1959 Telecaster Custom

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by JABSolstice, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. JABSolstice

    JABSolstice TDPRI Member

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    My wife's grandfather can no longer play guitar, so I now have ownership of what I believe to be a '59 Telecaster Custom. I am wondering if the fine folks here can point me in the direction of the original specs of that model as I am having a hard time finding something from Fender.

    Thanks in advance.

    Oh...and of course, here is a picture:
     

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  2. jondanger

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    So cool!

    Lots of us will want to see the neck plate (serial number) and stampings on the neck heel and pocket. Removing the neck is the first step towards establishing authenticity IMO.
     
  3. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    "Here is a picture"

    Hahah! Sure! Good luck feeding the beast! :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  4. RadioFM74

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    Let him tell you the whole story. If you don't have to sell it, it might be all you need.

    Great guitar and I am terribly envious! HNGD!
     
  5. JABSolstice

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    SN is 42596 which puts at the tail end of '59 according to the limited research I have done.
     

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    It will never be sold as long as I am alive. This thing is just too cool. Plus all that sentimental stuff...

    Unfortunately, his mind is not accessible anymore so I can't get the full story of the guitar. I have talked to my father in law quite a bit about it as he grew up playing it with his siblings. They just kind of beat on it, though since they never learned to play.
     
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    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    Iconic guitar, iconic year, wish I had more to state than that. Looks fantastic and congrats, if your grandfather got it back in the 60's/70's there's not much more to know other than nitpicking details which require a bit more up close pics & disassembly.


    Lucky fella, I was mostly left with cat urine stained magazines & furniture!
     
  8. JABSolstice

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    I'm fairly certain of the authenticity, I was just looking to see what the specs were.
     
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    Sorry to hear the old fella can't play anymore but that is a serious nice guitar to be given
     
  10. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    Slab fretbboard design, Alder body, brazilian rosewood fretboard, maple neck, 7.25" radius...

    could be string through bridge, top loader and/or both, let us know.
     
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    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That certainly is one sexy guitar. Congrats.

    - D
     
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    Man, that’s a cool axe. Glad to hear it’s staying in the family.
     
  13. JABSolstice

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    Both.
     
  14. Fretting out

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    Gorgeous!
    Can you please post a picture of the back/with neck showing and maybe the bridge if possible.
    That’s one drool worthy guitar there.
     
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    Recce Friend of Leo's

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    There might be some place in California but you could send pictures to Gruhn’s in Nashville and he can tell you about it. There is a cost although I don’t know how much it costs for an appraisal.
     
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    Telecaster Customs and regular old Telecasters only had 1 difference, and that was the binding. What specifically are you looking to find out about it?

    Looks to be a slab of Brazilian Rosewood. The top-loader was a brief period aroubd 1959 for Teles. Body wood... Alder or Ash I guess. The sunburst might have impacted what wood. Original switch tip looks to be missing.

    Beautiful guitar.
     
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    Custom's were alder, had a 3 ply grey/greenish guard, and binding.

    http://www.guitarhq.com/59tele.html

    Check your pot date codes. Should read 137 9xx. The neck probably doesn't have a date.
    Could be a 59 or early 60.

    Congrats!!! :D
     
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    What you have is dinosaur doo-doo - a genuine one owner provenanced guitar. Write down anything you can and if there are any pics of your in-law with the guitar put them together.

    Any documents that refer to it - not to sound mercenary but it's worth preserving even thy you're not intending to sell. It's a real piece of American cultural and sociological history to find one so well preserved. Used, but not altered or Billy-Bobbed.
     
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    That looks like a 2 tone burst, which is my preferred look.

    Very nice. Congrats.
     
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