1968 Telecaster

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  1. TJStone

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    recently purchased '68 maple cap Telecaster with original case. I think it's a mostly unmodified survivor, but I'm a player not a collector, so I'll leave it to those here with more knowledge to spot any mods or un-original parts. Thanks!
    68 tele.jpg 68 tele body.jpg 68 tele neck stamp.jpg 68 tele pots and wiring.jpg 68 tele bridge pup 2.jpg 68 tele neck pickup.jpg
     
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    Here's a few more pics....
    68 tele body 2.JPG 68 tele neck.JPG 68 tele head f.JPG 68 tele head r.JPG
     
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    Wow - dang nice old tele!
     
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    Beautiful tele. Congratulations.
     
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    Ni-hi-hice!
     
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    Pots look right, I can tell they're Stackpoles by the ring stamped into the base of the housing. I can't tell, but do those pots say 1 MEG AUD? If you can post some close ups of the pot codes, that would be awesome! The ceramic caps look right for the period. Blue and white lead wires for the pickups are right too. That switch is not the usual CRL 1452, looks to me like an Oak Grigsby by the looks of it, but it's certainly an old switch, and that could very well be original. Of course, my pre-CBS knowledge far exceeds my CBS era knowledge, I will defer to those who know more about CBS guitars.
    EDIT: Correction, blue and white cloth for the neck pup wires and blue and yellow cloth for the bridge pup wires. By 69 they would transition to PVC insulation.
     
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    @Marn99 Thanks for the info, I'll try to get some closeups of the pots.
     
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    pots read: 015479 1 MEG AUD 304-66-17
     
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    304 - this means they're made by Stackpole
    66-17 - the pot was made in the 17th week of 1966
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    and - ooooo babeh!

    My amateur 2c: It looks completely unmolested - I wouldn't even attempt to clean anything.

    It's a little surprising to see a '68 with a router slot for the neck pickup - but well within the realm of possibilities.

    How are the string ferrules on the back? flush or above the body?

    can you tell if the finish is poly or nitro? The finish crazing makes me think nitro but I'll defer to the experts.

    It's gorgeous all around - congrats!

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    The controls are definitely on point for a 68, 1meg pots and the treble bleed circuit became standard around that time. 1meg pots means it can get super bright or trebly (aka 'ice pick' tone). I've got a 68 that's mostly stock and I find it sounds best dialed back a bit on the volume. YMMV
     
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    By the way it's not uncommon in late 60s Fenders to have pots older than the instrument itself, sometime around 1966 they bought large volumes of potentiometers from CTS and Stackpole, and the supply lasted them for years.
     
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    Stunner! Thanks for sharing
     
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    Love that '68. I had a '70 and sold it cheap back in the early '80s. Would love to have it back.
     
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    Nice.
     
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    Looks all original. I have had two 68's, and a late 67 and still have two of them. That switch has been brought up here before a long time ago. I'll see if I can find the post. My current 68 has the same switch, I think it is referred to as a smiley face switch. Both of my 68's had the neck pickup channel route. Your decal looks really nice. On the more played examples, the gold on the outside of the "Fender" part of the decal either gets darker, or the black bleeds into it. Notice how the gold part is raised more, I haven't seen a repro decal that gets that part right. I'm not a fan of the 1 meg pots, but once you understand what you have, you can adjust accordingly. Took me a long time to figure that out before the internet.
     
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    Nice axe. My 68 which I bought new has no markings on the neck at all. It is all original except for a refin.
     
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    Know nothing about, but... LOVE IT!
     
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    non authentic CBS tele: no good.
     
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    @Marn99, @skunqesh, @Pete Baker Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Yes, skunqesh it is a nitro finish on both the body and neck. I re-strung it with 10-46's and am playing it through a Princeton Reverb and the tone is something else. I'm very happy with how it plays and sounds.
     
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