1959 Telecaster Custom body shape?

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  1. Gretev1

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    I remember reading about 1959 CustomTelecasters on guitarhq.com 10 years ago when it was still provide.net

    I remember reading that early 1959 Custom Telecaster guitars had a body shape that was slightly different from the traditional Telecaster body. I think the horn was slightly thinner and just very slightly pointier and not as thick. There were even pictures but I have since been unable to find the post on guitarhq.com
    Am I misremembering something or do some 1959 Custom Telecasters truly have a unique body shape?
    I will post pictures from guitar hq of a 1959 Custom Telecaster. I believe the slightly thinner horn is visible...
     

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    Thanks for the thread. IDK and had t heard that but .... mmmmm, that is Certainly one beautiful example.
     
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    A Telecaster with binding is a Custom Telecaster. A Telecaster Custom has a neck humbucker and Les Paul control layout. Just check the headstock…
     
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    My 1959 Custom Telecaster, no it's the same as any tele. I think the binding makes it appear thinner, it's not.


    RJ
     
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    thanks for the heads up. I will correct that!
     
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    love that the black is slowly fading!!
     
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    RJ, I've already said it here, but your custom 59 is one of the most beautiful I've seen.
     
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    I believe that's known as a 'chocolate sunburst,' where they used brown instead of black. They switched over to black around 1961 IIRC.

    - D
     
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    Indeed. That's a gorgeous guitar.

    - D
     
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    WOW! Just... WOW! That's the Fender finish-line right there, people. Gaze upon its glory.
     
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    Uh, I recall hearing at one point that the 1959’s were primarily top-load but I don’t personally own a 1959, I have a 1969, which is the best playing guitar I’ve ever laid my fingers on, but 1969 is CBS era (that’s a discussion for a whole other thread)
     
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    Nice guitar!

    Its lil' amp-buddy is pretty sweet too.
     
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    ...all that AND a tweed Champ.
     
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    Having taught engineering and product design for many years, I can tell you that adding a contrasting color, such as a white binding on a relatively dark body color can have a tremendous visual effect. Human perception is effected greatly by colors. I remember my color theory classes in college where we experimented with different colors and created hue, intensity, and value scales. I remember one experiment in particular where we took a color and surrounded it with other lighter and darker colors. Any color surrounded by white space appears lighter (in value) when viewed near the same color surrounded by black space. When you have a situation such as a telecaster with white binding, there is a visual illusion of the horn being smaller, because some of the area of any surface on the guitar is replaced with the white binding creating the illusion that the whole guitar is slightly smaller, when in fact only the burst (dark) area is smaller.

    Color theory aside, let me say that both of those guitars are frickin' awesome!
     
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