A Tale of Horror?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Corvus, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Corvus

    Corvus TDPRI Member

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    Still playing but I'm so old I can remember when there were dinosaurs in the park!
    In the 1960's, certainly here in the UK you had to learn on barely playable planks and "real" guitars were unaffordable to mortals. So in 1970, having my first real job, I bought a used 1963 Telecaster. Now, of course 60's guitars weren't "vintage" or collectable then, just old and my tele had very little left of it's blonde finish and had been hard used.
    Nowadays, not to keep a vintage instrument other than as original as possible is considered to be a mortal sin but not then. So I sanded all the finish off the body and had it French polished in a natural brown. Then I noted Keith Richards tele had a humbucker in the fingerboard position and though parts were very hard to come by then, I did find a genuine Gibson one in a store in London.
    But how to fit it as there were no videos or even books then and neither had anyone seen a portable router. So I took a mallet and a chisel to a '63 tele! Crude but it did the job and I had it re-fretted and a decent pickguard made and the original wiring scheme changed to the current style. Loved it for a couple of years before it went part-x for a '60's Epi Casino because John Lennon used one!
     
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    so do you still have the casino?
     
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    I'd hate for my buds here at TDPRI to see what I did to my 1960 double cut Les Paul Jr with a drill and hammer and chisel to try and install a neck P-90.(back around '69 or '70).....It's a sad mess.....and I had to make a custom pickguard to cover the damage......yeah, baby (me) did a bad, bad thing! :(
     
  4. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Holic

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    You in fine company, we've all done things to our guitars that we later regret. But you can still say you had a '63, that's a great memory.
     
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    We learn from others past mistakes. So, in essence, we thank you.
     
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  6. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    NOW you tell us! ;)

    Where were you in the late 70's when I decided to strip my 1963 factory custom color Fiesta red tele to natural? o_O (In my defense, I was only 16 or 17 at the time :rolleyes:)
     
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  7. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I got stuck in Northern Ontario for a long week-end between hotel gigs - 45 degrees below F. Took the battery out of my car and brought it upstairs. Was bored stuck inside so got supplies at the local hardware store and sanded the finish off a 68 tele in my hotel room, finished it when I got home using clear satin varathane after staining and sanding to bring out the grain.

    Changed the tuners to Schaller, had a violin maker gouge it for a humbucker, put on a 6 saddle brass bridge. Have changed pickups a few times, the original neck p/u is dead, the original bridge p/u was snipped-out rather than desoldered so I destroyed some value there.

    We didn't know we were doing our gigs with vintage instruments. Still have the tele, cost me approx $285 CDN and is probably good for $4,000 US or more on eBay rather than $7K or $8K IMO. Also had one of the first 1967 Dodge Charger R/T models with a 440 cubic inch V8 which is long gone also.

    Have ruined enough vintage instruments to buy at least one high-end car at today's prices. Painted a 62 strat metallic purple and sold it for $300 because it never played well after I put it back together...in those days we didn't have a clue what a truss-rod or neck shims were for. Dumped a 65 tele maple neck, 62 Fender Tremolux with two tens, Bandmaster, couple of B15 Ampeg Bass and guitar amps, 12 string electric Jaguar like Herb Alpert's guy, Gretsch Duo-Jet, Rickenbacker 12 string...the list goes on.
     
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    Telecastoff1 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    When I was 16 or 17 I painted my Blonde Fender Showman Amp and Speaker cab black to get it more "modern" looking. Back then, those Blonde Fenders were considered "old man's" amps. Man, what a dummy!
     
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    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    ruined all mine. sanded pelham blue finish off my single pickup melody maker/sg and turned it into a proper sg with 2 humbuckers.
    installed 3 of the first dimarzio super distortion single coils that required u route out extra space in your 70's strat so the extra tall pickups would fit.
    routed out my lp gold top deluxe so i could fit a full size humbucker in it instead of those tiny childish looking mini-hums. luckily none of my guitars were very old. 70's ish
     
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    Hi, my Name ist Thomas, i am a Destroyaholic.
    In the eighties i bought a Deluxe Reverb for 200 and Sold it for 100
    because of a loose Solder point

    Velorex
     
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    The worst thing I ever did to a vintage guitar was sell it for half of what I paid for it. :oops:
     
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    Skamania Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

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    I sold my 60’s Deluxe Reverb at a garage sale for nothing. And I sold my 73 Datsun 510 2 door butterscotch-very collectible now.
     
  13. Corvus

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    Speaking of things we did when teenagers - I made a flying V out of plywood which worked - kind of. But then I decided to make it real cool.......and covered it with mirror tiles!
     
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    I remember the late 60s /early 70s as a period when "old" instruments were cheap, easy to come by, and used as platforms for all types of nuttiness. It helped that I grew up near an army post during the draft.

    The post cycled about a thousand guys through basic training every week -- over 240,000 in less than 6 years. This gave rise to lots of bars for gigs (drinking age was still 18) and lots of pawn shops that gathered and recirculated fast cars and cool guitars among the recruits coming in and soldiers shipping out.

    Around 1970 my brother found an untouched '55 les paul gold top on pawn. Got it cheap -- you didn't pay a lot for something already 15 years old -- but thought its "relic" finish looked shabby. Thought nothing of having it stripped and repainted . . . with a portrait of Elmer Fudd.

    Different times.
     
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    Interesting reading. Not sure why guitarists need to personalise their instruments, I mean, concert violinists don't adulterate their instruments with stickers, stripdown and revarnish their violins, spray paint them Fiesta Red, lower the action etc.
    In 55 years of owning and playing guitars I've never felt the need to change one, and it's the same with my cars, they stay stock. Easier to sell at changeover time too.
     
  16. Preacher

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    My father in laws brother took his '56 Whiteguard and cut the upper horn out to make it look more "stratie".
    <Shudder....>
     
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    You want to see the mess I made of deepening a rout on a '51 body I got made for me. The pup route was too shallow for the pup I had and I let the router drift!! Result is, this bass can never be used without the pup cover on it. Such a shame.
     
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  18. Major Gruber

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    You must have managed it wrong, look at this guy, what's his name?… Hendricks! He burned and destroyed a 50's strat and now it's worth millions…
     
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    Major Gruber Tele-Afflicted

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    Thank you so much to have participated to the creation of great player grade guitars we can afford and play now !! ;)
     
  20. Fretting out

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    Not exactly “vintage” but The 72 tele I have from my father was bought in pieces out of a car trunk circa 1980 subsequently stripped and refinished In an impregnable shell of emron auto paint and had the obligatory brass bridge and schallers of the time installed the originals Forever lost.
    Heck it’s was a 8 year old guitar then
     
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