1966-68 Custom Tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by SeannyD, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. SeannyD

    SeannyD TDPRI Member

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    Hi all new to the group and had a question for those that know that transition period.
    I’ve seen a Tele but has a few things I’d love to know more on.
    The plate serial reads 169- - - the pots are dated 67 and the neck is dated 1968 and is maple capped.
    Has anyone encountered a date span that wide or is it likely this was put together. If so why use a 66 dated plate with a 68 Neck sort of devalues the plate. Easier to just source a 68 plate I’d figure.

    Any help, knowledge or guidance is appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. derekwarner

    derekwarner Tele-Meister

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    If you do indeed have a Telecaster with cumulative component date references from 1966 to 1968, by default the last date is the Vintage date....'so, this is a very good position to be in'

    There are numerous postings here confirming that Fender date coding accuracy in earlier years was of lesser importance, pots were apparently purchased in bulk lots of 'thousands....... arms dated, then a prenumbered plate from a bulk supply added

    Could I would suggest you do not alter or change any component, as this would devalue the guitar

    My 70' Tele has pots from earlier years.......no matter, it is a 70' model

    Why not post a few images of your pride & joy!

    Derek
     
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  3. SeannyD

    SeannyD TDPRI Member

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    Still trying to get my hands on it. As soon as I do I will post some pics.
    Was just curious on the spread of dates on it. Understand it’s a 68 the neck plate serial date threw me a little. Cheers
     
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  4. derekwarner

    derekwarner Tele-Meister

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    You know, there are so many stories here with those dishonestly purporting musical instruments by age history

    Honesty is the best policy....so if selling, there is absolutely no reason to advertise your guitar as a vintage with the spread of component dates you have offered, as any potential purchaser would want to see these ....arm date, electrics with pots with date codes etc & body to arm plate F 169--- ....so a '69 Tele with earlier dated components is a valuable item

    [how does it play & sound?]

    Just thinking, does the neck plate coded 169---, have the large F for Fender engraved into the plate?

    If you are unsure of the originality, you can always pen a note to Fender quoting the mounting plate Number.....they may be able to authenticate the instrument

    Derek
     
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  5. SeannyD

    SeannyD TDPRI Member

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    Plays and sounds great.
    Just doing my research and gathering info as you know the late 60’s ones are now super exy.
    Buying to play it not flip it.
     
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    Yes has the F engravement.
    Last letter I wrote to Fender was 7 months ago still awaiting a reply.
     
  7. blue metalflake

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    Spread of numbers in this era is quite common - the serial number is probably the least useful - reputedly lifted from boxes in relatively random order with “older” plates lying in the bottom for some time.
    My guess is this would be a great guitar to get your hands on.
     
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  8. SeannyD

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    Yeah doing my best to wrangle her.
    I’ve read the books and trust the seller just try and cross all the t’s.
    Will post pics when I get her home.
     
  9. VillainSean

    VillainSean Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    My understanding is that Fender did it this way (sort of randomly) until they started putting matching serial numbers on the headstock & the back of the pickguards in the mid 70s.
     
  10. Dacious

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    My 78 (could have actually been later) had little part number stickers in the neck pocket, pickup routes, back of the pickguard, everywhere.
     
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    On a '78 Strat I had, the little stickers had the serial number on it.
     
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    Yes they all had the serial number matching the headstock no.
     
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