Flea market find- early 50s tele?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Charlodius, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. SuprHtr

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    That looks like Formica.
     
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    I agree. If this were mine I'd do whatever it takes to make the guitar play right, fix the bridge pickup, put a proper black guard on it, replace the knobs and switch hat, and go have fun.
     
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    And that approach just might give you the best return on investment if you decide to sell the guitar further down the road.
     
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    Crocodile clips only. No way I’m touching that wiring!
     
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    The is a wonderful story and I look forward to the rest of it. I will be watching for Dan's article in Vintage Guitar one of these days, but Charlodius, please continue to update this thread as the story develops!

    Thanks again and congratulations,
    Rex
     
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    Formica pickguard. Classic DIY from the past:cool:
     
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    Show the dam notch..or lack of it.
    Dam nice, regardless.
     
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    I'm not sure how you can read that much into some pics. How does the bridge cover "look like they may have lost the original? I just see a heavily modified guitar. Also I've never heard of a blackguard pickguard crumbling. Does that really happen? I don't think anyone will ever know they why but we can see what's original and what isn't
     
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    A straight on shot of the neck/body join would sow the notch on the bass side and the router’s hump on the treble side to better effect.
     
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    How can anyone know for sure, I was more or less speculating on what may have happened or just a possibility. Other than the finish job and the improvised hardware, very little looks like it was modified.
     
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    I’m told the spacing of the 12th fret dots is 52. The blend wiring is untouched from the factory except where the pickup leads were desoldered when the refin was done. The blend went away in in ‘53. The bridge serial corresponds to 52-54. The body has all the nail and dowel holes appropriate to 52-54. The tuners, down to the flathead screws holding them down are period correct and apparently hard to get your hands on these days. Jack cup is apparently pressed and appropriate to 52-54. Barring the DIY pickguard , wacky knobs/switch tip and the refin, a lot of folks have told me I likely have a late 52 or early 53. Oh, and the nut is not original- it’s metal.
     
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    I've been looking all over for a piece of Formica like that! :lol: No seriously, I wanted it for a pickguard! But too late, yesterday I gave up and ordered a tortoise blank.
     
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    I love the Formica pickguard. Not because it looks cool, but because I can’t figure another reason this guitar would have lived in a junk pile so long without someone else scooping it up.
     
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    It came to you and appears to be in good hands. You bought it without knowing what it was. All good!
     
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    Camouflage!
     
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    That and the bridge cover:)

    We need a jumping for joy emoji to properly express how we all feel for you.
     
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    Just read the whole thread.....what a blast!

    I can't imagine how stoked Charlodius must be feeling. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
     
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    So I have a bit of a heretical question.

    Other than their significant history, why are these early Telecasters so valued? '53 seemingly the 'golden year' of the Tele? What is it exactly, about them? When I was a kid, we had a post-CBS guitar in the house for a while, a '72 or '73 I think. It was a great guitar. The neck was perfect.
     
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    If you have the opportunity to try a few you should see how much better they are then anything made later They're just magical. 72 or 73 isn't past CBS. It's CBS. Post CBS would be after CBS sold the company
     
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