!
     
  9. whoanelly15

    whoanelly15 Tele-Holic

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    What a beautiful guitar! I'm no expert, but it all looks good to me. That fretboard is in great shape and oh so pretty.
     
  10. Bobchill

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    Be careful, I have the feeling there's something weird in this guitar. How does it sounds? Is there any fret wear? Also, the knobs would not seem original from the picture.
     
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  11. Dan Skammer

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    Those stamps most likely stamped on by hand by the date stamp guy ,most likely not by a machine ?? human error, you don't always put a stamp on a letter the exact same way..IMO
     
  12. Antoon

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    Great guitar! Fretboard never planed, neck bolt not abused, great frets, very nice. Only the switch and the pickguard seem of later date to me. But these can still be found if you want to.
     
  13. rangercaster

    rangercaster Friend of Leo's

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    I wouldn't recommend spending thousands without an expert opinion ...
     
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  14. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Holic

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    Or do your homework and become an expert yourself.
     
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    On the neck is wrote 3 JUL 66 B. Everything is ok!!! Very beautiful guitar, many compliments!
     
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  16. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    Is there anything written inside the control cavity? Mine says "White" there.

    This guitar is what my 3FEB66B would look like, if only mine was a lot cleaner. Very nice!
     
  17. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Tele-Meister

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    The knobs look like dome top, not flat. The finish looks translucent and I don't see nail holes in the back.

    Neck stamp looks fine to me. The fakes I've seen get the font wrong.
     
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  18. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    That is gorgeous. Possibly my favorite type of tele and era. Truly classic look. Must cost a fortune.
     
  19. Tedzo

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    Similar stamp in the neck pocket on my '66.

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  20. 2 Headed Goat

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    The neck definitely is and the parts are legit to my eyes... I've never seen that white of a finish on mid 60's tele. My '66 had an Oly white finish that darkened to a French's Mustard colour. According to The Telecaster book, CBS was experimenting with finishes at this time so it could very well be stock. I am somewhat suspect tho but it could definitely be the real thing.
    One other thing that does catch my eye is how 'centered' the p/g is on the horn with equal spacing on either side of it. My '66 as well as many others I've seen have more space to the right of the p/g than to the left. May seem like a minor detail but it seemed to be a sign/trend of that time...

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1966_Fender_Telecaster_(SN159266)_body_angled.jpg
     
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