Cut 'em up Teles of the past.

IPLAYLOUD

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Hey, it was their guitar.

Jack Jones bought this in Nov 1954. A '53 Tele that Semie Mosely worked on. jack still gigs with it.
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Dean Porter.
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Speedy Haworth. Just enough to get to the last fret. He later had a R/W board on a Strat lacquered to feel like the older Maple ones.
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Don Harris. It was Sparkle Yellow then Sparkle Purple. The pickguard has sunken into the paint.
Painted Grey between the frets. B16. He later played Violin with Frank Zappa.
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Unknown Chicago guy.
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Red Mansel did a number on this one.
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The Checkmates.
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All photos from "Old Guitars in B&W" on FB.
 

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I hope none of these unique instruments will be 'restored' rebuild to original spec when they change hands.

I think you're right about that. It's one thing if Angry Johnny butchers a guitar in the garage, and it's quite another is a great player (even if obscure) from the past makes an instrument his own, or is it?

This is an interesting topic to me.

The Question.... What makes an old modified guitar butchered vs charming?

That lady's old Les Paul that was modified which, if I recall correctly, Joey B. bought for more than it was worth, showing his class and understanding of the question, is a nice case study.

The old Hagstrom that was just posted here today is another interesting example, despite being a attempt to get a free appraisal in the "Welcome Wagon".

https://www.tdpri.com/threads/need-help-identifying-hagstrom-guitar.1109700/

I think I like that one more than I would have liked it as it came out of the factory.
 

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The double horn cutaway must've been a pretty popular mod back in the day. I've seen several vintage over the years that were modded this way. Cool pics man!
 

Billy3

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The double horn cutaway must've been a pretty popular mod back in the day. I've seen several vintage over the years that were modded this way. Cool pics man!
Double cut telecasters are cool Imo. I am also a lefty so I have always liked symmetrical guitars. Easier to play when strung backwards.
 

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I wonder if it came about partly in reaction to Stratocasters being "the cool new thing"?
 

jvin248

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It's kind of surprising how much weight comes out when you cut a double cut guitar design/mod.


My favorite player-modded relic but we're ok with it guitar is EVHs Frankenstrat. So many guitar buyer's approve that $20k replicas are regularly sold out there.

Crossing the Butchered vs Charming line is set by the player's popularity.

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Players popularity among the then members of the folk-music scene notwithstanding, here's the guitar that 'killed the folk music scene', courtesy of Mike Bloomfield! Photo lifted from Vintage Guitar Magazine.

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But on a positive note, they did address the stupidity of having to remove the pick guard to adjust the neck pickup.

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Howard Emerson
 

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Hey, it was their guitar.

Jack Jones bought this in Nov 1954. A '53 Tele that Semie Mosely worked on. jack still gigs with it.
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Dean Porter.
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Speedy Haworth. Just enough to get to the last fret. He later had a R/W board on a Strat lacquered to feel like the older Maple ones.
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Don Harris. It was Sparkle Yellow then Sparkle Purple. The pickguard has sunken into the paint.
Painted Grey between the frets. B16. He later played Violin with Frank Zappa.
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Unknown Chicago guy.
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Red Mansel did a number on this one.
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The Checkmates.
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All photos from "Old Guitars in B&W" on FB.
hey! i went to hs w/ & am distantly related to kevin . . .
 

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I think some of these early double cutaway Telecasters could have been done by Fender themselves. There have been some "one offs" come out of the Fullerton factory for specific customers and friends of Leo that were not publicly offered models. I have seen some Strats with weird hardware on them as well.
 

Fretting out

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I think some of these early double cutaway Telecasters could have been done by Fender themselves. There have been some "one offs" come out of the Fullerton factory for specific customers and friends of Leo that were not publicly offered models. I have seen some Strats with weird hardware on them as well.
If that makes you sleep better at night….
 




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