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What do I have here? 52 Tele?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by CharlotteTele, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. CharlotteTele

    CharlotteTele TDPRI Member

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    Sep 30, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    New to this forum...
    Thought i would post some pics of my newest purchase that appears to be an original heavily used 52 Tele. This one belongs to a friend of mine. Better pics later once i get it in my hands. It has some kind of old refin and looks to have brush strokes in places. I wonder if the original finish is underneath? The "TG" and date on the neck were completely covered up, but with some careful removing of the paint, i was relieved and excited to see those initials appear! :p Also has the "D" stamp in the neck pocket.
    Pickguard isn't original and the logo is gone from the headstock. Bridge plate also appears to have been modified at some point. Anybody know who makes the best relic guards?
    Anyway, let me know your thoughts. But play nice!
    It's in rough shape for sure, but i hope to get it back in action soon.

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  2. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Tele-Meister

    263
    Sep 4, 2015
    Seattle
    Cool. I hope it is a 52 Tele. Good luck!
     

  3. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

    Very cool, I hope it's a legit 52'!

    How does it play and sound? It's got to be oozing mojo!
     

  4. digmeout

    digmeout TDPRI Member

    21
    May 30, 2011
    Arizona
    Amazing how those old pencil marks survive just about anything! Amazing guitar.
     

  5. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Meister

    352
    Oct 30, 2012
    West Sussex Uk
    Could the pencil marks/initials and date on the neck be from Tadeo Gomez, the Fender neck maker form he 50s?
     

  6. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    55
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    Ridden hard and put away wet!
     

  7. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    MA
    Nice! I need friends like that!
     

  8. Haellgren

    Haellgren TDPRI Member

    53
    Jun 19, 2015
    Skellefteå
    That one is just dripping in Mojo... You're a lucky man!
     

  9. CharlotteTele

    CharlotteTele TDPRI Member

    64
    Sep 30, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to adding even more mojo...if that's possible.
     

  10. CharlotteTele

    CharlotteTele TDPRI Member

    64
    Sep 30, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Looks like it to me :)
     

  11. Rockbreaker

    Rockbreaker Tele-Meister

    284
    Mar 19, 2011
    Long Island
    That's a beautiful true relic, the notches on the edges of the bridge make me think they probably tried to install some kind of Bigsby-like contraption. Super cool!
     

  12. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    You have any picture not so close and broken down? I would love to see a few pics of the guitar where I can tell what I'm looking at.
     

  13. CharlotteTele

    CharlotteTele TDPRI Member

    64
    Sep 30, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I will have better pics first of next week. This is all I have now.
     

  14. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    That's cool, I just wanted a better opportunity to appreciate your guitar.
     

  15. CharlotteTele

    CharlotteTele TDPRI Member

    64
    Sep 30, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    One last pic I forgot about...
     

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  16. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike

  17. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    That's kind of what I was looking for. That gives me a good gist of what I'm looking at, definitely a national treasure.
     

  18. bparnell57

    bparnell57 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 10, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA
    Man that's a very cool relic piece. Scary to imagine just how much the control plate is worth in that shape, let alone the original knobs or screws...
     

  19. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    kentucky
    Looks good there!
    Beauty!
     

  20. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    That one is a sad case, imho. I don't like to see that kind of neglect. I do like to resurrect such guitars, though. That one was definitely put up wet....and hasn't seen use in many years, right? One would want to try to save those screws in the bridge assembly. It will take some penetrating oil soaking for a while, ime.
    As for put up wet....it was put together after the refin while the paint was still wet to some extent..that is how the paint got stuck to the end of the neck.
     

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