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'66 Telecaster Restoration (Image Heavy)

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by telekinetics, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

    31
    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
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    Following is a '66 Telecaster that I bought for a reasonable price off of Craigslist. I did a complete restoration to original specs, recycling the incorrect parts I removed back into the project. My friend Telliot from offsetguitars did the body repair for me; he filled the WRHB route with ash and re-routed for the stock single-coil (an original I scored off eBay), and he also planed the body flat and corrected the round-over. I did the remainder of the restoration myself, to include a complete body and neck nitro refinish, sourcing all correct parts, rewiring, and a fret level/crown. I'm really happy with it!

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    To be continued....
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2014

  2. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

    31
    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
    '66 Telecaster Part II

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  3. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

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    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
    '66 Telecaster Part III

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    SUMMARY:

    Repaired HB route
    Repaired body surface and roundover
    Replaced '70s pickguard with orig '66
    Replaced WRHB with '66 neck pickup
    Replaced dead bridge pickup with orig '66
    Replaced Incorrect Pots
    Replaced Incorrect Switch Tip
    Replace aftermarket knobs with origs
    Refinished body
    Refinished neck
    Filled extra string tree hole
    Replaced missing decal
    Replaced worn nut with bone
    Leveled and crowned frets
    Leveled divots in rosewood board
    Replaced later style saddles with correct threaded style
    Replaced missing/incorrect hardware with vintage
    Rewired with original spec wire


    If you're still here.... thanks for bearing with me and providing a place to chronicle this restoration as a pictorial only; not gummed up with a bunch of dialog. Feel free to discuss....

    :cool:
     

  4. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    956
    Nov 14, 2003
    Kittery, Maine
    What a save! Finding (and paying for the original parts) must have been a challenge.
    Fantastic job!

    Thanks for posting!
     

  5. Marshall_Stack

    Marshall_Stack Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 19, 2011
    Portland, Maine
    That was fascinating.
    Which paint did you use on the body?
     

  6. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

    31
    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
    Thanks guys!

    That's Reranch Fender Blonde on the body, with Deft clear gloss nitro on top. The neck is Deft also, but with a bit of Stew-Mac neck amber.

    I scrounged around for good deals on the parts, and sold what I could to recoup the cost. I got almost $300 for the WRHB alone, so that almost covered the neck pickup. I refin'd my buddy's '66 Jazzmaster in exchange for the body repair, so cash-wise I was only out the cost of materials.
     

  7. Major Gruber

    Major Gruber Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 24, 2012
    Colombes France
    Very well done , congrats and what is it worth now?
     

  8. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Dec 6, 2005
    Norway
    Amazing job! Fantastic looking guitar - love it!:cool:
     

  9. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    66
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.

  10. lewis

    lewis Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Colorado
    All of those photos are a great document for the provenance of that Tele, not that you'll ever sell it.;)
     

  11. Ron Garson

    Ron Garson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    72
    May 18, 2003
    UK

  12. Lost_N_Austin

    Lost_N_Austin Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    75
    Feb 18, 2004
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
    Nice results - lots of work

    Telekentics - I particularly enjoyed your extensive and detailed posting of the 1966 Telecaster restoration/rehabilitation project. I have a 1966 Tele that is still in the "Before" condition.

    I thought you might find this picture interesting
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    It looks a lot like your picture of the neck date. Do you think they were made on the same date? At least the necks are "sisters".

    Here is a picture of my Neck Plate.
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    If you have any "hacker skills" you should be able to find the other Before pictures of my Mojo Mutt on Photobucket.

    Here is as far as I've taken my "restoration".
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    Thanks for your posts and welcome to TDPRI

    Lost_N_Austin
     

  13. Huxley

    Huxley TDPRI Member

    27
    Mar 5, 2013
    Western PA
    breathtakingly impressive!
     

  14. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    Your resto post made me late for work!

    I love bringing guitars back, and maybe even love them more when finished than if they were perfect to begin with.
     

  15. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

    31
    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
    Thanks for the warm welcome and kind words, guys!

    I don't think I'll ever sell this one... but of course we've all said that before. ;)

    I couldn't imagine parting with it though after all we've been through. It may sound dumb, but the ride was actually emotional at times and sometimes I wished I hadn't bought it. All is good in the end though! I feel like i did right by it.

    Some of the guys on offset thought it was pretty cool to begin with and wanted me to leave it as-is. Actually, it did look cool in a 'rat rod' sort of way. But all of the modifications (hack jobs) were done so poorly and it had been sitting neglected disassembled and dirty for who knows how long. It was apart when I bought it and the seller was less than honest about the dead bridge pickup. I could see it's redeeming qualities though. I bought it pretty well, not the deal of the century... but I'm still quite a bit under what I think it's worth. So.. all is well in Tele-land.



    Lost: It's amazing how alike they are! I could have sworn that was mine at first glance! Actually, I came across your thread a few months back while searching for pics, parts and info. Small world....
     

  16. Obelisk

    Obelisk Tele-Holic

    671
    Apr 1, 2013
    NW USA

    You did a great job of restoring it. Except to make it play better, I would have left it as is, but I love misfits & mongrels.
     

  17. telekinetics

    telekinetics TDPRI Member

    31
    Jul 29, 2014
    Florida's Space Coast
    I like a good mutt too, but outright abuse is another thing entirely. To me, it really had about zero 'cool factor' the way it was. Even if I had kept the wide ranger, I still would have wanted to clean up that atrocious route. It looked like it had been done with a sledge hammer and butter knife!

    Plus, it looked like you might catch syphilis from just touching the body and neck. Heck, just looking at it!
     

  18. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Dec 6, 2005
    Norway
    You absolutely did the right thing, telekinetics!

    Now it's one of the best looking Telecasters out there!
     

  19. MichaelAa

    MichaelAa Tele-Holic

    928
    Jun 9, 2012
    Norway
    Welcome to the forum! Great job, looks way much better now. And thanks for sharing all the pics :)
     

  20. felis

    felis Tele-Holic

    987
    Sep 4, 2011
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Awesome.

    PS I once had a ’66 in my hands (my birth year), but could not justify paying the price they were asking for it.
     

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