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Broadcaster black slotted screws?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by MONKEYDOG, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. MONKEYDOG

    MONKEYDOG TDPRI Member

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    Guitar Magazine has some eye candy pics of a 1950 Broadcaster right now. I noticed that the slotted pickguard screws look like they were originally black. Or just decades of oxidation? Does anyone know if some of the originals had black screws? (Also, I didn't know that the original fingerboard dots were chocolate brown?!)
     
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  2. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Tele-Meister

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    The screws were chrome or possibly nickel plated. Definitely not black
     
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  3. chomps

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  4. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Holic

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    That 6th photo sure shows one of the screws. I can see oxidation but I think they were painted/colored because I definitely see black too.

    In the Duchossoir book all the photos he shows of a Broadcaster clearly show chrome/nickel screws that are not black.
     
  5. Major Gruber

    Major Gruber Tele-Afflicted

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    They just look like rusted screws to me. Gorgeous guitar and gorgeous pictures!
     
  6. customtele

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  7. d barham

    d barham TDPRI Member

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    I think what appears black is just the old discolored part of the screw that has lost its plating. I agree, an interesting and beautiful guitar.
     
  8. chomps

    chomps TDPRI Member

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    Weighs 9.63 pounds!
     
  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

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    Those are old, old screws that were originally chrome plated.

    Hell, even the screw under my palm on my '02 CS Esquire is basically black. Imagine something 50 years older than that!

    The material used for pickguards, fretboard dots, and side dots could vary slightly in color, aside from the fact that Fender was still settling in to mass producing guitars at this point. They probably tried different things here and there, or just bought what was available sometimes.

    I have often thought about using the currently available brown Bakelite for a guard and dots, instead of the usual black.
     
  10. Kreepy

    Kreepy Tele-Meister

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    What a beautiful guitar!
     
  11. MONKEYDOG

    MONKEYDOG TDPRI Member

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    I know, right? Getting into LP territory.
     
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  12. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Tele-Meister

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    Even for a les paul that's heavy. I wouldn't buy a les paul that heavy, no matter how good it sounds
     
  13. agogetr

    agogetr Tele-Meister

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    looks like the screws got hit with a little rust eater, formerly known as 'navel jelly' it turns rust black and is awsome stuff, i use it on cars and equipment. ive also used it on severely rusted amp transformers. it stops rust in its tracks.just my longshot theory but thats what it looks like
     
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