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1970 Telecaster - no fading under pickguard?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by selexis, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. selexis

    selexis TDPRI Member

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    Hi there,

    after so many helpful answers in my "66 Telecaster thread" and my decision, not to buy that one, a 1970 Telecaster caught my eye :)

    But again, I am not sure about the finish, as there is no fading/difference in colour under the pickguard.
    Anyone seen this before?
    And I know these black plastic under the neck plate, but I thought they came up in the mid 70ies...

    Thanks so much for any help

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  2. john_cribbin

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    I'd suggest refinished, looks like two distinct paint lines in the pocket.
     
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    Probably a refin, but in really good shape nonetheless.
     
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    Definately a refin. Is it priced accordingly?
     
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    Black gasket and F-plate could be original. From not the best shot it looks like pickups, bridge and body details OK. Definitely refin. If price is right, go for it.
     
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    Great looking guitar.
     
  7. selexis

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    unfortunately not :/
     
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    The black gasket didn’t happen in 1970. It was more like the mid to late 1970s.
     
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    My ‘70 is poly finished from the factory and also is fadeless under the pickguard. Pretty sure the fading occurs when they used a nitro top coat, as they did only on the headstock face by 1970.
     
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  10. Antoon

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    All 70s Blond poly-finished Tele's that I have seen were really light in color under the pickguard. It may be that a guitar was never exposed to much UV light at all, in which case the whole body remains light in color. But the early 70s Blond Tele's yellow quite a bit in my experience. Like the TDPRI background color
     
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    really? Would you mind sharing a picture?
    I spend hours browsing the internet and looked at literally all 1970s Teles I found and ever single one had at least a light fading...
     
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    My 78 is lighter under the pickguard but what if the guitar went naked without any guard for most of the time?(mine was so for a period)
    It would equally fade!
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    Aside from the finish being iffy I'd put that body closer to 1974.
    Bass side cutaway has the '73/74 change that fits with the plastic under the plate.
    One or two string trees?
     
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  14. selexis

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    Two string trees - but the second one was added later (at least that is what I was told)

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    Thanks so far guys, you are awesome.
     
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    Here's my 78 501 Blond. The later CBS paint was a bit different to the late 60s/early 70s.

    The area under the guard is the original colour. Elsewhere is aged.
     
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    Could you explain? I have no idea what you are referring to :)
     
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    Pickguard would date it to around 69 if original, 69’s had pearloid backs

    Body looks pre 72 to me
     
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    There’s a piece of black plastic the neck plate sits on top of and they started in the late 70’s
     
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    Thanks! What do you think about the finish??
     
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