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Refinish 1956 Tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by MacFever, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. tonyboy

    tonyboy TDPRI Member

    May 2, 2003
    Woodstock, GA
    A 1956 has to be White Blond with a White pickguard. IMHO
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  2. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    Oswald Guitars - Holland =Brilliant, check out his Instagram page or
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  3. Major Gruber

    Major Gruber Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 24, 2012
    Colombes France
    Looks like it has just been cooked from the oven, delicious wood color indeed. It could be a choice to keep it like this with a white pickguard, knowing it can be done white blonde like a 1956 any time…
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  4. unseen hand

    unseen hand Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2014
    Phoenix, Az
    Here's a 56 refin I just acquired from Fiesta Finishes

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  5. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2008
    I would have it refinished if it were me. It looks like somebody used golden oak stain on it... poor 'lil tele. :(

  6. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I'd like a dresser that looks like that but not a guitar.
    Refinish to blonde!
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  7. Tedzo

    Tedzo TDPRI Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    Northern California
    Could be a natural finish on ash.....

    I know some of you have seen my '53 that was broken clear through, but I like the natural finish.


    breakline2.jpg '53.jpg

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  8. tsj93

    tsj93 TDPRI Member

    Feb 15, 2017
    Clive Brown is a class act, I've only seen his stuff on the internet but his reputation is deserved

    Joseph Dobson of Josephkayeguitars can do this for you. If you're on facebook, search Josephkayeguitars: the london workshop, and you can see some of his work. One photo album called TJs Victorian Pine Telecaster is my ongoing build. It was beautifully figured dark old growth pine, figured like yours, that he covered and lacquered in an aged blonde finish, but the figuring and knots still show. His stuff needs to be viewed in the flesh as pics do not do it justice

  9. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013

  10. Zenin

    Zenin NEW MEMBER!

    Aug 5, 2015
    I have a '55 Tele that I have had since 1977 that was stripped and covered with an unknown clear finish before I got it. I kept it that way for many, many years. Sent it to Dan Strain of Danocaster guitars, Nashville and he did an amazing reliced finish that looks 60 years old. I'm so glad I did it, it sounds much better since the clear finish was removed (it was applied really thick) and looks so much better. Dan does a nice thin nitro finish. Check out the Danocaster website for example of his work.

  11. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I'd leave it as is too and put in a nice 1-ply black pickguard. It'd be gorgeous. Adding a new finish and then relic'ing it might actually decrease its value.

  12. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    I have some pics somewhere of my dad in laws 56 white guard. Search "relicaster" in the build threads.

  13. Danman

    Danman Tele-Meister

    May 12, 2012
    Amsterdam,The Netherlands
    Cool! Good luck getting it refinished! It's worth it!
    Some good names have been mentioned here. Of course Clive Brown is the best. I have seen very nice things by Fiesta Finishes but there are more. Good luck making a decision!

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