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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by bienteveo, Apr 28, 2014.
The only strat I own is a hardtail. I think they call that keeping one's priorities straight.
thought these nocasters had a single slot truss rod ?
I'm not an expert. I invite you to discuss!
Being one of the first of its kind I would seek the opinions of Nacho Banos on who the best possible restorer is and get it done right.
truss rod slots
They're supposed to be mainly single slot, but there's already exceptions in 51. You can find two neck base looking exactly like this one, (even the Tadeo Gomez inscription is very similar), in the blackguard book page 171 and 191, dated 9/26/51 and 10/26/51.
That changes everything, I assumed it was a no-name beater partscaster. Thus I change my answer. Either have it professionally restored or leave it be.
I would consider leaving it as-is, but I can understand a refin decision too. Mark Jenny does non relic refins too. Email them as I am sure they have images and they are great to work with. Relic or no relic their finishes are very well executed.
Thanks to ScottJPatrick for recommending Clive Brown in the UK. But I need someone in the US. Any other recommendations? Thanks.
Thanks kromanomo. Saw your post after posting mine….
Have you contacted Nacho Banos for advice? He's in Spain, but knows everyone/everything related to early telecasters.
If its the real deal, DONT REFIN!
It's definitely the real deal. Of course, if the finish were original I wouldn't dream of touching it. But it's not original. Not even close. It's a mess - a prime example of what someone in another thread referred to as "the great 70s natural wood debacle." (Love that phrase). Some of those refin jobs look good. This one is not one of them. The idea would be to restore it to 1951 finish specs - to whatever degree that might be possible.
That's a prime candidate for a refinish. Beautiful Tele, either way.
Thanks PJ. I'm leaning toward refinishing.
I would agree as it's already been refined and I would find a very good restorer. Good luck!
Talk to Dave Johnson, his work is superb.
If it was mine I would send it to Mark Jenny http://mjtagedfinishes.com/refinishes.html
I have a 1936 ES-150 that has an older clear refin I would like to redo someday.
Mark Jenny's work is outstanding, but I'd contact nacho. What he doesn't know about blackguard teles isn't worth knowing and if you look what he did for Bill Hullett with 0514, he's definitely the man.
Definitely restore to 51 specs though. Look forward to pics of the completed project
Progress reports (with photos) will happen, assuming I go through with the refinish. Still on the fence.
Thanks for pointing me to the 0514 extravaganza. What a great story.