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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%
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  1. 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?
     

  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    I didn't sand off the old finish, used stripper to take off at least two paint jobs so it wasn't covered with 80 grit scratches.
    Then probably 120/ 220/ 320.
    The minwax tung oil finish is a poly based oil infused wipe on that's super easy to get a nice looking non-plasticky finish with.
     

  3. RickyLee3

    RickyLee3 TDPRI Member

    13
    Mar 25, 2018
    New York City
    I have a few dark spots on my guitar, at one point I was thinking abut how to ge them out, but I had given up the idea after many people encouraged me to leave it as is. Anyway, I had seen yours, I have no idea what they are, if you do, I would appreciate any thoughts.
    Thanks 67 Tele .jpg
     

  4. Bluebird

    Bluebird TDPRI Member

    58
    Jun 12, 2003
    Canada
    Leave it right there... looks just fine.
     

  5. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

    Age:
    64
    253
    Mar 15, 2017
    Cambridge England
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    Leave it as it is. It looks great. You need to play some more to catch up with my 66:lol:.
     
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  6. warrent

    warrent Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    873
    Sep 15, 2009
    toronto
    what finish is currently on the body? It's been stripped once so to get at the stains if that's what they are, you would have to strip it again remove the stains with something like oxalic acid and then refinish. You would lose any character the body currently has.
    Out of curiosity what is the route like under the pickguard?
     

  7. Rockbreaker

    Rockbreaker Tele-Meister

    372
    Mar 19, 2011
    Long Island
    Someone said 35 years old?.. '67 to '18 it's 51 years old according to my calculator;)
     

  8. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    I took mine to a luthier and had the body buffed-out. it had collected a lot of grime and discoloration over the years. He did wet sand a couple spots, but the body came-up nice. It's good to do, since it smooths-out the dings a little and removes any surface spots. Not an expensive job, at all.

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  9. Pickcity

    Pickcity Tele-Meister

    Age:
    44
    157
    Oct 12, 2017
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Wiping it down with a rag is one thing, but it needs nothing else. There's no way I would take out the character. Just my 2 cents.
     

  10. philosofriend

    philosofriend Tele-Holic

    641
    Oct 28, 2015
    Kalamazoo
    There are a lot of ways to try to fix the spots that end up making them look worse.

    There's only one way to make them go away and that is to learn a whole lot of details of guitar finishing.
    Unless you have a full-blown hobby of guitar finish work, just leave it alone.
     

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