Blondes

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Crashbelt, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

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    It's Friday so I just felt like posting a picture of my three blondes for no particular reason:D.
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    I think they've all appeared here before but I just thought I'd show them together.
    53 refin Blackguard
    74 Blonde Ash Strat
    60 TV LP Special

    I just played them all through a 50s Gibson blonde tweed amp. Tele bridge pickup just out-twangs everything and the Strat (with a nice lightweight body) out-quacks the others in position 4 plus a great bluesy neck p'up. The TV is like a nuclear explosion:eek:.

    Happy to see any more cool blondes:D.
     
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  2. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Very cool. Is the LP an original or a Custom Shop? I miss my Specials.
     
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  3. Crashbelt

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    It's an original 60 with great sounding P90s. There's nothing quite like the Juniors and Specials of that era!
     
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    Nice !!
     
  5. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You’ve got the Telecaster of Gibsons.

    For me, Specials and Juniors define 50s-60s Gibson tone more than the carved top, humbuckered ones. I had a 55/75 and a 55/76. I wish I still had the one whose neck didn’t warp. :D A good amp and picking dynamics will make those pickups do anything.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Lovely!!

    What's going on with the string spacing on the LP? The distance between the low E and A looks muck bigger than between A and D.
     
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  7. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    This blonde is one of two that get all the attention around here. The other one is my wife.

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    - D
     
  8. 2 Headed Goat

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    Choice axes!

    Here's a few for ya -

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    '78 MM Sabre I
    '86/'87 G&L ASAT
    '83 G&L SC-1

    All have gone on to other homes.
     
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  9. Crashbelt

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    I hadn't spotted that. If I play hard some lower strings can slip a bit down the wrap-over tailpiece. I'll pull it back in line.

    Thanks
     
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    Nice trio.
    I really liked the description of the TV. My diy one is like that too.
     
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    That's a beautiful blonde strat
     
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    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Beautiful guitars!!!

    I'm not a collector and am not "vintage savvy", but I owned an original TV special in the late 70's, a double cut like yours. I think it was a 57. It was one of the best sounding guitars I've ever played. The memory of that sound haunts me to this day, something about those P90s in that all mahogany body maybe? I'm curious about the neck stability on yours. On mine, the neck was a bit wobbly. The guitar would go flat when I leaned forward and sharp when I leaned back. In the end I couldn't deal with it and sold it off. I'm curious if they stiffened the neck up somehow on later double cuts like yours, or maybe I just had a funky one?

    In any event, those are some mighty fine instruments. Thanks for posting.
     
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    I've got an '03, it doesn't have that problem.

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    - D
     
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    Yes the first version of the D/C Special had a very weak heel joint and very prone to breaking. Here's my 59 Cherry which has a repaired heel break. Gibson moved the neck pickup down a bit to improve stability so you can see on the TV 60 the position is lower.

    My 20170701_123058.jpg TV 60 has no breaks but I still treat it carefully!!

    I suspect your old one was a year or two later than 57, as that year was the tail end of the single cutaways like the 55 Junior also in the picture.
     
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    Always liked a blonde.;)
     
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    Early SGs had that same problem, I believe.

    - D
     
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    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Fender has so many names for the "blonde" colors on Teles, and the differences are so subtle. Does anyone have a list of the colors through the years with pics? I'd like to finally know the correct name for that pale yellow that shows no grain, isn't off white, and was ubiquitous in the 60s.
     
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    Actually, Fender just called all of these variations ‘Blond’ (not Blonde).

    There were subtle changes to tints but mostly the differences amount to changes in UV protection + other changes in the undercoat/clear coat and how the finishes were applied...
     
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    All beautiful blondes! Thanks for posting the pics!
     
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