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How to clean up a 67 natural wood Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by RickyLee3, Mar 26, 2018.

Should I bother getting the spots out?

  1. Yay

    4 vote(s)
    11.8%
  2. Nay

    30 vote(s)
    88.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. RickyLee3

    RickyLee3 TDPRI Member

    13
    Mar 25, 2018
    New York City
    Ive had my Telecaster for well over 35 years, and its been my workhorse, I treasure it. Its always been in the back of my mind to get out some of the spots on the wood, to clean it up a little. I am not a luthier , that is for certain, if any of you have any recommendations as to how to proceed, or if I even should proceed, all are welcome. Im new here, and am so pleased to have found a home, for my most treasured guitar. I'll add a pick, so you can get an idea as to what I mean. T67A.jpg Trear67.jpg
     
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  2. cjp60

    cjp60 TDPRI Member

    87
    Apr 18, 2008
    Chandler, Arizona
    I would leave it just the way it is!!! It looks great!
     
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  3. SlappyDuck

    SlappyDuck TDPRI Member

    97
    May 13, 2015
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  4. spartan warrior

    spartan warrior Tele-Meister

    Every spot is part of the guitars history, leave it as it is an let it tell it's story.
     

  5. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Those are go-faster tone spots.
     

  6. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Drool!

    The best way to take care of it is to let it 'retire' in Hawaii with me.
    I've been dreaming of a 67 tele, cause its my birth year.


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  7. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    It looks great for a 35 year old Tele, I wouldn’t do anything past normal cleaning and polishing.
     
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  8. dustoff

    dustoff Tele-Meister

    Age:
    65
    350
    May 23, 2005
    Glenview Illinois
    I'd leave it alone and just enjoy playing it....
     
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  9. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    68
    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    What you have there is a guitar that's been loved. It's aged gracefully. That's what old Telecasters are supposed to look like. Reliced guitars that look like they've been dragged behind a truck are ugly. Yours looks like the Jennifer Aniston model. A little bit of makeup, or in the case of your Tele, a little guitar polish, and she's beautiful as ever.
     
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  10. RickyLee3

    RickyLee3 TDPRI Member

    13
    Mar 25, 2018
    New York City
    I know, all of you are saying what I've known to be true all the years I've had it, I should just let it be, which is exactly what I'll do. I was having a conversation with a dealer on Reverb.com, about guitars, and I told him I had a 67 tele, the next thing I knew, I had thirteen e mails from dealers on the site, asking me how much i wanted for it. I don't know how the site works, I thought the mail was private, so I began thinking to myself, i wonder what the guitar is worth? I don't think I have it in me to sell it, even though I rarely play it these days. If I ever did, it would be here, and only here, to someone who would appreciate it the way I have, but, I'll keep her for now. Thanks for all of your responses, sometimes I need to be put in my place, and I thank you all for doing so:)
     
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  11. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    66
    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    There are people here who would pay EXTRA $ for that kind of character....leave it alone. (but play it!)
     
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  12. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    51
    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Yep, it looks just great as it is.
     
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  13. RickyLee3

    RickyLee3 TDPRI Member

    13
    Mar 25, 2018
    New York City
    Yeah, each smudge has its own story, it wasn't only the guitar that got skuffed up in those days, the fact that Im breathing is miracle in itself, the fact that the guitar is in as good shape as it is, is more startling than you could possibly imagine.
     
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  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    61
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Another leaver er’ be voter!
     

  15. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    51
    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Errr......a 95% nay vote should be speaking volumes! :p
     

  16. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    What are those spots on the front bass side lower bout?

    Great looking guitar but those are just odd looking.
    Not that I'd suggest a refin, just curious.
     

  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    Having some trouble loading pics but here’s a late ‘50 body I refin’d some years ago with minwax tung oil finish.

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  18. RickyLee3

    RickyLee3 TDPRI Member

    13
    Mar 25, 2018
    New York City
    Hi, looks great, did you sand with a high grade paper? if so, what grade did you use?
     

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