Flea market find- early 50s tele?

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

  1. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I really like it like it is, with the sunburst finish and goofy pickguard and all. It is a real historical guitar showing its real story, not some manufactured guitar kept hermetically sealed.

    On the other hand, if you want to sell it, I'm quite sure most collectors completely disagree with what I just wrote.
     
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    I always have collected everything (old cameras, watches, radio, musical instruments...) and I spend many hours on flea market on sundays and saturdays. After Web diffusion it is more difficult find rare items at fair price. But sometimes still happens again.
    For example, in the last year I found a rare Italian camera Gamma with more rare Angenieux for 300€. Sold for 2500€ (the sole lens worth it, but I decided was ok); a rare camera Perseo, paid 50€ sold for 2350; a italian guitar Eko x27 paid 15€ (worth about 250-300€). Sometimes people don't know what they are selling, even the visitors of flea market don't know what they could buy....
    Coming back in topic, the guitar founded by opener for me remains an interesting item. I personally would NOT touch in any case (not refin, not change nothing) only a soft cleaning. It could be (seems to be) an original Fender Telecaster.
    People who doubt this are so much envy.
     
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    Yeah, like them other folks say congratulations on the best $20 Tele I've ever seen. If it was mine, I'd have it authenticated for insurance puposes, get the bridge PU re-wound to 1952 specs by Jerry Sentell, clean up the switch, and get.a quality case. I might also shop for a 5-hole "Bakelite" (I put a Chinese perloid 3-layer 5 holer on my '52 RI) pickguard. Unless you just got diagnosed with cancer and you have no insurance, you'd better not sell it, or you will spend eternity in Telecaster hell. That's where you will never see a Tele, not hear Jas. Burton, Fogarty nor Keef play again until the end of time. If anybody wants ANY guitar of mine they'll have to pull it from my cold dead hands. My survivors may sell any of them to raise money for my funeral, but otherwise they must be donated to schools for needy kids.
     
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    Personally, I think you should have it restored a bit. I would have it finished back in its original color, get the bridge pickup sorted out and source an original guard (if you can - if not, then a modern repro). Assuming everything else works correctly, I'd just leave it at that. You will have an awesome early Tele!
     
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    The only time you can be reasonably sure a guitar Like this is genuine, is when it is way too cheap. A great purchase and thanks for giving so much pleasure to so many middle-aged men.
     
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    This is a April fools joke There are still old guitar hiding in grandma attic,Look at the Dylan strat that was found in a attic 10 yrs ago with some Dylan songs to boot It was his Newport Strat when he went electric with Bloonfield and everyone was pissed off It sold for $1,000,000 Great find
     
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    And yet, people still win a half billion or more in Power Ball, so it does happen.
     
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    There’s pictures of pots from a 53’ Telecaster. Hope they’re the same
    Those are $499.00 each
     

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    Definitely happens, I picked this 1976 Gibson limited edition Explorer
    “The one” for $1200. Not near the deal he got but I’m very happy with it.
     
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    This is a fantastic thread that is now filled with a great deal of contrary advice and opinions, as one might expect. It has rightly garnered a lot of interest, and it also seems to have brought in many new posters and even new members. Sometimes it feels a bit like the sharks are circling...

    @Charlodius : I do understand that paying for authentication and having to drive to Nashville (or elsewhere) to get an appraisal is not all that fun-sounding. However, it seems to me that's the only way you'll know how to move forward with this, whatever you choose to do (play as-is, restore, sell). Until you do that, you'll have to listen to us chuckle-heads offering our inexpert opinions as to what it is and what you should do. It will never end.

    Isn't there some place in NYC that could authenticate it? Or maybe Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia could do it?

    Here's the crux of my two cents: don't listen to any of us, except in taking my advice not to listen to us. We're on the Internet. Take it to a pro who can touch it, smell it, inspect it, and who'll know what he or she has before him/her. What we say doesn't matter.
     
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    Killer find! Get it in shape and play that baby, don't sell it. In another 20 years it will buy you a new house in the midwest. Save all of the parts though.
     
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    Been following this for the last few days. Deep joy!!
     
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    I once saw a 1972 Fender Jazz Bass in a small guitar shop in Estonia back in '92. They only wanted $150 for it.
     
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    How bitter.

    How do you know it's not a '50s Tele?
     
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  16. Mad Kiwi

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    How and why does the internet bring such bitter, jealous, rude people?

    It astounds me how you can feel so brave, so negative and so empowered to call someone a liar.

    Why not just be happy that someone MIGHT have found the holy grail in our world?

    I've said it before and i'll say it again (no doubt) but to everyone being so rude, it absolutely shows YOU up as the person you really are than the OP who is hoping he has found a treasure.

    OP, PLEASE ignore the negative comments. I've seen so many interesting threads die due to the OP in these or similar situations taking offense rather than appreciating there will always be these people in such a big environment and to just ignore them (literally, use the ignore button and make your life here much more pleasant).

    Like others, i'm dying to see how this turns out for you.
     
  17. jrblue

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    While it's true that most people research guitars (etc.) before selling because of the Antiques Roadshow effect, it remains true that a garage or barn find that looks like hell -- and this guitar is butt-ugly and looks like junk -- can end up at a flea market or yard sale. Not often, but also not impossible. In any case, I would not leave that messed-up refin like it is. Since it's already been refinned horribly, returning it to its original look is no loss.
     
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    With all the speculation going on here, and in other threads, people tend to forget that there was a time when an "old guitar from the 50's" was just that. An old beat up guitar from 20 30 years a go that had no real value. Most here have been around long enough to remember how most "specialists" looked down on 70's strats and tele's. These where the worst guitars in the world. In the early 80's and 90's only a brand spanking new guitar was just bearly good enough. Hell, even a piece of crap that was 3 week younger was better than the guitar you bought last month.
    And then somwhere in the 2nd half of the 90's it all changed. All of a sudden only a 51 tele and a 57 strat had value. All the rest was crap.
    Now an ugly 70's strat goes for a premium. If the guitar in the op was my find, I'd just get it working and give it a setu[ that made it playable and don't worry about value. just play it.
     
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    What a treat!



    Thread recap -

    Get at least two in-hand appraisals from the aforementioned experts.

    Make decisions from there.



    Not that I get a vote but, I like it as it is.

    Cheers!
     
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  20. Bassmac

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    Such a nice find and entertaining tread as well! I wish I could afford a real Tele! Yes and I remember the 70’s fenders , most were awfully bad. What survived will be good enough I guess.
     
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