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Maple Cab or Maple Slab Boards what are the facts?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Baz Predatur, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Baz Predatur

    Baz Predatur TDPRI Member

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    Hi all
    Can anyone shed some light on Fender Maple Fret Boards?
    My limited understanding is that a Maple Cap (Lam) Board was available as a special option from about `64? but generally available from`66? and the earliest Lam board may be from about `62? maybe made for Seymour?
    But did Fender ever make a Maple `Slab` Board? does anyone actually own one? were they available from `58 or whatever along side Rosewood slab boards ? and if so for how long? were they available along side Maple Cap boards? any idea of numbers?
    Any one?
     

  2. Cazualwhiteguy

    Cazualwhiteguy TDPRI Member

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    Can't speak for the original vintage necks. My custom shop strat neck is a maple cap, didn't even realize until after I got it that it didn't have a skunk stripe. I want to say it's a laminate but I'll double check later when I get home.
     

  3. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    Sorry, I have nothing to offer here... if I could delete my entire post I would :cry:
     
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  4. pcasarona

    pcasarona Tele-Meister

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    I'm not expert, but I don't believe they made a Maple "Slab" Neck. They were one piece maple until mid '59 when all necks became rosewood slab. The slab rosewood became rosewood cap in mid '62. In January of '67 the maple cap neck officially became an option, but was probably available earlier in special circumstances such as neck replacements. In early '69 the one piece Maple neck became available again.
     

  5. pcasarona

    pcasarona Tele-Meister

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    Should have said maple cap necks were certainly available prior to Jan. '67 as I have seen many. I quick search for 1965-66 tele's will reveal that most were Rosewood but some were certainly maple. I believe these were cap's not slab's.
     

  6. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt NEW MEMBER!

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    Maple fingerboard was an option during the pre cbs era on special order only. They were all slab boards. From what I have seen the curved maple caps started in '65 after the cbs takeover
     
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  7. Baz Predatur

    Baz Predatur TDPRI Member

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    Ok to avoid any confusion I may have caused
    My specific question is about the fretboard wood
    We know fender switched from a one piece maple neck/ fretboard to a two piece maple neck with rosewood slab board ‘59 ish until they switched to a rosewood curved / laminated late ‘62 ish
    We are mostly in agreement that maple lam/curved fretboards were avaible easily after ‘66 and as special order as early as fender switched to rosewood laminated/ curved fretboards sometime around late ‘62

    But does anyone own/ have ever seen a maple ‘slab’ fretboard from early ‘59 through to ‘62. -63 until fender switched to curved fretboards ie the slab fretboard was made of maple and not rosewood?
    The reason I ask is there is a very famous telecaster in the UK that is a maple fretboard no skunk stripe and claims to be a ‘59. Something I have always had great difficulty believing and it has bothered me for years so so if anyone actually has a slab maple board Tele made between ‘59 and ‘65 I would love to see it
    Love you people
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  8. pcasarona

    pcasarona Tele-Meister

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    I have not seen one.
     

  9. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress Tele-Meister

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  10. fernieite

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    Interesting question, and I follow. However, I've never heard of or seen a maple (slab) cap neck.
    I'd sure like to see pictures of that '59 though.
     

  11. BobbyMac

    BobbyMac TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    All the maple cap necks I have seen have been radiused (and I've seen a few). That doesn't mean there aren't any slab maple caps out there.
     

  12. gibson-dog

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    I have a 1959 slabboard maple ,being restored at Joseph kayguitars in London
     

  13. gibson-dog

    gibson-dog TDPRI Member

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    there are 2 famous slab board maple neck 59,s in the uk ,one green belonging to that frank fella :)and Deke from man bullseye Tele
     

  14. gibson-dog

    gibson-dog TDPRI Member

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    thought of another the bob Dylan Robbie Robertson black tele is also maple slab
     

  15. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    I always loved the look of this Tele! :cool:

    Btw, how do you know that it has a thick "slab" maple cap fretboard?

    - If it's a 60s Tele, couldn't it have a thin contoured veneer (laminate ) maple cap fretboard?
    - if it's a 50s Tele, it would more than likely have a 1 peice maple neck/fretboard, I imagine.
     
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  16. gibson-dog

    gibson-dog TDPRI Member

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    gibson-dog TDPRI Member

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  18. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Interesting, so the absence of a skunk stripe indicates it has a "slab" maple cap?

    Look at the guitar now! It's said to be '65 Tele. Was it black as a factory custom color? I assume it's alder then?

    1965 robbie robertson bob dylan was black before and no bigsby etc.jpg
     

  19. noah330

    noah330 Tele-Afflicted

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    It's a '65.


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  20. pcasarona

    pcasarona Tele-Meister

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    Now I'm confused. Norm specifically called it a "Maple Cap" neck. I thought the original post was asking about a "Maple Slab" neck.
     

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