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Help Identifying Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jayhawknavy02, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. jayhawknavy02

    jayhawknavy02 TDPRI Member

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    Opportunity to buy a used Tele, its a MIM model, but not sure I've seen one with the vintage 6 saddle, vintage tuner and string tree like that, so I'm assuming its been modified, but I have no idea. The seller said the pickups have been replaced for sure.

    For the Tele experts any thoughts / ideas on the model or warnings on this?

    Thank you in advance.

    Jay

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  2. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    Email Fender Customer Support with the serial number.

    As long as it wasn't made before '93 they'll have all the info..
     
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  3. Dacious

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    It might be a late 90s - the top.is possibly a veneer on a poplar body. I'd say the six saddle is a replacement.
     
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    I think I've seen one of those on the forum before in that finish.

    What's the shopping bag? Is it Peter Tosh or just a random Rasta?
     
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    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    That is bob marley

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  6. jayhaknavy02

    jayhaknavy02 TDPRI Member

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    That’s the post the gentleman has for sale, so unfortunately can’t ID the Rasta...lol.

    Thanks. I emailed the owner to see if I could get the S/N. Appreciate the heads up.
     
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  7. BradKM

    BradKM Tele-Holic

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    It looks a lot like my '95 Tele Special, with a couple of exceptions.

    1) Single coil neck pickup, where the Specials had a humbucker.
    2) That string tree doesn't look right at all. Wrong style and placement is off.

    Both could be simple mods...or red flags.

    Otherwise, as noted above, the body looks exactly like the ash-capped poplar Specials in that finish, and the six-saddle bridge was stock on that model (most have since been swapped for three-saddle replacements.)

    Edited...so used to typing "maple-capped" that I misidentified the obvious ash grain on this.
     
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  8. jayhaknavy02

    jayhaknavy02 TDPRI Member

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    Seller said it has a Seymour Duncan Antiquity neck and Hot Tele bridge so spot on.

    For the string tree to my untrained eye it looks like a similar location to other specials I found on the web but it’s a different style for sure. Do you think something is wrong with the position or good to go?

    He’s asking $225 so not too outrageous but I’m not an expert in any form whatsoever.

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  9. BradKM

    BradKM Tele-Holic

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    If it is a modified Special at $225, it's a bargain. I'll have to pull mine out as soon as I can to compare string tree location.
     
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  10. BradKM

    BradKM Tele-Holic

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    And after looking at mine compared to your last shot, the headstocks look almost exactly the same...down to the cigarette burn.

    Mine's got a "MN5XXXX" serial number on the back of the headstock.

    Pickups are definitely an upgrade.

    I went through a series of bridge pickups on mine before landing on an Harmonic Design S-90. Also swapped for a three-saddle bridge. Otherwise, it's been rock solid. I've had it since 96 or 97, and it's remained one of my favorites. Only complaint is it's a little heavy...but not enough to make it uncomfortable.
     
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  11. jayhaknavy02

    jayhaknavy02 TDPRI Member

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    Thats great and thanks for the advice and help.

    I’ve got a Cavalier Fat Lion and Lion King in another tele for rock and blues. I want to build a nocaster style tele so thinking a Cavalier Holy Grail Lion bridge and The Lion King neck or Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocaster pickup set.

    I’m going to throw a Fender vintage bridge in or one from Philadelphia Luthier with some compensated / slanted 3 barrel saddles from Callahan.

    https://www.philadelphialuthiertool...ge-tele-style-bridge-plate-half-satin-chrome/

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    https://www.callahamguitars.com/tele_body_slantsaddle_catalog.htm

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