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No '53's for sale…..

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by London John, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    First post, so please be gentle.

    I've been trying to find a decent '53 for a while now, but there seems to be a shortage of guitars for sale. I've looked at Gbase and Reverb….all to no avail. I've called a few dealers, nothing doing.

    What's the story? Have you guys nabbed them all?

    I'm looking for something factory stock.
     

  2. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    Thanks Shovelrider, but it's got patched holes and no original case.

    Are the clean ones that hard to find?
     

  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The price didn't make you blink. Pinch yourself.
     

  4. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    Not really, I've spent some time preparing the wife.
     

  5. lewis

    lewis Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Colorado
    My vote for TDPRI quote of the year.
    Good luck on your search.
     

  6. Starrman44

    Starrman44 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2010
    North Dakota
    My vote for Man of the year. To think the contest is over in March already!
     

  7. kubiakl

    kubiakl Tele-Meister

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    May 9, 2012
    Austin, TX

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    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member


  9. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    The Norm's one looks nice. Does the E/B saddle look strangely forward?

    Are there generic difference between the '53 and '54? I'm far from a Tele expert, but I do know old guitars and have been thinking about a Blackguard for a while now. I'd sort of settled on a '53 because it seems to be the year to go for.

    What do you guys think would be a fair price on a guitar like that?
     

  10. Jack FFR1846

    Jack FFR1846 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 18, 2011
    Hopkinton, MA
    4 in Guitar Center's vintage section.
     

  11. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2003
    East Northport NY
    Why not contact Nacho Banos directly - if anyone would know where one is, he would.
     

  12. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

    Mar 24, 2010
    Fl.
    That's an awful lot of money for a used guitar,don't you think:lol:
     

  13. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    Well, you've partly answered your own question. You want one "factory stock." These are more than half a century old, and if they've been played throughout the years, there have been changes--rewinds, new tuners, refrets, refins, new saddles etc. You are looking for an exceedingly rare instrument. You might consider a Tele with a cosmetic change or 2 which doesn't affect the sound or feel of the guitar.
    And an original case...very tough.
     

  14. amusicman4ever

    amusicman4ever TDPRI Member

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    Mar 3, 2014
    Oregon
    You'd probably have to talk to Bonamassa, Joe Perry , Rick Nielsen, Paisley or some other rich star- collector for a unmolested 53'...
     

  15. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    Well, on the one hand yes.

    On the other hand, I've bought a lot of vintage guitars and amps over the years and they've all held their value, so it's more of a question of whether I can "park" some money in a guitar while I enjoy it for a decade or two.
     

  16. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    Thanks, I've talked to Nacho.
     

  17. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    45
    Jun 16, 2009
    austin texas
    There is a nice 1953 Telecaster for sale at my local GC in Austin(the one on Anderson lane).It appears to be all stock and it has been nicely played and aged with the right looking wear and tear.I have played it several times and although I found the action too low for my taste(an easy fix)it is a great guitar with lots of mojo.
     

  18. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

    Feb 25, 2009
    Seattle
    Anybody know how many Fender actually made during these years? I can't imagine it was over 1000
     

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