Help dating this 80's Schecter Tele?

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  1. EmoryJ

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    20200301_015256.jpg 20200301_003620.jpg 20200301_003727.jpg 20200301_003559.jpg 20200301_003734.jpg 20200301_003631.jpg Hi. Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer me in dating this instrument.

    I have seen other posts here about dating 80's Schecter Teles and I'm wondering if, since the last go round, anyone has either gone further down the rabbit hole or cracked the code.

    I have had this guitar since the mid 80's. I bought it in Houston, TX. It came with a locking system that I hated so I pulled it off and replaced it with a simple Badass.

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    Can't help you, but I had a Korean made version of that guitar, Schecter branded, but who knows what factory it came from. Yours is a Pete Townsend model, yes?
     
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    Yes. I think I bought it as a PT Tele. I've always loved the sound more than the shape of the neck.
     
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    Looks pretty sick. I'm a fan of big C necks. I have a modern c slim on my esquire.
     
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    My dad had a Schecter Strat which he loved. Solid rosewood neck and Seymour Duncan “Quarter Pounder” pickups. It was a wonderful instrument. I think it was mid/late 80s.
     
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    Cool guitar; that would be a Dallas-era Schecter with the 22-fret neck and having had their locking trem system (made for them by Schaller) as the original bridge so that makes it roughly late 1984-1987-ish when Fender revoked their license for the headstock shapes and hit them with a C&D, forcing Schecter to change the headstock shape. For what it's worth (given all the hubub about C&Ds thanks to Gibson vs. Kiesel, and Kiesel vs. Harley Benton) this was the correct thing to do; Schecter had been granted a license to use the headstock shapes for replacement parts (like what Warmoth and the other parts companies have), but Schecter switched their focus to building production guitars instead of supplying replacement parts.

    It's my understanding that these are probably a mixture of parts brought from Van Nuys and parts made in Japan by Schecter Japan (which was a joint venture there). Per Tom Anderson they didn't make any 22-fret necks in the USA; they were all MIJ. But of course Tom left Schecter when they moved to Dallas in late 1984.
     
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    Thanks. I have read that the Saturns had 21 frets, but the later ones - mid 80's, had 22. I'm not going dating this to sell it. But my interest to get a new neck for it and use it more, naturally has me more interested. If it is MIJ...I wonder what these pickups are. They are the best part about this guitar.
     
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    It's an overlap - the 22-fret models were called the Saturn also. The name "PT" didn't come about until after the company was sold to the current owner and they moved back to California, which was circa 1988.

    Plus even though they used MIJ bodies and necks they were assembling in the USA in Dallas; the pickups look like the covered SuperRocks.
     
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    Thanks! The pickups are great. It's odd that I don't remember much about buying it. I've had it for a very long time and pulled it our the other day for a session. I need to find a neck for it that I like better.
     
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