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A strange Tele like object showed up today. But what is it?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Jaymann, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. Jaymann

    Jaymann TDPRI Member

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    A friend called and said he has an old Telecaster he is in possession of. (which of course got my attention!)
    It belonged to a friend of his that passed away. He has no info about it other than he thought it was an old Fender. Although I was disappointed when he opened the case, I am intrigued.

    Obviously that logo is wrong.
    Neck has a walnut skunk stripe and plug.
    Heel adjust truss rod, but it's an allen head.
    Date code on the tone pot is 1977. Volume pot has been replaced with a very poor solder job.

    I've never seen that style of humbucker before. It's seems hot at first listen.
    Bridge pickup has got me interested. Staggered pole pieces, black rope wound. The top bobbin is warped up on both sides. Seems a bit thin, and no where near as loud as neck.

    I'm going to dig a little deeper as I get this thing cleaned up and set up.
    It's currently got what I'm guessing are 13's with a wound g.
    Neck was bowed like a banana.

    Anyone seen any thing here that looks familiar to them?

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  2. speedy mcfeely

    speedy mcfeely Tele-Holic

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    Tele shaped object is correct. Not any official Tele that I’ve ever seen?
     
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  3. BobbyMac

    BobbyMac Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Complete fake.
     
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  4. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Looks like a old sunburst that someone changed neck pickup.
     
  5. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    From the second picture, alone, I can see that the headstock shape is bogus.

    Can you show is pics of the back and the insides?
     
  6. fretWalkr

    fretWalkr Tele-Meister

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    Consider it TLO with some nice wood. If it plays ok, with some decent PUs it could be an decent knock around or maybe a gig-able tele clone. More pics please.
     
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  7. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    intriguing creature from the Far East
     
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  8. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

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    The humbucker may be an 80s Schaller. I really have not idea who might have built/manufactured this one but it's a pretty guitar. Were there any marks/stamps on the body or neck?
     
  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Not quite true.....looks like a genuine six-string electric guitar. ;)
     
  10. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    The shape of this "T" body is all wrong, for any actual Fender product, any vintage.

    My sense is, it is 100% phony. Sorry.
     
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  11. Jaymann

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    I'm going to dig deeper on it tonight or tomorrow. It's old whatever it is. From the 80's at least I'd guess. It also came in with a pretty nice 1965 Vibro Champ.
     
  12. jvin248

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    Tuner knobs have the same shape as most of the 'trapezoid tuners' ... that went on all the low priced knock offs in the early 1990s. Pictures of the control cavity electronics may reveal more.

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  13. Jaymann

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    I found out the humbucker is a 1979 Yamaha SG-1500. The route for it was done poorly, freehand, and removed any finish that was in the cavity. I'll post some pics tomorrow.
     
  14. LowCaster

    LowCaster Tele-Afflicted

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    So it's an early partscaster with late 70's hardware. I noticed that he body has a double binding, which seems more frequently associated with early les paul copies than telecasters.
     
  15. Tonetele

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    Going on the eBay logo alone that's one fake guitar.
     
  16. LoveHz

    LoveHz Tele-Holic

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    If it plays good, sounds good and stays in tune I wouldn't worry about its parentage so long as nobody tried to pass it off as an actual Fender. The pickups at least look standard size so can easily be change if required.

    I'm always intrigued by guotars like this. I give 'em a go and see what happens.
     
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  17. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Afflicted

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    That humbucker looks very similar to the one's Yamaha used in the SG2000, etc.

    Very nice, splittable pickup !

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  18. hemingway

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    If it didn't cost me anything and it sounded ok I'd play a fake all day long.

    Brings to mind the age old question: what came first, the tele or the partscaster . . .
     
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    My guess is Asia ... not Japan ...
    Korea, Vietnam, maybe Indonesia...
     
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