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Just got a 1973... (looking for some info)

Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by 73_Tele, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
    Hello,

    I just recently got a 1973 Tele from a co-worker and wanted to get some info/opinions about it so I decided to join the forum.

    So here's the story. A co-worker got this guitar when he was just a youngster. It was played a bit, and the case is beat, but all-in-all it's in pretty good shape. He was the only/original owner and took relatively good care of it. He has four kids (two in college) and needed to make some money. So he sold this to me for $1200.00. I think I got a pretty good deal, but just wanted some opinions on the potential value of the guitar. I have absolutely no intention of selling this ever, but it's still nice to know what it's worth.

    The jack ferrule is a fender replacement part, the knobs and switch tip are also fender replacements. I have one original knob (he says he has the other one somewhere). The "ashtray" wasn't included, but again he says he's got it somewhere. I believe that everything else is original, but that's part of what I'm here to get opinions on (not completely sure about the bridge pickup).

    So here are some pictures. Thanks for any feedback you care to give!!!

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    Serial Number 407510:
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    More to follow...
     
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  2. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
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    Some scratches/dings in the back
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    Some more scratches...
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  3. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

    6
    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
    Yet more scratches...
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    Pick Guard Scratches
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    Jack Ferrule (Flat)
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    Fender Replacement Parts - Jack Ferrule / Knobs
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  4. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
    Tuners
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    Head Stock
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    Headstock Side View (One Piece)
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    Neck Joint (Very small hairline crack in body)
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  5. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
    Case (Front/Top) Very bad condition
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    Case (Back/Bottom)
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    Case (Interior)
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    Case Logo
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  6. 73_Tele

    73_Tele TDPRI Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Pennsylvania
    Manual
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    Manual Date 1973 (I know, CBS)
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    Well, I'm very happy with it. It plays and sounds great! The neck is the perfect size/shape for me and that's all I really care about, but as I said, I'm just curious about what it may be worth.
     
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  7. casterway

    casterway Friend of Leo's

    About 2-3 times what you paid. I used to own it's twin, foolishly traded it away in 1988.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2009
  8. El Tedesco

    El Tedesco Tele-Holic

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    Western Hemisphere
    Hi there and welcome to the forum. 1973 was a great Year!
     
  9. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 20, 2008
    Alabama
    Great guitar and Welcome!
     
  10. gottheblues

    gottheblues TDPRI Member

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    Jul 17, 2009
    Vegas Baby!!
    Very nice Guitar! Same year I graduated High School.
     
  11. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    Minnesota
    I agree with Casterway- at least twice what you paid would also be a fair price. It a good thing you got the Owners Manual so you know how to work it :) I have a '73 Thinline, but yours is much prettier....
     
  12. pcasarona

    pcasarona Tele-Meister

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    Very nice! Congrats. You got a great deal. Hope it sounds as good as it looks.
     
  13. Tenderfoot

    Tenderfoot Tele-Meister

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    Katy, TX
    "You unlock this thread with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Tele Zone."
     
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  14. Straydogger

    Straydogger Tele-Meister

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  15. Straydogger

    Straydogger Tele-Meister

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    Also found this....


    Fender was sold to CBS in January 1965. Serial numbering didn’t change immediately because instruments continued to be made using existing, tooling, parts and serial number schemes. The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.


    SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION DATES
    L50,000s up to L90,000s 1965
    100,000s 1965
    100,000s to 200,000s 1966 to 1967
    200,000s 1968
    200,000s to 300,000s 1969 to 1970
    300,000s 1971 to 1972
    300,000s to 500,000s 1973
    400,000s to 500,000s 1974 to 1975
    500,000s to 700,000s 1976
     
  16. Straydogger

    Straydogger Tele-Meister

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    Hah...and also this.....those guys are all over the place with serial numbers...

    After the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the factory switched to a new serial sequence with numbers that continued the same general format used prior to the takeover. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era. This period also saw a switch from the orginal four-bolt neckplate of the '60s to a three-bolt neckplate in just one example of cost-saving costs introduced under CBS.

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    100000 to 110000 late 1965
    110000 to 200000 1966
    200000 to 210000 1967
    210000 to 250000 1968
    250000 to 280000 1969
    280000 to 300000 1970
    300000 to 340000 1971
    340000 to 370000 1972
    370000 to 520000 1973
    500000 to 580000 1974
    580000 to 690000 1975
    690000 to 750000 1976
     
  17. wallis222

    wallis222 Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 24, 2011
    Toronto, Canada
    Nice find. With the original case, case candy, and guitar in such great shape, I'd say that you could probably get around 4 grand for it. Assuming that the neck is straight, has minimal playability issues, and it's not a boat anchor.
     
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  18. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    That looks sweet - I think 73 was the era of some regular production limited colours. Be good to see under the pickguard. Def get the knobs and ashtray, with the manual and original case, you have some serious dollars on your hands. Everything looks right - notch, jack plug flat, tuners, neckplate, bridge, pickguard, orange headstock face.
     
  19. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    This member only posted 6 time, 9 years ago, and only on this thread.

    I doubt they've been back to see updated comments.
     
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