As far as I know, the order for sunburst was yellow-red-black.I'm seeing traces of red in the neck pocket and a couple other spots on the back. I'm not sure how to interpret that; it might have been painted red at some point, but that could be the remnants of a sunburst finish, although I think it's customary for the black to be applied first.
You have a stamped neck date on a 1959? I'm no great expert, but I thought Fender didn't stamp any neck dates until at least 1962. Also a stamped neck date would have 3 letters for the month, not a digit.The neck is stamped “— 59”. The month digit is too faint to read.
If the suspicion is correct that the neck was refinished along with the body, it was likely stamped at the same time since the original date code would be wiped out.You have a stamped neck date on a 1959? I'm no great expert, but I thought Fender didn't stamp any neck dates until at least 1962. Also a stamped neck date would have 3 letters for the month, not a digit.
Be interesting to see the pots and bottoms of the pickups and such.Don't know if I've spotted something that no-one else has but...
the serial number on the neckplate is '32728'.
On the Fender website that serial no. brings up an Am Vin '52 Tele...
Am I missing something?
That is a refinish in a natural/clear, that has since aged.
That finish is unheard of on a Fender guitar of that vintage, and if it had been a factory '59 finish, the neck pocket would be sprayed. Not to mention other easy to read clues.
Hope you payed no more than half the value of one with an original finish.
There is no value to be gained by a refinish being a "vintage refinish," unless that refinish was done at the Fender factory. It's all about quality, composition, process, and color – not when it was done.
It's a good candidate for a proper restoration by Gordon Miller. Do that now, and down the road, it will increase its beauty and its value for it to have had a documented refin by one of the most respected names in the business...as opposed to having been stripped and coated in a non original color, who knows how, who knows when, and who knows by whom (but certainly not by a universally respected restorer
Go through the guitar with other similar guitars you own and figure out exactly what makes it play so much better. There will be subtle clues you'll identify, like a little more wood on the rear shoulders of the neck carve (that won't show up on regular width x depth spec sheet listings) or any small details.
Measure the actual kohms of the pots, the uF of the cap(s), and everything you can measure about the pickups (heights and bass/treble tip too).
Then you can replicate those features on any guitar you have or will get.
I got this used Epiphone Junior humbucker model a decade back and did a few mods to it (fret level, swapped the pickup) and it eventually became my most often played guitar. All of $30 in it. I went back through it and the one mod I did on it that made all the difference was rotating the bridge pickup 180 deg to put the raised screw poles on the 'north' bobbin for a P90 tone. I've since replicated that on several other guitars in the fleet and that was all that held them back from more play time.
So use this guitar as your benchmark to improve your other guitars to its
I mispoke - it's in pencil "—59".You have a stamped neck date on a 1959? I'm no great expert, but I thought Fender didn't stamp any neck dates until at least 1962. Also a stamped neck date would have 3 letters for the month, not a digit.
You mean you don’t talk to your wife about your guitars!?You said the seller is trying to get information about the guitar from the original owner’s wife.
I know what information you’d get from MY wife about any one of my 17 guitars. You might as well ask her for information on one of my socks.
P.S. Your guitar looks cool.