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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Ktats44, Aug 1, 2019.
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Oh good Lord. That is SOME trash find.
A good luthier will likely fill those cracks delicately and you'll barely notice.
A very collectible guitar that looks like it’s spent quite a bit of time outdoors unfortunately. But you should be able to get it up and running fairly easily. Hopefully it’s nothing some WD40, contact cleaner, glue, and a few clamps can’t fix. That split up the neck is probably the largest issue. I see at least a partial refret in this guitar’s future. I love projects like this!
Great score! Yeah that neck and a couple of spots on the body will need to be glued by a luthier and then refretted, but otherwise, that's going to be a cool guitar. Any idea if the pickups still work?
I have the same model and year (except no smuggler's cavity) and I think you're going to be in for a treat.
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: If your luthier decides to replace any parts, be sure you keep the originals.
Retrofret in Brooklyn specializes in restoring vintage instruments — and if they aren't the right ones to do it, they'll know who is. That thing is going to be a beauty someday!
my guy plugged it in and got no signal from the jack but he was able to test the pickups and they both work!
It has the typical round lam maple fretboard so this will be an easy fix for any luthier worth its salt.
If it was a one piece neck it would have been harder but with a separate fb it will be easy.
Do you think so? I would think that the crack extends below the fretboard. Maybe it is caused by corrosion of the trussrod? I am not sure if it is an easy fix (though absolutely possible and worth it). And for repairing any crack: the best chance you get to fix it is the FIRST chance. After a crack repair has been messed up it gets ever more difficult. It would definately spend some time examining that neck very closely before taking action to repair it. The cracks in the body are not very relevant I think and may only be glued for the cosmetic effect if you care about that (I would not after the guitar has been cleaned)
Welcome, and nice score!
That is what I call luck given the condition it is in! I cannot really say what happened to this guitar, whether it is moisture or something else. But the fact that the pickup magnets apparently did not corrode that much is good news I would say. Perhaps the other metal parts (like the trusrod) have not corroded all that much as well. Fantastic find BTW!!
Oh yes and whatever you do, DON'T refinish it!
Had it looked at today and thats pretty much exactly what my guy said. He couldnt get the truss rod to budge and he was afraid to push it too hard and make the crack worse as it stems from there.
I wouldn't dream of it out of fear of the backlash from these forums alone
If you look at the corrosion on the saddles, intonation springs and screws it is hard to figure out what happened to this guitar. Some of the corrosion seems to be of recent date. But I agree it likely spend some years outdoors.
You could take an x-ray to see if the metal has expanded due to corrosion. If badly corroded I would have it replaced before any attempt to glue the crack. That is not easy but I have seen it done. For instance by opening the fretboard at the first fret (where the rod is anchored). Or even entirely removing the fretboard and the wooden strip in the channel.
Yes we WILL find you in the end. Also with some polishing you can get it to look real nice.
Assuming the corroded rod is the problem, how you would be able to fix it would depend on which glued parts you will be able to separate without breaking the thing into pieces I guess. If you are able to remove the entire fretboard in one piece, you would be very lucky as the concave wooden strip can probably be taken out as well.
It is also not impossible to find a nice period correct replacement neck if the repair proves too difficult.
Really great and worthwhile project!
That looks like water damage on the body the screw holes have swollen and split if you run your hand over the finish and it flakes off on your hands that's a sign of it
even the crack on the neck could of started off as a small crack and water has got into it