Fender 1968-1969 Vintage Tele with 1966 neck usual/common?

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  1. telemnemonics

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    Was "WE Buy Guitars" there across the street from Manny's then?
    Massive inventory all visible through the two story windows covering the whole front of the store.
    You could also see piles of parts behind the rows of vintage Fenders off to the left.
    In another area was dead and dismantled amps.
    Back then the vintage market was different, nobody talked about untouched solder joints, though of course original finish vs refin was t a thing. A friend who bought and sold in the vintage market as a player, bought an all original except for a refin '59 Jazzmaster and traded me just the loaded body toward my '57 Deluxe with stripped tweed.
    His plan was to use it as a slab board Strat neck, requiring a little wood removal and new decal.
    This was pretty typical in the '90s.
     
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    CTS pots made 42nd week of 1965!
     
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    Thanks for the date of the CTS pots, CWP0126!
     
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    Wow.....just confirms that Leo must have purchased in bulk......137-6549 pot in my 1970 Tele

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    :)
     
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    The finish is not nitro.
     
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    Just on this comment...

    Gotoh is a Japanese company, so if others are saying they are original then 'Japan' is what you would expect.
     
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    Hi @telemnemonics, what changed with the truss rod access rout in 1969? I’m not familiar with that.
     
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    I think based on the evidence you have a 66 guitar with a 69 neck. It's a later refin of a blonde guitar because Olympic White guitars were alder and that's ash. All the other parts are consistent with late 60s. Blonde went out of fashion - Fender themselves starting with the Thinline in 68 promotedt 'Naturals' series of ash and mahogany. Many earlier guitars got stripped of paint - Les Pauls too. Either way - nice guitar. Grey bobbin pickups would be stock late 60s.
     
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    The neck date stamp is 66. Why do you think the neck is a 69?
     
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    Sorry, I misread. Thought the neck date stamp was 69. It was the plate.

    In that case the guitar is a refinnished 66 going by latest components.
     
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    Looked like this but later Fender changed it again.
     
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    Cool, I didn’t know it went away that early. So they did away with the rout, and then brought it back for awhile?
     
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    Right I think it was the ‘80s reissue boom that brought it back.
     
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    This is where I’m confused. Early to mid 70s standard Teles have the truss rod rout, not sure about Thinlines or the Deluxe. Then sometime in the 70s it went away on standard bodies. Did it go away in 1969 for a brief period before coming back again in the early 1970’s? Thanks!
     
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    Thinline II's and Deluxes had Bullet Truss Rod's and adjusted from the other end. Don't know when the route went away on standard Tele's, but my '71 has the route. Did Fender eventually go to the Bullet Truss Rod adjustment on all Tele's? If so, when did that change happen?
     
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    Don't know if this helps, but here is an article from fender's site:
    https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/what-is-a-skunk-stripe/
     
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    OK I'm not sure and I forget where I got my info that seems to be problematic.

    AFAIK no Tele with a Tele shaped headstock got the bullet truss rod, only the Strat shaped headstock Teles got the bullet.
     
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