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The Whiteguards...

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by 64Strat, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    I have a '56, '57(until recently) & a '58, plus a '63 Esquire. Hopefully Esquires are allowed in the Vintage Tele forum. I gave the '57 Tele recently to a dear friend of mine for some vintage amps. But for years, I had all three whiteguards. Interestingly, the '57 & '58 were very similar, with very aggressive bridge pickups. The '56 is a little darker sounding and not quite as aggressive as the other two but still a very fine sounding telecaster. I imagine it has a bit of blackguard in it. The '57 & '58 are exceptionally fine rock guitars. Between the three Telecasters, they were all within 5 ozs of each other in weight, ranging from 5 lbs 15 ounces to 6 lbs 4 ounces. Great guitars! and I've not played a modern Tele that even compares to these. Not even close! The '63 Esquire is a lot heavier at 7 lbs 1 ounce and it has the narrow neck but this guitar sounds fantastic too!

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  2. mrkenny

    mrkenny Former Member

    412
    Sep 29, 2012
    maryland
    I prefer Whiteguard Tele's, very lightweight one's as well. Nice guitars!
     

  3. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    66
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.

  4. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Holic

    633
    Feb 10, 2010
    Low Lands
    Light bodies (often 1-piece), deep V-necks with tightly grained yet light maple, bright and strong pickups. My favorite period for any Fender guitar.
     

  5. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    59
    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    Just beautiful. The holy grail of guitars to me is the old white guard telecaster. The Esquire with the slab board is killer too.

    Dan R
     

  6. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    so, this may be fun.... I have a clip of the '58 Tele doing the lead guitar part in this old Beatles tune here, that me and 3 of my friends did a little over a year ago.

    This lead part was done with just the guitar plugged straight into a cranked up AC30 with a mic stuck in front of it... and this lead track was captured on the first take. To my ear, its similar to the original lead guitar sound, at least in the neighborhood anyway.

    see what you think....

    58 Tele doing lead
     

  7. mrkenny

    mrkenny Former Member

    412
    Sep 29, 2012
    maryland
    Great job! The '58 is killin'
     

  8. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    ....and just like in photography, it sounds(looks) even better in person. Thanks!
     

  9. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    The '56

    more shots of the '56

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  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    55
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    Some weird wear on that one.
    Do you know what the deal is with the divot by the bridge and the circle on the shoulder?
     

  11. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    The divot is a filled hole under the original finish. Over the years, the filler has shrunk.

    The circle on the upper bout was from a music store sticker that was applied when the guitar was new.
     

  12. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    The '58...

    some more of the '58....

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  13. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    The '63 Esquire....

    some more of the Esquire...

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  14. twangplank

    twangplank Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    43
    May 29, 2010
    Valliant Okla
    That is some serious guitar porn! If I had a collection like that....
     

  15. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Dec 6, 2005
    Norway
    Love them all, but that Esquire has the most perfect finish color IMO.

    And that dark (Brazilian?) rosewood board - WOW!:eek:
     

  16. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003


    yes, they were Brazilian Rosewood through '65. My '63 is the thin veneer, about mid '62 were the last of the slab boards. Mid '63, Fender added the DES # and two patent numbers to the headstock decal, mine is before that.

    Thin fingerboard veneer and you can see the "N", for either JAN or JUN (I never had the neck off) and the 63... I'm leaning towards JAN because the 12th fret markers are still the wider spread, versus the mid '63 narrower spacing.
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  17. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Dec 6, 2005
    Norway
    I guessed as much since I had two 1965 Teles myself, with Brazilian Rosewood veneer fretboards ... I miss those very dark boards, even if my MIM 60's Classic is just as good as those originals.
     

  18. Tidepoolbay

    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

    Jan 27, 2009
    Franklin New Jersey

  19. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Some internal shots of the '58...

    Neck date and body date 6/58...

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    Controls - Stackpole pot 3857 date code

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    Router hump and Jack flat....

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  20. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Holic

    633
    Feb 10, 2010
    Low Lands
    Fantastic guitars you have there. In the picture it looks like the'58 has a V-neck. Does it?
     

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