Fender CS Telecaster 1967 perculiarity

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  1. sparris

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    Hey fellow Telecaster lovers!
    I have a 2005 CS Tele 1967 in Firemist Silver metallic, part of a limited run of 203. Mine is the first one made, according to Brett at Fender Consumer Relations. I asked him about a peculiarity in my guitar... he could´nt answer me, even though he did confirm the authenticity of my jewel. So now I turn to the experts: you. Let's see if anyone out there knows anything about these guitars...
    What confuses me is this: according to the the shop floor traveler and every other bit of info I can find these guitars are made as Closet Classic´s. Not mine though - its more like a proper relic, almost a Journeyman type of relic. Not exactly heavy relic, but pretty "beat up". It definitely does´nt look like its been standing in grandpaa's closet since 1967. I bought it used from a guy who got it new from a store here in Sweden. He says that this is how it looked when he bought it, so the relic is definitely made by Custom Shop (also confirmed by afforementioned Brett).
    Does anyone have any knowledge about this limited run from 2005? It would be highly appreciated!
    Peter, Sweden

     
  2. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    We'd love to help. But no pics regarding this post is rather debilitating.
     
  3. sparris

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    I get that... tried to upload a couple but could’nt get it to work... put on in my profile though. I’ll See if i can fix some more...
     
  4. golfnut

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    The guy you bought it from said it came that way. Maybe he didn't exactly take care of it and it sounded better to say it came relic'd that way so he wouldn't take a beating on the sale. Most buyers like to deduct for every little ding that isn't original.
    I know for a fact when I bought my Masterbuilt heavy relic Nocaster there was a couple dings that weren't part of the original relic process. But I didn't care. Thats the beauty of relics I guess.
     
  5. Joe M

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    I've found with CS guitars that their labeling can be sometimes way off. I've had several marked relic that have had little to no wear on the guitar. Others labeled closet classic that look more NOS. Heavy reliced that look just plain reliced. In fact, I had the exact same guitar as you show in your profile pic. Mine was labeled CC also, but was more like a relic. Not heavy, but definitely more than CC. Just got rid of it a few months ago, otherwise I'd post a pic of mine.

    I wouldn't be too concerned about the labeling if I were you.....
     
  6. sparris

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    Thanks golfnut! According to the first owner i bought it looking exactly as it did when he got it new. But of course he may have bent the truth a little.
     
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    Thanks Joe M. Yes that is my experience to, and also what the original owner told me. I’m not worried about it, just a bit curious. Anyway it’s a cool guitar, and I love the color. And it plays great, even if it needs new frets in the near future
     
  8. Mr.Ike

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    I had the Stratocaster from that series, and I can tell you it was not that beat up. Agree with above posts. Original owner bent the truth a bit.
     
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    Very nice guitar. I have a couple of 05’s, seems to have been a good year for the FCS. I have to agree with others. The wear doesn’t look like a 100% FCS job to me. Given the wear on the Back lower edge I’d expect more belt buckle type wear and also more on the front edges similar to that on the back. Headstock is also pretty clean. It looks too clean and yet too beat up in some places.

    I can’t seem to blow the pics up any. Seriously nice looking guitar in any case.

    Maybe it was a Friday arvo relic job......
     
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    Cool guitar. I love the greened silver finish.

    My money is also on the prior owner, having wanted a more relic'd look, has accelerated the wear.
     
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    Updating my reply.....after seeing pics of yours, the one I had was definitely not as reliced as yours, especially around the back edges. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen that wear pattern on any CS guitar, unless it was a heavy relic, which would be even more distressed. I'm now on the bandwagon with others that the owner added the extra relicing, not Fender.

    Still a cool guitar, wish I had mine back....:D
     
  12. ozcal

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    i have the same guitar... mine has some pretty good checking but no where near the paint loss yours has... i like the look of yours but i suspect the owner rode it pretty hard...

    mine has one or two minor minor paint chips that were touched up by the previous owner...

    great guitars - enjoy
     
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    beautiful guitar-I've had two closet classic strats and neither were that beat up- yours looks real good though
     
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    I'm just here to love the colors, sorry.
     
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    i like the look as well... i think the previous owner has played the hell outta it..

    looks great i reckon...

    must add that the finish on these things is pretty fragile... i don think she s been reliced in any artificial way since she left the FCS... just played and enjoyed !!
     
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    Thanks guys for all your comments!
    Yes, it’s a nice looking and playing guitar... and it has been played a lot, actually to the point where it needs a refret
     
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    Sweet Guitar, is the bridge pick up staggered pole pieces I can't tell
     
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    Hey, just wanted to share also that my CS 67 Firemist Silver Telecaster is also heavily reliced compared to what seems to be the norm. There are some pics of the guitar here:

    https://ameblo.jp/howlguitars/entry-10408768167.html

    I bought it used here in Tokyo, and think its a great playing and sounding guitar - love the Firemist Silver as well. Enjoy!
     
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    To the OP, very cool looking guitar indeed. I would focus less on it's past and more on it's future though...now that the deal is done. ;) Play that thing.

    With a looker like that, there will be few negatives...even if you grow to hate playing it, you will never tire of looking at it! And when you finally hate the way it looks...it will easily sell to the next one. Along with whatever seller story makes they buyer have increased lust for it.

    And life goes on for that Telecaster. It will make it on looks alone.

    Now go love that thing,

    Buck
     
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