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Buck Owens RIP Now what is this Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Hipster, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Hipster

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  2. Jack Wells

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    I'm sure it was made up special for them by Fender. It matches the P-Bass in the background. Back in 1966 bands often wore matching outfits and played matching guitars.

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  3. Ron Garson

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    Fender made a batch of Silver sparkle Custom Teles, with checkerboard binding, in late '63. The first of those went to Buck and Don, I believe.
     
  4. Jack Wells

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    The one on this video sure looks like solid black binding.

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    It does look like a solid black on that guitar!
     
  6. JeffC

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    Its silver sparkle with black checkerboard binding. The custom shop made a run of them in the mid to late ninties (if I'm not mistaken). I played one at Matt Umanov in NYC. Thin neck if I remember but killer color scheme.

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  7. Jack Wells

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    JeffC,
    The fact that the Fender Custom Shop made a run of Telecasters in silver sparkle with black checkerboard binding in the mid to late nineties does not mean that a guitar Don Rich played in 1966 had checkerboard binding.

    Pages 94 and 95 of Fender Custom Shop Guitar Gallery show the Buck Owens Telecaster built by Fred Stuart with this description:

    "Replica of a guitar built as one of a matching set for Buck Owens and Don Rich in 1963. This guitar features a gold metal-flake finish with checkerboard binding and a maple-on-maple neck with matching peghead."

    Since the guitar in the video is silver, I'd say it's a different guitar.
     
  8. Johnny Isaacs

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    Buck and Don's Tele's.....

    Fender made Buck and Don LOTs of different Tele's. Here just a few of them...

    Sparkle Tele's:

    Gold w/ black binding - unpainted headstock
    Gold w/ checkboard binding - w/ matching headstock

    Silver w/ black binding w/ matching painted headstock
    Silver s/ checkboard binding w/ matching painted headstock

    The red, white & blue Tele's were painted by Semi Mosley.

    So you're all right!

    Johnny Isaacs
     
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    Atta Boy Johnny

    Thanx for keeping us all straight. I really appreciate all your inputs to this forum
     
  10. Johnny Isaacs

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    Not a problem!

    I love the history of Country Music just as much as the Telecaster!

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    jwells393,

    sorry about that, you are absolutely right - I spoke (rather typed) before I thought it out.

    I've had that tele on the brain since I heard of Buck's passing - now I'm trying to figure out why I think it was silver sparkle rather than gold.

    Jeff
     
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    Again - You guys are both right!

    The one in the Fender book is a copy of Buck's gold sparkle guitar.

    Fender also copied Don Rich's silver sparkle Tele with matching headstock and checkerboard binding. Buck took it to Fender so they could copy it and make a new neck for it. Here's some pics:

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    Here's Marty Stuart with Don's guitar:
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    And here's Buck at the Crystal Palace with Don's original Tele with the replacement rosewood neck:
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    Johnny Isaacs
     
  13. JeffC

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    Thanks Johnny, I know I'm color blind (red/green) but at least I now know I haven't completely lost my mind.

    That's the one I remember.

    Jeff
     
  14. Jack Wells

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    JeffC,
    In the Fender Custom Shop book I referenced above, there is a note saying the gold sparkle Buck Owens guitar is "Courtesy of Matt Umanov, Umanov Guitars, New York, NY"....... so.... it appears you played the guitar pictured in the book.
     
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    Nice video

    Most enjoy that simple, down to earth approach to music. However, did Don clam the first few notes of that solo? Sure sounded like he did to me.
     
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