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1953 Tele Mutilation

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Obelisk, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Eh. A little Bondo and a solid color paint job, and it'll be good as new.
     
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  2. dan1952

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    What a lot of tdpri members don't realize is that old Teles, or ANY old guitars, were not priceless treasures to be handled with white gloves. They were tools to be used in smoky beer joints, left leaning against the amplifier between Monday and Tuesday night, carved on, left in the back of a pickup truck, traded for a lawnmower, left in a pawnshop by someone who didn't redeem a 50 dollar pawn ticket...
     
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  3. number71

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    And the owner of the repair shop is dead

    https://www.maugergivnish.com/obituary/clarence-schulte
     
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  4. GoldenSpur

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  5. Flyboy

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    Quick one-up for a cracking tune
     
  6. ehawley

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    Well... the neck is not a 53... 12th fret dots are spaced to far apart... the bridge has no serial number on it, unless it was shopped out ( why do people do that, unless they stole it!!...)... I guess you can ask any price for anything these days
     
  7. Obelisk

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    It will be back. This seller has listed it about dozen times. It just reeks of fraud.
     
  8. iluvfender

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    You don't like how the early Telecasters look ? When did they change ?
     
  9. stupidhead

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    For 59k I would fly first class anywhere in the world and hand-deliver it. No cost to the buyer. And bring my girlfriend. And vacation there for a month.
     
  10. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Y'all are missing something here....

    That's my dream guitar, I just put my house on fire sale to fund it.

    I think I'll offer him an extra 10K just hold it for 30 days while my house sells at 25% under market value.

    Dennis Link is perhaps the greatest sculptor of the 1960s, that guitar is underpriced if anything.

    see...

    http://letmegooglethat.com/?q=dennis+link+artist+1960s

    oh um...Dennis Hopper... well?
     
  11. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Not to derail the thread, but what I'm really curious about is the 1968 "project" tele for $450 listed in the TDPRI's very own classified ads? why isn't there a thread about that.
     
  12. El Tele Lobo

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    Hope springs eternal...
     
  13. tamer_of_banthas

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    it hurt to read the subject line, it hurt to click the link, and it hurt the most to see the picture.

    waste of a good guitar.
     
  14. Swampash&Tweed

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    That would be a horrible eyesaw even if it was just a reissue.
     
  15. Charlodius

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    The guy has the right to ask whatever outlandish price he feels he would sell the guitar for. It does not have to be rational. What he does not have the right to do is claim this is a 53. At least without disclaimers, such as aftermarket bridge, saddles, bridge pickup, control plate, knobs, pickguard, neck, and string tree. I can’t tell if the body is legit. The ferrules look almost too straight, and I can’t see any lip at the neck pocket, where the early necks and bodies didn’t 100% line up. Tuners and neck pickup could be legit but the pics don’t show enough to confirm, and given the other inconsistencies, they are subject to suspicion as well.
     
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    Is there no way to report this to Ebay, and possibly save an unknowing buyer some heart ache, or are we stuck with "Buyer beware" rules of commerce here?
     
  17. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Afflicted

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    I'd like to think that anyone laying out that much for a supposedly "vintage" Tele
    would have the smarts enough to do their research and determine the legitimacy of the guitar.

    "I'd like to think that".... but you can't account for stupid.....
     
  18. pcasarona

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    I thought about that as I was typing my question. It just bugs me that people are out there doing this kind of stuff and there is this wonderful group of experts right here that know that it's bogus (intentionally or otherwise). Just wish there was an avenue to report this kind of thing. Perhaps the seller doesn't know and is just passing on the information that he was given. Not everyone selling on Ebay is an expert authority on what there selling. That's why honest folks admit that in their ads and are glad to get correct feedback on their listing. I had to contact a guy the other day that was selling a hard tail bridge cover for a 70's Tele Custom. Of course he wasn't selling it for $59K...
     
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