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a vintage classic? Or a fake!?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by gillen, Dec 5, 2020.

Did i get given a Real or fake?

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  1. gillen

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    Hey everyone

    I've come across a telecaster, in what I believe is arctic white, very road worn, rusty screws and chips etc. However, the neck plate has "revolution rock' engraved, which after googling is the Joe Strummer series and it looks nothing like this guitar.

    Everything is making me think this is a parts caster... but wouldn't it be nice if I've found something special haha

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    Cheers guys
     

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  2. Richie Cunningham

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    The headstock looks awfully suspicious.
     
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  3. gillen

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    I agree, but the varnish layer is over the top of the fender logo, hmmmm
     
  4. Dacious

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    I'd say partscaster of Fender bits. If you pull the neck off and post pics of the neck heel and pocket we'd be able to say for sure.
     
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    I’d have to see more detailed pictures

    A HUGE CLUE is how much did you pay for it and how you came about it
     
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    I think the same... just hopeful;)
     
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    It looks nice regardless, but the neck plate and headstock is really throwing me for a loop.
     
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    Updated...

    Thats what happens when you create polls after a few pints ;)
     
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    No skunk stripe and 2 string trees? Very suspicious IMO.
     
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    Does the back of the headstock have anything on it?

    Does it have the back of neck wear near the nut, like the strummer model?
     
  11. gillen

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    This is what also makes me suspicious... my girlfriend saw an advert for a free projector. She went to the house and an Australian girl greeted her, she was the last person in a house share to move out and was giving away her contents as quickly as possible. My girlfriend took a blow up mattress and then saw the guitar and knowing I'd like it she asked about it and the girl gave it to her!!!! It has apparently been the "house guitar" from way before she moved in.
     
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    Was the projector any good?
     
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    Ha, I havent paid it any attention since seeing the guitar, who knows
     
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    Well that’s a good score!

    Actually looks like a strummer neck, I think?

    Probably Mexican and would explain the removal of the serial number on back of the headstock, although I thought the serial number was higher

    The wear on the headstock looks like fender roadworn wear (other than the big sanding patch)

    Tuners look like aftermarket if it is a roadworn neck
     
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    Well, it's the best price. It's not impossible it's a refinished & modfied Joe Strummer Tele. By the neck plate I see some darker finish. If I remember right Joe's guitar was a 3 tone sunburst repainted blue or black with grey primer. And so is his reissue.

    If you took that guitar & re-refinished it white & added those string trees you'd have this guitar.
     
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    Why would it have a skunk strip, it has a rosewood fingerboard.
     
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    In the late 60’s (69) around the same time they reintroduce maple as a standard fingerboard fender started making rosewood board necks with skunk stripes, some models today still have this feature

    The 2 string trees was also indicative of the 70’s but is a common mod
     
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    You've got me excited and it could be! The wear is very similar on the neck and body. Something strange i noticed is 1 of the 4 screws on the neck plate is a different colour. I'm finding it hard to clarity this but it looks like the original JS fender had this. Although it would be incredibly easy to fake

    And the wear on the back of the headstock, now its been pointed put, is blatantly a recent attempt to hide the serial number. The colour of the bare wood is very different.

    Why would somebody want to hide the serial number? Its hardly a bad guitar. If it is a JS
     
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    Could be refinished Strummer maybe someone hated the stickers. Everything is right for one - basically a black Roadworn 60s Classic with stickers.

    Worth several hundred quid at least. For free - it's a steal, literally.
     
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