1989 Tele Am Std "MUSTA" Stamp?

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  1. Neener

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    Just took an 1989 Tele American Standard in to my local shop for setup. Had him pull the neck and take some pics.

    Does anyone know about the "MUSTA" stamp?

    Any additional info the guitars place in Fender history would be appreciated

    Thanks!

    (Pick guard is not original. Body pics were taken pre-setup)

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  2. Fretting out

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    It’s not an inspectors name stamp is it ?
    Usually they are more traditional names and names of Mexican heritage but I wouldn’t right it off as an inspection stamp.
    I know they used inspection stamps with the inspectors name throughout the 70’s.

    Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in soon
     
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  3. L.A. Mike

    L.A. Mike Tele-Holic

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    if no one here knows, Fender customer service can help you
    you'll have to call Monday, they are in Arizona
    they have a good database to access info from and it's guitarists who answer the phone
    1-800-856-9801
     
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  4. Neener

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    Yes hopefully the tele gurus come out the woodwork, but I definitely will, that would be interesting.
     
  5. Neener

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    The more I think of it maybe it's "M.....United States of America"? possibly "MADE or MANUFACTURED"?
     
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    MUSTA....looks to me like the M and A were added separately..they are a not aligned with the UST, as well as the UST are aligned with each other, and are a sloppier and not as sharp a font .

    Could UST mean U.S. Telecaster, defining the neck ? Call Fender, as suggested....
     
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  7. tlsmack

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    That where the inspector usually stamps, he MUSTA forgot this one.
     
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    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I suspect it's a smudged inspector's stamp. They used that font for them.
     
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    The inspector stamps were block letter individual digits. Musta was probably the ofQC surname stamp of the neck hardware. assembler
     
  10. Neener

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    Musta been a new guy
     
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  11. Neener

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    Interesting...I’m looking forward to contacting Fender if the collective TDPRI community is stumped!
     
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    They're unlikely to have anything to add - this is just a regular Am Std dime a dozen guitar? Lots of people posted names like Ramirez and Mendez. Mr/Mrs Musta may not have stayed around long and there just might not be many guits made/assembled/checked by him/her.

    We get tied up in minutiae - if it was a Custom Shop with a noted builder it may add value but really, it's like Tadeo Gomez making Blackguard necks and bodies. Often the people are bemused by the interest. They're just a 'guy doing a job'.

    Instead of installing bumpers in a car plant or cleaning schools they're screwing down necks on a production line.

    Tadeo left Fender in the fifties - possibly due to OH&S health issues, suggested because he returned as a security guard in the sixties.

    His family when tracked down in the 80s confirmed he was a good family man, but were surprised he had some status as a magic dust sprinkler for iconic guitars. News to them
     
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  13. Neener

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    I agree. I personally don’t put any monetary value in the name, I just find it interesting.
     
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    This has probably nothing to do with it, but ”musta” means literally ”black” in Finnish. But hey, you’ve got a musta pickguard, so there’s your connection :D

    Edit: aww, just noticed that the pickguard isn’t original. So there goes my highly scientifical explanation!
     
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    The well known guitarist MUSTAffa Tele?
     
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  16. Neener

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    It’s ok :lol:
     
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    Maybe it's the neck builders name
     
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  18. Neener

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    For sure, I was just seeing if anyone knew more or if there was any significance, being one of the first years of the American Standard.
     
  19. Mike Eskimo

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    You’ll figure it out but - what’s it weigh ?

    Every older Am Std I run into plays great but is a boat anchor.
     
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