Flea market find- early 50s tele?

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

  1. radiocaster

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    According to that site I posted, tuners are 52-56.

    There is some relevance as to dating for that neck pickup wire rout, I can't find it on that site (but maybe it is there).

    There is a picture gallery though.
    http://www.guitarhq.com/gallery.html#fend

    There are many pages on that site, not all organized that well.
     
  2. Major Gruber

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    Amazing!! Well done, that's the real thing. I always dreamed to find this in yard sales or flee markets, but Fender guitars weren't imported on this side of the Atlantic before the 60's, so there's even less chances… I once catched a 51 hidden under lots of mods, with no original electronics that had escaped from a big west coast vintage shop's survey, but that kind of luck is very rare and takes years of daily surveyance… Congratulations!!
     
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    > Now that I believe it is what it is, I’m scared to remove so much as a tuner screw to get
    > a look at the underside. I just need to wrap my head around it, but there is absolutely no
    > way I would personally do any work in it myself!


    Smart man!

    Looks like someone back in the day wanted a burst finish on their Tele... Very cool!
     
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  4. John Nicholas

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    I know that you are probably overwhelmed by this amazing find. Just breathe, take it easy and think through your next steps.

    While I am not even close to being an expert, just by the photos you have shared, this appears to be a vintage Telecaster.

    Restoring this guitar should not be something you tackle. Best left to an expert.

    I agree with the others that Dan Erlewine is a great option. I would also suggest Eric Daw. Eric has a podcast called the Fret Files, has worked on, restored, and re-finished vintage guitars. Working at Emerald City guitars in Seattle for about 20 years.

    Just recently Eric has been restoring a Telecaster that was found in a barn and painted with house paint!! He has been detailing the restoration on Instagram and talked about it on his podcast. I have conversed with him and he is a straight up honest guy.

    Congratulations on your new vintage guitar!
     
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    Stories like this give us all hope. Thanks for sharing! These Maryland flea markets don’t measure up to what you’re working with over there.
     
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    What you are saying does apply to Strats, but not Teles. Stratocasters had the wider spacing in the '50s (directly under the A and B strings). Teles had the narrower dot spacing during that time. This one looks good/right.

    Scott
     
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    I emailed Dan Erlewine. I hope he is interested in offering his opinion, maybe looking at more pics ( I only attached 3-4 due to file size).
     
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    Clive Brown in England is considered one of the best for vintage restorations. That would be my choice if I had to have it refinished.
     
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    Be especially reluctant to have the bridge pickup rewound. It may well be repairable without rewinding and it would be worth more to me in broken but untouched original condition than in rewound condition.

    There is also a good chance that the original neck finish is still present under the SB lacquer. With very careful removal of the SB neck finish a good restorer may be able to save the original neck finish.
     
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    Saving the whatever is left of the headstock decal - if any is still present under that refin - would be my top priority I think.
     
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    Just keep track of the screws. :D
     
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    20 bucks? Holy crap.

    You need to send it to a respected restorer like Gordon Miller, not simply have it refinished and restored piecemeal by MJT and the usual suspects.

    Period correct bridge cover will be worth the investment. Not sure a period correct poodle hard case will be, but if you can find one without spending a fortune, then I would spend the money.
     
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    If I were the lucky finder and owner, I repeat I would NOT do any refin, any restoration... there is no reason to think that it wasn't born that way...
    Just try to understand what happens with bridge pickup (with a ohm-meter, maybe would not a coil interruption, but only a wiring problem...).
     
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    I assure you, that is not the case.
     
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    Wow! Congrats on a great find. It's great that that neglected guitar ended up in the hands of someone who will bring it back to life.
     
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    Ok, I believe in you! This forum is really useful to learn! :) Thank you!
     
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    WOW! What a great thread! Congrats, Charlodius on finding that legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. When I worked in guitar shops in the 70s and 80s, we used to find nuggets like this at flea markets and pawn shops on a regular basis. A lot of folks say they don't exist anymore in this day and age, but it's great to see there are still some out there! Again, congratulations and welcome to the forum!:cool:
     
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    What makes this especially cool to me is the fact that all the things that were done to it appear to have been done a long time ago. It's almost like folk art.
     
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