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N(U)GD! A Sweet Surprise

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dalandan, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. dalandan

    dalandan Tele-Afflicted

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    New Used Guitar Day (long overdue)!

    A little less than a year ago, I went to Singapore to go sight-seeing and watch a Joe Bonamassa concert. I was able to go through all the guitar stores there and I played almost every guitar/amp/pedal they had in the country.

    I loved the El Cap delay, some CMATMODS stuff, etc. But I ultimately came home with some bargain deals. The boutique stuff came in the form of a rare Maxon TOD9 and a couple more pedals.

    Anyway, I also bought myself my second tele - a used AV52RI. This was bought in the States used. Apparently the owner was an aficionado and tweaked the guit to be a real player. I basically bought her for something like $1400 US. Seemed like a good price for a used guitar of that quality.

    I opened her up finally to see what was under the hood. When I first bought her, I noticed a lot of things were not stock. The pickguard was bakelite, the knobs were all heavy knurled, the wire was cloth, pots were new CTS, philips adjustment screws were added to the neck pickup, and I had the back of the neck slightly sanded.

    Just today I opened the pickguard and bridge to see what pickups I had inside. I always thought they were stock Fender OVs. You could even hear me praise them. About a dozen people that I've played with for the last few months have asked about the pickups in this thing and all I could say was that I don't know, they must be stock. Lo and behold, I see something engraved under the pickup that read DON MARE. Under the bakelite pickguard was also his "the 53" pickup with an autograph on the guard.

    I'm quite lucky! I got a steal for all the upgrades in it. It also is moderately light and resonates well. Can't wait to put a few more years of playing in her. :mrgreen:

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  2. dalandan

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    BTW, the bridge pickup was a Don Mare 3 Speed Sting Ray. The "ZZ Top" tap is the one currently in use. Although I'm considering hooking up the Nancy tap.

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    Wow. These are things you only hear stories of, but they never really happen. Good buy, you lucky guy!
     
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  5. dalandan

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    Pics coming soon. I almost didn't buy this guitar because I thought he was selling me a CIJ for the price of a brand new MIA!
     
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  8. dalandan

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    Thanks, everyone. I feel good about my purchase. I may have to visit the store and buy a few more things to thank them. lol.

    Pictures are up and I hope to post sound clips soon too.
     
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    I knew the username looked familiar. Congrats on that score!
     
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    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sweet.. love me 52..
     
  11. dalandan

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    hey cayle. i don't go to the local forums as much anymore. no time to go shopping.

    thanks everyone. Now I know why people have "happy" NGDs.
     
  12. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

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    Excellent - congrats!
     
  13. dalandan

    dalandan Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey just wanted to let you know she's a 99 model with an F Perez neck. Just found out this week after the annual check up.
     
  14. GDL629

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    Outstanding! Glad that you found such a killer Tele!
     
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    Nice...she looks like she has a good vibe.Those 52 reissues are great guitars...especially the lighter weight ones.
     
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    Congrats! Sure is purdy!
     
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    Nice. I also love looking at the guitr shops in singapore. Did you see those custom shop esps. Amazinggg!!! Singaporeans are so friendly and helpful especially in all the guitar shops. They dont care if you look around at every guitar and than walk out.
     
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