1973 Telecaster Deluxe, real?

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  1. Denton

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    I come from bass world, but a white pickguard was stock in that 72-73 era before the switch to all black the rest of the decade. Not on sunbursts, but other solid colors. I had a 74 Jazz that was black with white pg
     
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    That is a stripped alder body. Originally SB or black probably.
     
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    You probably have your answers, but here are shots of my all original '73 Deluxe.

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    It looks legit from my recollection. Those pickups look like the originals. Do your research though!
     
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    Those are NOT vintage knobs, the originals have a concave shaped center piece and the font is smaller. That might be a reissue or MIJ
     
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    as has been said that looks like an alder body- if so it is not the original finish. That price should be much lower for that-and make sure if you consider it to see the pickups under the cover and make sure they are originals. Not top carve on those either- I still cant tell if it has one or not. Neck looks right except for nut but I would want to see the heel before considering it too
     
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    I think what they are asking is almost twice what it is worth.
     
  10. Matthias

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    The bridge is correct. The Deluxes used a unique, narrower bridge with cast saddles… most/all post-72 70s Fender saddles were cast, not bent steel, but all the reissues used the bent steel saddles. These later cropped up on Fender Leads.

    These are correct also. The early deluxes used, it seems, leftover knobs used on the Electric XII but these changed quite early in the run to something similar to Gibsons.
     
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    Makes sense that Fender would color paint a body with a knot in it vs clear it.
     
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    I'm not in expert but I believe the '73 only came in mocha brown and black. There is a reissue released by Wildwood & Fender called the Thin Skin series and they call it a '73, but I have an all-original '73 that my love for has brought me here today. I'm trying to upload a photo with high resolution but they're apparently too big
     
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    584*** serial, I know they're a bit all over the place but have you checked the neck date? Great looking guitar regardless, Mocha has nicely faded all over.
     
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    Definitely check the pickups. I bought a 75 four or so years ago on Reverb and when i took it apart...the reissue pickups. Guy said he had no idea and offered the guitar to me for $1000 (refund the other $1200 back to me). I passed because the guitar weighed close to 9 lbs if I remember correctly. Loved the mocha and maple but was not loving the tone, which is because somebody swapped out the original WRHB’s. Disappointing experience all the way around.
     
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    Thanks. I love it, haven't taken the neck off but the guy I purchased it from showed pix of it apart. I can't remember the dates but it was legit
     
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    I've verified them. Didn't take pix at the time but I wasn't even worried when I did because these puppies sound unreal.
     
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    My '75 has 508149 as the serial number, the neck plate must have been hiding at the back of a cupboard for a couple of years before they found and used it. Have seen quite a few 73/74's with much later stamps.
     
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    I'm sorry, I misunderstood your message, are you saying the knobs in the Reverb add picture for this guitar ARE or AREN'T original? I have two sets of the originals, one that came with my 73 and a spare set I bought and I have a couple of reissues and the knobs are definitely different. To the untrained eye they might look the same but they're not
     
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    The knobs in the Reverb post seem correct for very early ones but Fender seem to have moved very quickly to the style you described. I discovered this researching my own ‘73 against lots of vintage ones online - the early ones (or at least a lot of them) like mine apparently have the same style knobs as the Electric XII. The reissue knobs may have also changed over the years but I think they usually have the numbers the other way up to these old Fender Electric XII amp-style ones.
     
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