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Tadeo Gomez? at his workstation, 1957

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by PickMaker, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Manolete

    Manolete Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2011
    Here
    Maybe a daft question, but how come those guys weren't ill all the time from inhaling dust? If I forget to mask up before sanding, especially rosewood but also maple, I tend to get mild flu-like symptoms after a while.
     

  2. old crow

    old crow TDPRI Member

    81
    Feb 22, 2009
    Vantage
    Thought I'd give Tis one a poke....
    I guess the person making those 57 necks
    remains a mystery ?
     

  3. Tedzo

    Tedzo TDPRI Member

    76
    Jul 1, 2016
    Northern California
    Sometimes Tadeo would just write the month and year in pencil, no initials. Perhaps in a hurry?

    Neck Date.jpg
     

  4. jon9

    jon9 TDPRI Member

    14
    Oct 3, 2014
    medford lakes, nj
    My TG-5-54 Best neck ever too!
     

  5. old crow

    old crow TDPRI Member

    81
    Feb 22, 2009
    Vantage
    I'll rephrase my question.
    Who made / carved the famous V necks ?
     

  6. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Tele-Meister

    Age:
    43
    255
    Sep 19, 2016
    Brandon, MS
    Nope

    In those pics he is too young to be a god of guitar.

    He does not look like the best man ever for neck work.
     

  7. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    He may have made a lot of necks and bodies, but ALL of them from that era?
    I beLieve i read that he was a QC inspector and that is why he signed so many necks and bodies.
    In some book i read that the regular neck contouring guy was out and some inexperienced guy was shaping necks, thus the V neck. I'm not sure if this was an accident that it went on for a year or so.
    One story i did read was that Tadeo's family has no idea of his fame in guitar circles until after his death. That ones kind of heartwarming even if it is fiction.
     

  8. mipstoo

    mipstoo TDPRI Member

    25
    Apr 19, 2010
    Rockingham Palace
    Whoever used the initiale XA. Several names circulate.
     

  9. Telekaster

    Telekaster TDPRI Member

    60
    May 10, 2004
    XA = Xavier Armenta. I have two '56 Strats, both signed by XA. They have big soft V-Necks, my favorite. The Fender CS 10-56 neck is close to it.
     
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  10. mipstoo

    mipstoo TDPRI Member

    25
    Apr 19, 2010
    Rockingham Palace
    I have tele with XA signed neck. However, I'm still not convinced that XA is Armenta that worked in the factory in the 70's where he signed with his full name. That's 15 to 20 years later. It's possible but we can't be sure, right?
     

  11. JPerez

    JPerez TDPRI Member

    Sir, the photo labeled Fender2 is my father, Jose G. Perez. He worked at Fender for most of the 1950's. You can read more on my thread "1950's Fender Factory workers' son"
     

  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Christmas sweaters make everyone look old.


    So, what's in Tadeo's mind, in those shots?

    "How the heck did I get stuck with doing all the necks? I wanted to work on something important. According to the boss, these things are disposable..."
     
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  13. JPerez

    JPerez TDPRI Member

    Sir, I will look for a sample of my father's handwriting, as it might be his (at first glance it look a lot like his writing). But, I am not certain when he started at Fender...he was working there in 1954 (he is in a photo with other employees and Leo from 1954).
     
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  14. Tedzo

    Tedzo TDPRI Member

    76
    Jul 1, 2016
    Northern California
    Thanks Mr. Perez....seems that the 5 is a very unique style....any more pics of your dad when he was young?
     

  15. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Actually, that cursive number '5' is how we were all taught to write when I was in first grade. The world has moved on, but both my MIL, and my maternal grandmother, wrote just like that. I think it was more the norm back then, than not.
     
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  16. JPerez

    JPerez TDPRI Member

    There is a picture of him with other Fender factory workers from 1954 in the thread titled 1950’s Fender Factory Workers’ Son
     
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  17. FiddlinJim

    FiddlinJim Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    858
    Mar 28, 2006
    Seee-attle
    Image1522732663.664066.jpg
    My 1950 Tadeo Gomez... Fender Dual Pro steel guitar.
     

  18. chomps

    chomps TDPRI Member

    45
    Sep 8, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Man, Tadeo was everywhere back in those days! I used to work in a heavy equipment assembly plant as an inspector. It was my job to measure finished parts with a micrometer to make sure all dimensions were within spec. If it passed, I slapped on an “OK” sticker with my initials and the date. I’m guessing Tad was doing similar work, although photos verify he could do the work too.
     
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