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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Fullmoon07, May 24, 2019.
I have a 2018 Standard MIM. I wonder is it the same body shape as a 1967 Telecaster body?
More or less.
Around 1973 the Tele body was starting to be shaped 'wrong' with the top part of the neck joint being extended further and it wasn't rectified until the 1980s.Also in the early to mid 80s the body edges on Teles got extremely rounded compared to the sharper edges of previous eras.When Fender issued the 52 reissue in 1982 they did issue it with a correct shape although the body edges were still more rounded than a real 1952.By 1988 with the introduction of the American standard Teles the body was made back to the 'correct' basic original carve.
Here is a 1970s Tele with the 'wrong' body shape(notice the extended body joint at the top of the neck):
Here is a 1983 Tele...notice how rounded the body edges are:
In 73 CBS installed new pin-routers, automated tools that followed a template. They couldn't follow the tight curve where the body met the bass side of the neck heel. The result was the softer shape of 73+ bodies. 'The Notch' went MIA.
You can also see the 'Mickey Mouse' ears heel disfigurement in my 78, same reason. The pin router could do the Strat neck pocket but not the square Tele pocket.
Actually when the 52 RI arrived it still had the 'gumby' body shape and slimmer front-back neck profile of the last Fullerton 83+ guits- this was noted to Fender at the 52ri release, but not fixed until around 88 IIRC.