1959 Telecaster Custom

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

  1. scottser

    scottser Friend of Leo's

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    As above, get a proper appraisal done and get it insured. You'd be mad not to., she's an absolute peach.
     
  2. monkeybanana

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    Beautiful. I too would leave the neck on. Check the pot codes if curious but since you know exactly where it came from no need to pop that neck off. I would get it insured and play it to hell.
     
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  3. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

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    +1 to what monkeybanana said above.
    Enjoy it!
     
  4. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Dang it you made me have to go pop my case open and take a look! ;)
    To see what the double bounds are called I always get it backwards
     
  5. ezra1

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    Fender did some odd stuff in 1959.
    I had a hardtail Strat and in 1959 many if not most had nothing written on the end of the neck.
     
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  6. Crashbelt

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    Its a classic and with all the provenance too. I wouldn't pop the neck or turn a screw - it just needs to be played.
     
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  7. rze99

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    Still waiting for more pics..
     
  8. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

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    wow...
     
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  10. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    It’s like the biggest tease since I took “that” girl to prom! ;)

    That teles sooo sweet and it’s like “no you’re not gonna see more of me, use your imagination “
     
  11. rze99

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    Will NOT show you my Tele. You are not worthy.

    We've shown you ours.....
     
  12. Quacky

    Quacky Tele-Meister

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    That is one sweet fifty nine if there was any justice in the vintage market that would be at the same elevation as a fifty nine LP standard both iconic guitars in my humble opinion and both ridiculously overpriced :)
     
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  13. JABSolstice

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    Alright you fiends...

    I've been in Alaska for the last week, sorry for the delay.

    I decided to take this to a local vintage shop to have it gone over and cleaned up. Here are the before pics. I'll post the after once I get it back. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
     
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    That is an amazing guitar you’ve got. I couldn’t imagine having something like that passed down to me.

    I wouldn’t pop the neck off, chances are there is no penciled date on there. Rumor is that Fender employees were writing curse words on the necks and Leo took their pencils away... that’s why most ‘59s don’t have anything written on the neck heel.

    Enjoy that thing! I can only imagine how it plays
     
  15. d barham

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    Nice, nice guitar. BTW, what is ‘custom’ about the Custom Telecaster?
     
  16. Mudman32

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    Binding is it afaik
     
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  17. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    Binding, alder body, 8 hole 3-ply pickguard, custom 3-tone sunburst paint.
     
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    Do you know or is there some kind of documentation of the era of "no pencil dates on neck butts"?
    TIA
     
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    It was mentioned in the Duchoissir (sp?) Telecaster book, and I've seen lot's of pictures of 1959 slab rosewood neck Tele's and early 1960's; and most, if not all, did not have a neck date.

    The latest maple neck 59 tele I've seen with a neck date was 4-59 (April)

    For a 59 or early 60 slab neck tele, you have to go by neck plate serial number, body pencil date (on the bottom of the bridge cavity) and pot codes.

    These should have CTS pots (For example 137 916 - 16th week of 1959) (The earliest slab tele's pot codes that I've seen were 137 825 - 25th week of 1958)

    FWIW, the latest 1959 pot codes I've seen were 137 947 - 47th week of 1959.
     
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  20. Fretting out

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    I don’t know what cleaned up means but I think if it were mine I’d leave the “mojo” intact
     
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