Hoping y'all can help me identify a Tele. I'm mainly an acoustic player - did get a MIM Standard Tele last year and love to play it, but tend to be more of a mandolin/flat pick guitar/fiddler. Helping a friend move yesterday - he lent me this worn Tele that was kicking around his apartment. Anyway - struck me as odd that the guitar was kind of beat up but didn't say "Telecaster" even though it was obviously one. I had heard about these early models called Nocasters but remembered them being pretty rare. Obviously this guitar couldn't be one of those. But if not...are there fakes out there, could it be a knockoff? Seems like the reissues have different serial number systems. Everything seems to match what I see on pictures of true blackguards - but I'm a bit confused by all the writing and notes on the neck block. Serial number is 0316 which seems to be right for 1951...not reissue custom shop. Could it be a partscaster made to look like a Nocaster? Surely you could understand my skepticism for a potential holy grail guitar! Oh! It sounds great too. Knocked my socks off. Thanks so much for your insight everyone - have a great day.