Possible 1953 Esquire, seeking info

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  1. jondanger

    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire

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    Am I reading the neck date of OP's guitar correct as 4-24-53? If so, the bank of photos on the previous page has a neck made just 2 days previous on 4-22-53. Both have the single slot truss rod adjustment - a point in favor, but I'm having a hard time seeing the "G" on OP's guitar. How does the TDPRI think those two necks compare?
     
  2. jondanger

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  3. sonicdom

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    great find, congrats! what's the last number of the serial? 240X? Can you post some full shots of the guitar? looks great, even as a refin.
     
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    I'm reading 4-24 but I can't make out the year.
     
  5. pulpadded

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    I will try to take some more tomorrow. If anyone wants specific pictures of anything that isn't the heel or pocket so I don't need to remove the neck for the first time, let me know.
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    I've always been interested to see what people do to stuff thinking they are improving it. The brown stain over poor sanding on the whole darn guitar just makes me wonder who owned it at the time and what they might have thought about wood products and guitars.

    I find it more curious that someone bothered to buy and install a fairly expensive Duncan Antiquity, yet thought the guitar had no value.

    Obviously the pickup went in a decade or probably two after the "refin", so those events are unrelated.
    This makes me think it may have been stolen at some point, probably a couple of owners back; though another possibility might be that the owner who "left it at someones house" might have previously inherited the guitar, and later died unexpectedly, which sort of fits with the stickers.

    I doubt anyone would pay for the Antiquity pickup and put on all the stickers, then abandon the guitar willingly.
    Somewhere along the line something went terribly wrong with the last legit owner.

    Rightful ownership of "abandoned property" has been legally challenged in cases of important valuable guitars, but of course only when the "previous" owner found out a guitar had surfaced and come up for sale.

    Cool find!
    But it would make me a bit uncomfortable as to how it came to be "free stuff".
     
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  7. pulpadded

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    It is possible the guitar was an esquire, which was my original assumption prior to realizing the bridge pickup was aftermarket.

    The story of the previous owner was that he had a drug problem. That tells me he didn't know it was valueable. He left everything he owned and they held his stuff, mainly this guitar and his family photos, for a few years. No one has heard from him since. My friend said that there is no indication he was musically inclined, as in they didn't see him play music and none of his photos are of him playing, so it may have been something he had from someone else.
     
  8. Bellacaster

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    The Antiquity had me wondering too. I can't begin to speculate about previous ownership or whatever, but I'd have a pro refinish that thing and live a happy life!
     
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    There are no screw holes in the neck pickup slot, so this was always an Esquire, not a Telecaster. Also, the controls...
     
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  10. LKB3rd

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    Drug addict may have stolen it.
     
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  11. pulpadded

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    Maybe, but an addict wouldn't keep something of value, or leave it when moving.
     
  12. Antoon

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    You do not really need Gruhn, that is a real one. Are you a guitar player Pullpadded? If so then you might have ended up with the finest damn guitar you could think of. If I had to put a value on it I would say 5k easily.
     
  13. LKB3rd

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    Yes they would tend to sell it fast I'd think so that is strange.

    If the guitar is a fake it's a good one.
     
  14. Antoon

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    One other thing PP, opinions vary on whether you should get a guitar like that restored before selling it. A full restoration would cost maybe upto 1k but as a buyer I personally would have a preference for its current UNrestored condition.
     
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    I am a guitar player, but I would prefer to have something cheaper. At this price point, I could sell it and get something I would not be as concerned with damaging.
     
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    That's a great guitar and I'm sure most of us on here would love to own it but, bearing in mind its condition, unless you plan on attacking it with a chainsaw, there's pretty much no chance you would be able to damage it in normal use enough to reduce is value.
     
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    Great find. Let it inspire you, or someone else. Thats an amazing guitar. Congrats!
     
  18. hrstrat57

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    I'd get a pro set up to 53 specs and play the heck out of it. Free! Yikes, would not even consider selling that! Talk about inspirational! Wow!
     
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    If you sell it, you may never get the chance to own one again.
     
  20. jondanger

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    Anyone else jonesing for shots of this whole guitar fully assembled? I feel like I'm looking at the Loch Ness Monster . . .
     
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