Beautiful vintage Tele on Reverb

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  1. a.francis.1968

    a.francis.1968 TDPRI Member

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    I have been looking to buy a vintage Tele, fed up with eBay so looking at Reverb there's this gorgeous looking Tele from 76/77 but the more I look at it the more I wonder especially the colour and the story of being given as a child and still having it in mint condition 40 years later and never playing it? Can anyone tell anything about this unusual coloured Tele. I'm not casting dispersions I hope on the guy whos selling
    but the price and colour make me wonder and looked up the location and it's a caravan park?
    https://reverb.com/item/29696596-fender-telecaster-1976-1977-cherry-red-sunburst-colour

    thanks folks
     
  2. jim777

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    Damn, that's not even dusty!
     
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  4. EsquireBoy

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    I would definitely be suspicious...
    Even kept untouched for all these years, the plastic and the finish would have aged a bit.
     
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    I think Fender had the three bolt neck throughout the 70s, so that appears to be changed.

    The bridge doesn’t look original to me but I may be wrong on that.

    And it really looks like a refin.

    Personally I wouldn’t mind any of those updates for a vintage guitar if it plays nice and sounds good, but if the owner isn’t being honest I’d stay the heck away.
     
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    twangjeff Tele-Afflicted

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    I could be wrong, but the whole thing looks off to me.
     
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    Shouldn't there be some corrosion on the bridgeplate and saddles? This one smells funny...
     
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    Other than the color, it looks just like another '78 Tele on Reverb (bridge, tuners, etc look identical). Serial number checks out to late '77 to early '78. But man, that thing is immaculate!
     
  9. ElJay370

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    Standard Teles never got the 3-bolt neck, only Customs and Deluxes did.

    That finish was available at the time, but it's pretty uncommon.

    The neck looks legit, but the guitar as a whole looks suspiciously clean.

    That's a majorly lowball price he's asking also. I'm skeptical.
     
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    Lots of inaccurate and plain wrong answers in this thread.

    The guitar is 100% original and dead mint.

    Everything checks out:body shape,sienna burst finish, bridge and saddles.

    It MIGHT be an early 80s one though ,some of the last US made teles of that period had an S8*"""""" serial nr.
     
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    Shouldnt that guitar have a skunk stripe?
     
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    It's there, you just have to scroll through the pictures to see the back of the neck.
     
  16. a.francis.1968

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    Thanks for your help folks I think Ill pass on this one.
     
  17. jamesepowell

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    The undoubtedly authentic Fender Telecaster you see pictured to the left of this comment bears the serial number S839545 and it's got the same tuning pegs, string trees, and neck plate. I changed the bridge and had it refretted, but other than that it is all original.

    When I emails Fender to inquire about the authenticity of a different Telecaster, the person went so far as to examine photographs I sent along. You may wish to go that route before spending two grand.
     
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    It is pretty...I'm certainly not an expert, but I would not expect to see blue loctite on the string saddle screws of an original, barely played 76/77 Tele...maybe they used it, but it makes me skeptical.
     
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    The seller has had it since he was a child and is now nearly 12 years old!

    CP
     
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    Fender used the S8xxxxx serial numbers on Teles through either 1981 or 1982. I know that I've never seen a Tele with an E2xxxxx serial number (like the 1982 Smith Strats have). That being a cherry sunburst with a white pickguard it is probably a 1981 or 1982.
     
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