Famous Telecasters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by John E, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Toast

    Toast Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    411
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2019
    Location:
    Scootchin' Over
    Looks like Joe Strummer took his pick guard off enough to where he just left it screwed in with two screws, one to secure each side. God, I'm such a fanboy :)
     
    Fretting out and mimmo like this.
  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    48,832
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    I see four screws, Did you count the two closest to the neck?
     
  3. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Age:
    65
    Posts:
    519
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2019
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Absolutely positively, you speak the truth. Ron Kirn has a "49ner" up for sale as part of his Summer Sale. I want it so bad I was willing to sell off five guitars...but they didn't sell.
     
    kkphoto likes this.
  4. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,576
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2008
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I went to the exhibit and it's truly astounding. (In fact I'm going again tomorrow and will probably go again). If there's any way any of you can make it, you MUST go to this. I don't want to spoil it for everyone but the pictures already posted here will give you an idea.

    But to see these guitars in real life, not in pictures, is mind-blowing. How many times have you seen pictures of the Jeff Beck Esquire or the Muddy Waters Tele...but then to see them in REAL LIFE, two inches away from you and study the wear patterns, action height, modifications and so on is simply incredible.
     
    Slip Kid likes this.
  5. Toast

    Toast Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    411
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2019
    Location:
    Scootchin' Over
    You might be right. I didn't look that close. Still, he had a couple screws loose.
     
  6. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    48,832
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    [​IMG]
     
    Mike SS, Deeve and Toast like this.
  7. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,785
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    The Met has an extensive gallery online of many of the instruments on display, not just famous Teles, such as the Dragon, Jeff's Esquire, Muddy's Custom, and Keef's Micawber, but so many others as well, such as Clapton's Blackie and Fool SG, Page's number 1 LP, SRV's number 1, Jimi's and Neil's Vs, Duane and Angus's SGs, Townsend guitars and Entwistle basses, Paul's basses, Garcia's Wolf and Tiger, horns and woodwinds from Chicago and Tull, and so many others. What a treat!
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2019
    Tommy Biggs likes this.
  8. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,025
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Location:
    omaha
    I thought one of Jimmy Page's friends "fixed it up" and messed it up, and then he took it apart and used some of the parts on some b-bender tele he had or...

    Isn't there a story about all of this. Somebody on here has got to know it all.
     
  9. Random1643

    Random1643 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    934
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2015
    Location:
    Upper Midwest
    I'd love to see this exhibit. My wife and I are headed to Massachusetts in late August but NYC is not on the itinerary.

    That Everly Brothers acoustic is a J-180 Gibson built by company as a signature guitar for them in the early-60s. Sometimes called the Everly Bros Flat Top model. The star embedded in the fretboard is the telling feature. In the 50s and the even earlier 60s they played Gibson J-200s that often included that goofy (IMHO) double pickguard. Here they are playing J-200s circa 1958:

     
    rocks2oldies and Deeve like this.
  10. EsquireBoy

    EsquireBoy Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    149
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2019
    Location:
    Paris, France
    Thanks! That makes sense.
     
  11. Twang

    Twang Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    757
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    Thanks for the pics!

    Would love to see Prince's Hohner.
     
  12. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    496
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Location:
    Singapore
    Yeah given the release of the custom shop dragon models it would not surprise me if he handed it over to them to do the work, and get a fresh setup.
     
  13. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    43
    Posts:
    3,240
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    Thanks for the pictures!
    I really dig Joe Strummer's (although I prefer it with the metal pickguard, too bad Joe decided to change it), Muddy' and Bruce's teles.
     
  14. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

    Posts:
    229
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2018
    Location:
    California
    I’ve seen the Diego Rivera Mural 20’ X 40’ approx at City College of San Francisco. It was painted by Diego Rivera at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 on Treasure Island. It is moving to SF MOMA in 2020. A priceless and amazing artwork.

    https://www.riveramural.org/
     
  15. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,198
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2005
    Location:
    Williamsville NY
    Reserve an hour or two for the guitar exhibit, and the rest of the afternoon for the museum, itself. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an amazing collection of fine and decorative arts. It's filled with treasure.
     
    John E, RYAN1987M and Tommy Biggs like this.
  16. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    18,842
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Location:
    Detroit
    Joe Strummer’s spare. I can’t believe his widow let his #1 get all ****** up by leaving it in a shed for years.
     
    bender66 likes this.
  17. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,365
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Location:
    Essex UK
    Never quite got those Everly acoustics. Make the top of some or other expensive timber, carefully designed bracing, all to get a good tone, and then plaster a huge plastic sheet on top. We discuss if the finish on a solid body electric changes the tone and they do that to an acoustic!
     
    Piggy Stu and Random1643 like this.
  18. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,365
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Location:
    Essex UK
    1 1/2 inch wood screws through the backboard. Do it at home, stops the problem of rubber damaging the finish.
     
    EsquireBoy likes this.
  19. whoanelly15

    whoanelly15 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    644
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2017
    Location:
    USA
    upload_2019-8-8_18-2-29.jpeg
    Those are all awesome! I’d love to hear where this one came from.
     
    John E likes this.
  20. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,660
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Location:
    N. Cal.
    Great exhibit. What struck me most was how small and ordinary many of these electrics were. But in the right hands they were magical.
     
    Random1643 likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.