Flea market find- early 50s tele?

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

  1. StoogeSurfer

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    Yes, I look forward to Dan's article about this restoration in Vintage Guitar magazine!
     
  2. WilburBufferson

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    Your darkened telecaster reminds me of a fellow in a band who opened for our band a few years ago. His 50s-something telecaster had its fretboard hand painted black, and the dots painted white. Looked CRAZY. Sounded amazing too.
     
  3. Mouth

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    I'd love to know its story. I'd bet the past owner was pretty cool. Of course, that would probably bring out someone with a claim to what they threw out as grandpa's crap.

    Can I borrow your penny and go look in some barns? I'm looking for a Porsche 356 under a dusty tarp.
     
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    Did it come with a case?
     
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    extremely smart of you to contact Dan & Im glad he is interested , lets hope this turns out to be the grail, Man I cant tell how excited we are for you ! Its nice to see some thing positive happen here , keep us posted!
     
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    Imagine how many people passed on it before the OP bought it. If you had seen it sitting there, would you have bought it?
     
  7. Charlodius

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    No it was leaning against a folding table, the lower end on the ground. The guy threw in s stand but it was missing a piece.
     
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  8. Charlodius

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    I hear you. It’s living at a family member’s house in a room that was built as a wine cellar ( but isn’t being used that way). Security system and big dogs. Someone might steal it but would probably leave a hand behind. My tweed Deluxe clone will move there.
     
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    What a find! Were slotted head screws that common on that serial range? On my blackguard build I’m using a mix of both, but assumed that would make it more like a ‘51. Also nice to see that low e ferrule not line up perfectly. That’s exactly what happened on my build!
     
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  10. knopflerfan

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    I can't wait to hear how everything turns out. Hope you find out that is a genuine old Tele. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    [QUOTE = "knopflerfan, post: 9027294, membro: 82967"] Non vedo l'ora di sapere come va a finire tutto. Spero che tu scopra che è un vero vecchio Tele. Grazie per aver condiviso. [/ QUOTE]
    Regarding this I think there is not any doubt...she really is an old Tele!
     
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    It was all flathead screws until '54. When they brought the Strat out, they switched over to Phillips head screws for both guitars.
     
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    just a point to consider.........

    In the 50's how many law suit tele manufacturers were around any ways?...........any one?
    and of those manufacturers how many used real fender parts.............?
    and of those manufacturers how many took the time to copy Fenders designs down to the dated pots, 3 way knife switching, fender style tone caps ( but fender used what ever he had avail.) and cloth covered wire, let alone the truss rod adjustment!
     
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    I keep coming back to this thread just because it makes me feel good.
     
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    My two cents sez you are doing the right thing. You have made your new "rescue" guitar and the crew here very happy!
     
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    With all due respect, and as cool and wonderful as this guitar is, I'm glad my Roadworn Tele doesn't look this way.
     
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    I think you scored a lagit tele there Man, I tend to agree that this is a first run tele.
     
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    Congrats....and Dan Erlewine would be a great person to give you guidance on what to do.
     
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    As I recall, phillips screws were introduced in '53...but simply implemented as the stocks of slot-heads were used up (Leo wasn't throwing anything out). Some guitars of this period show a mix...which is one of the clues to this guitar's actual build date. I wanted my Esquire build to look like it was pre-53 so I put slot-heads in all positions.

    I like that the OP is leaning towards Dan Erlwine. I would have great difficulty not stripping it all back and returning the body finish to "as new"...as the current finish looks terrible to me. I'd probably get rid of that nasty home-made ashtray cover too. It is a tough decision, I would want to keep all the original hardware, etc...but what then to do with the finish?
     
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    You are likely a bigger expert than I am, but I’ve heard several people say there was a mix of flat and Phillips in late 52/53 ad they were transitioning. Leo wasted nothing. I’ve been told the 12 fret dot spacing is ‘52 and the blend circuit went away in 53.
     
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