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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by tomajoha, May 25, 2019.

  1. tomajoha

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    Im trying to ascertain is this ‘66 has an original finish, blacklighting an Olympic White seems harder then a darker colour, any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Chunkocaster

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    It looks original to my untrained eye but I don't really know what i'm looking at using the blacklight other than it doesn't appear to have been owned by a teenaged boy recently.
     
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    I think that's ultraviolet lol, I don't think it's the same as "black light"
     
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    I don't have experience with '60's olympic white but it looks real bright to me in the first photo. I would have thought it would be more yellowed. That is a great photo and around the bridge plate it looks like a bigsby single coil plate outline can be seen.but I don't see any screw holes for the arm mount behind it. Am I wrong?

    I have a '75 Thinline in olympic white and to me it looks a little more yellowed than yours. Of course mine is poly and that one shouldn't be.

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    Usually there is a greenish glow on old nitro
     
  7. tomajoha

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    The fade around the bridge plate is where the ashcover has been on. There are areas on yellow but agreed it’s not as yellowed as your 70’s
     
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    Doh, I didn't think about the cover, sorry.
     
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    Have you a chance to remove the pickguard and see the difference of finish between under and out pickguard? This could be helps....
     
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    A blacklight is Ultraviolet light. It's the same thing.
     
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    I would have to see it up close to be sure, and it's hard to photograph, but I think the blacklighting looks ok. I don't think the Telecaster white and blonde show up as a greenish glow like other colors or clear nitro do. But the worn areas come out purple like it does here. And I think the neck could be ok as it appears to have a greenish hue to it.
    But again, I would have to see it up close to be sure. And it would help if you had pictures of the neck pocket, control area and the area under the pick guard.
     
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    The wear and chip patterns make me think it is original. Most home refinish jobs don't have that tough and professional look to the finish. I realize that this is not very scientific or conclusive, but something about that just says "original" to me. The wear pattern at the forearm shows that the layers are level, smooth and consistent. In most refinish work the wood has its divots and the layers are not that even. If it is a refinish it is a professional refinish.
     
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