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Nocaster - To Refin or Not to Refin

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by bienteveo, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    The only strat I own is a hardtail. I think they call that keeping one's priorities straight.
     

  2. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Holic

    986
    Dec 21, 2012
    england
    thought these nocasters had a single slot truss rod ?
     

  3. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    I'm not an expert. I invite you to discuss!:lol:

    la foto 1 copy.jpg
     

  4. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2011
    Chicago
    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.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2014

  5. Major Gruber

    Major Gruber Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 24, 2012
    Colombes France
    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.
     

  6. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    54
    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    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.
     

  7. kromanomo

    kromanomo Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NYC
    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.
     

  8. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    Thanks to ScottJPatrick for recommending Clive Brown in the UK. But I need someone in the US. Any other recommendations? Thanks.
     

  9. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    Thanks kromanomo. Saw your post after posting mine….
     

  10. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2003
    East Northport NY
    Have you contacted Nacho Banos for advice? He's in Spain, but knows everyone/everything related to early telecasters.
     

  11. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

    Oct 10, 2010
    Twangers Medows USA
    If its the real deal, DONT REFIN!
     

  12. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    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.
     

  13. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    That's a prime candidate for a refinish. Beautiful Tele, either way.
     

  14. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    Thanks PJ. I'm leaning toward refinishing.
     

  15. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    kentucky
    I would agree as it's already been refined and I would find a very good restorer. Good luck!
     

  16. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

    Oct 10, 2010
    Twangers Medows USA
    Nacho Banos!!
     

  17. London John

    London John Banned

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    Mar 5, 2014
    London
    Talk to Dave Johnson, his work is superb.
     

  18. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)

  19. christhebrit

    christhebrit Tele-Holic

    550
    Mar 12, 2013
    Kent
    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
     

  20. bienteveo

    bienteveo TDPRI Member

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    Dec 4, 2012
    Buenos Aires
    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.
     

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