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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by steveokla, Apr 11, 2017.
I have to say, as the owner of a '56 myself, I'm glad to see you hang onto it.
I thank you for you post. I'm convinced it's the way to go, but, truth is, confirmation from someone in the know with the same axe is reassuring.
I'd also add there's a sense of relief: I don't relish the 'hunt' so much as I used to. I've been through a lot of gear, and the process is taxing. I've been sitting on the same stuff now for about eight years. A '68 Tele will do very nicely to fill that void if I can find one. Keep your eyes peeled for me!
Just for yuks, here are pix of the '53 that I was considering. Full neck and body rein by Tom Murphy.
The name Phil Glaser rings a bell, but can't quite place him . . . is he in OKC? Norman?
I used to live there in the days of Don Teeter in OKC and Phil Sampson in Lawton. I moved away in the early '70s. My wife is from Tahlequah and when we visit, that's usually where we go nowadays.
Don't know too many folks in the repair business anymore, unfortunately.
In Nashville. As I understand it, he's the guitar tech to the stars--did all the repairs for the celebs after the flood in Nashville back in 2010. He's also the rep for Plek in the US. (Glaser is an engineer by training.)The handful of shops that do plek must go to Glaer's shop for training on the machine and such. I think he's also pretty close with Gruhn.
Damn! Here's the Strat I'd end up with along with the '53 Refin Tele. It's a 61, original except pot and frets. To say it's been played would be a masterpiece of understatement. Not to everyone's taste, but, frankly, it's a look I love. The combination of those two guitars gets me tempted again. Talk me out of it (or not?)!
Damn. But you and I are in the same age group. My strat has been with me for three decades plus. I've had one pickup rewound by fralin. But it still sounds unlike any other strat I've owned.
I would miss it. I've turned down many trades. And cash offers.
Hang on to the one you know you love.
Seeing this pic kinda stirred my interest in the 53 refin and that Strat again when I'd convinced myself just to keep the 56 Strat, find a 78 Tele and forget about it.
Oh just buy the '53 Steve!
Looks like I'll be getting the chance to play it (and the '61 Strat) in the next couple weeks. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks, Steve
Since we're talking refins why not save a bunch of money and get a 68 refin?
I have a refinished 56 esquire coming my way in about a week or so so I'll be able to report back. it's mostly original except for the refin and tuners. To be honest the neck, body and pickup are my biggest concern. For the sake of this conversation I'll let you know that I paid 6.5k. That's way more then I've ever spent on a guitar but I'm a tele fanatic and always dreamed of a 50's guitar so I gave myself a present. For me the price seemed fair considering originals of that vintage are going 3-4x that. I'm a player so I could care less about what I consider the non essential parts. It's big bux for me but worth every penny if it's in the zone of the other whitegaurds I've played. Luckily for me I'll have a few days to play her
That's an amazing looking strat, I love them so much when they've been played like this!
I can't wait to see pix of it!
Wow, that IS a great price. Not seen a 50's Tele for that little for quite some time.