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Can Anyone Help me Date/Estimate Value on my Unique Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by KyleSzalayMusic, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. KyleSzalayMusic

    KyleSzalayMusic TDPRI Member

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    Hey guys brand new to the forum.

    In 2015, When my grandfather passed, I inherited his old telecaster. Great musician and great guitar. I play it everyday as my personal favorite of my collection.
    Whats interesting about it is I can't find a Tele like it!
    Serial is 293329
    Has a red body, maple neck, and white pick guard.
    Can anyone help me figure out what year this guitar probably is and its estimated value?
    (Just curious never selling)

    I am aware I can take off the neck to see exact date but I don't want to risk the guitar.
    Pictures below.
    Thank you everyone for the help!

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    KyleSzalayMusic TDPRI Member

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    Also I forgot to mention,
    I am believing from serial number it is 1968-70 Tele?
    Is this a fair estimate?
     
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    pcasarona Tele-Holic

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    Great Guitar. My guess is '69-70 as it has a one piece neck as opposed to a maple cap neck. Cool color as well. As to value, I'll leave that up to the experts.
     
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    pcasarona Tele-Holic

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    Candy Apple Red?
     
  6. KyleSzalayMusic

    KyleSzalayMusic TDPRI Member

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    I dont see any candy apple red Tele's with the maple neck from 70, just classic rosewood.
    Haha im so curious!
     
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    Howdy!
    Welcome!
    Cool guitar, enjoy it!
     
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    LowCaster Tele-Afflicted

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    This is a very nice guitar. The body shows a nice wear.

    Is it the typical brass nut replacement/upgrade from the 70's?

    If you want to know everything you'll need to take off the neck, pickguard and control plate (don't do it if you are not skilled). It is the only way to see if something has been repaired or swapped in the past. Pictures are welcome!
     
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    Found one at an auction site: Seems really rare though (Serial #307466)

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    pcasarona Tele-Holic

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    Here's one more for sale, granted a 1971, but same idea. These are the only two I can find.

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  11. badfish_lewis

    badfish_lewis Tele-Meister

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    Pop the neck off you won't hurt the guitar. Plenty of tutorials available. Or take it to a tech if afraid.

    It's a beauty!
     
  12. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The two string trees suggest later, I forget if it was '72 or '73.
     
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    As everyone has said before you are going to have to take it apart to see if its all there
    and get a date. Value wise custom color tele's for say 1970 are in the range of 7 to 10K but its really going to depend on the actual date.
     
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    Burgundy Mist. Rare color. More valuable. Beautiful guitar.
    1 string tree was added, too bad.
    A luthier can fill the hole and do a touch up. I would do it.
     
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    nice guitar!
     
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    Maybe not 68, but 69/70 is a good guess.
    My 71 serial nr is 3434xx.
     
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    Wrong body shape for 72/73.
    I'm pretty sure the D/G string tree is not original, it was added at some point.
     
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    Great expertise. The second string tree too looks different.
     
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    I couldn't see the body well enough in the pics but 72 was the same body as 71.
    Fair chance the second tree was added.
    Serial numbers are pretty much useless for narrowing down dates within a year or two.
    Hopefully there is a legible and telling stamp on the neck heel.
    If not the added string tree kind of makes it not whatever it might have been, in terms of value. Still a nice Tele, but the full value of a 70 over a 72 kind of requires all be correct in the absence of a clear heel stamp. Adding a string tree is a $500 mistake IMO.

    The OP wrote "I am aware I can take off the neck to see the exact date but i don't want to risk the guitar".
    Without taking off the neck to see the exact date (along with guard, control plate and bridge), possibly $2000 or more is taken off the value of the guitar.
    Great color, condition etc, but without more info a value cannot be determined.
     
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    If you can readily find two, they aren't rare or even scarce.

    Folks, is the color Candy Apple Red or Burgundy Mist? I can't tell from the pictures.
     
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