1971 tele with replaced neck ! Your thoughts ?

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  1. zoo1963

    zoo1963 TDPRI Member

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    Hi I just found a 1971 tele .

    The owner claims that everything is original except the neck ( it's a brand new reissue ).

    He said that the neck was broken by accident so he had to replace it .

    The guitar looks and sounds very nice and the OHCS is included .

    The owner asks about $3500 for it .

    Having in mind that the neck is not original so it's like a 1971 project tele , what do you think about the price ?

    What could be a fair price for it ?

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  2. goat813

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    I wouldn't pay anywhere near that price. That would be fair for an all original tele in much better condition. There's actually a few on eBay either at that price or lower and all seem to be in better condition. I would 1st want to have some time with it, see if the seller will let you or take pics of the p/g removed, the pots, inside neck pocket etc. Honestly if it was something that I wanted I'd more than likely offer about 1k. If you're willing to spend 3500 then get something that is original. That wouldn't ever be a collectors item, only a player and 3500 is to much IMO for a player.
     
  3. CrisHendrix

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    Yeah I'd find out how much 1971 bodies are going for, add 1-200 for the neck, maybe subtract a bit for the Bigsby, find out if the pickups are original.. but this isn't really a 1971 guitar imo, it's a partscaster with a 1971 body

    An original neck seems to be the most valuable part of a guitar, or at least it looks that way when reliablefender parts them out ;)
     
  4. goat813

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    also looks like the dude never cleaned the sweat off his guitar after playing. This honestly might be one to avoid bro....
     
  5. Shorecaster

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    looks like it has been refinished more than once too..
     
  6. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    Pass...
     
  7. Jonny_Quest

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    $750
     
  8. Oster

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    It's priced a little high considering the neck but it doesn't look fishy to me. That's the way early '70s Fenders age and everything else looks right.

    He replaced the broken neck with a proper Fender neck and everything else is original so this is much more than a 'project partscaster'.
     
  9. telex76

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    Too much for not all original.
     
  10. ralph phillips

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    I have an original one with new pups that I would sell for that.
     
  11. BritishBluesBoy

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    All original except a replaced neck...?? That's a pretty big thing to be replaced and still be called all original 'except'... No way is it worth that much either. Not even close. The Bigsby makes it worth less still. If you are really keen offer him a grand, any more than that just isn't worth in my opinion.

    If it was me looking for an older Telecaster I'd walk away and look for a complete one.
     
  12. adjason

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    Not over $1000
     
  13. tpaul

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    I've never seen finish wear like that.

    I would not pay anything close to that price for that guitar. Look around and you'll find other early '70s teles with original necks for the same money.
     
  14. azoldguy

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    No thanks.
     
  15. PJ55

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    I might have gone with a '70s decal and a couple of '70s-style string-trees, but other than that, it's a great looking Tele. The old necks wear out after a quarter-century or so, anyway. You can always look for an early 70s neck. Even one that needs a little work. But, as a player, you've got everything you need right there. I'm just a stickler for that "period-correct" stuff. But, that's just my own phobia - I try not to push that on any innocent bystanders.
     
  16. PJ55

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    By the serial number, that one might be older than a '71. Mine's a '70 at 333XXX. I would have thought yours would be a '69 or '70 at the latest.
     
  17. 68thinline

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    333XXX would be an early '72. 300-330 is the general range for a '71. This one looks to be right in the middle.

    IMO the neck is the best thing a bout a vintage tele of this time period. Like another poster said above, you value this instrument based on the value of a vintage body and add $200 for a brand new neck.
     
  18. dsutton24

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    In my opinion, $3500 would be top dollar for a very good '71 Telecaster. This ain't it. It looks like you could expect to pay $1500+ for an original vintage repalcement neck. And, this thing has been beat to hell...

    If it plays well and has no other problems, I'd try to buy it for $700 - $1000, and top end only if it's a really good player.
     
  19. PJ55

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    Sorry....my mistake - it's 300XXX. Neck is dated '70. I guess that would make his a '71.
     
  20. oramac7891

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    No price, I would pass.

    Nothing fishy, just looks hacked on
     
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