Flea market find- early 50s tele?

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

  1. RL52

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    Don’t touch it!

    Take it to an expert to get evaluated.
    Messing with the patina could wreck the value.
     
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    The original untouched value is already wrecked.

    Now it needs to be correctly refinished by a professional in the business of vintage restorations. If done properly, that could be a $20k guitar.

    I've been buying/selling/trading vintage teles since the late 90s...that's the real deal. And I don't think I've ever heard/seen a better story. Congratulations.
     
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    Looks real to me! Nice!
     
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    Damn! Dude . . . go buy a lottery ticket . . . now!
     
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    Good for you...hope it's the real deal.
     
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    Biggest flea market Tele SCORE I've ever seen ever. Congrats, enjoy it.
     
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    Only number I can see is on the bridge plate . Apparently neck plat SN was later.
     
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    Some folks say pencil marks and sometimes masking tape in the cavity can give you an idea on date but those were lost, I assume, with the refin. Someone pretty knowledgeable said the pots are vintage correct clarostat and the number corresponds to manufacture in ‘52. Idk.
     
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    I’m not sure but I think there is some finish on the truss rod cross notch. They finished the ferrules!
     
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    Under bridge-
     

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    This is true- my two daughters were out with me and the 7 year old found a ‘lucky penny’ earlier, before I realized what I had. Now I’m like WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE PENNY? IS THE PENNY SAFE???
     
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    When I took the DIY bridge plate off, there was a single segment of a bicycle chain hanging from one of the bridge pole pieces. Someone in FB called it a schwinncaster
     
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    Get her refinished and play a few songs through an old tweed and post it here - I'd love to hear her voice after so long!
     
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    Please don't touch.... for my opinion you would leave her in its state, only gently clean and nothing more....
    Could be a rare prototype, maybe could be went out from Fender exactly in this condition....we cannot know...
     
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    Great story dude, everybody loves these flea market finds, very glad for you.
     
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    Ohm. Ma. Gurd.
     
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    jaws down...what a find!!!li don't know much but maybe Fender can tell more about it....
     
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    At that age, didn't the brass barrels have like threaded string grooves? Not smooth?
     
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