Help identifying this Thinline Tele...

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  1. punkrockscott

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    Hi! I need help identifying this telecaster/partscaster/frakenstein... Someone is offering it up in a trade vs a banjo I rarely use, valued around $200. Here's the story I have:

    "I bought this guitar used from (insert local reputable music shop). It's a fender thinline semi hollow body with a custom ordered neck. There are "imperfections". The previous tried to relic the body but we refinished it. There's no cracks in the body though. It plays well and the neck is very straight. I don't know what the pick ups are on it right now but I'm giving you some extra pickups from previous fenders. Also an extra bridge is a fender replacement from an authorized fender dealer on ebay."

    So what do you guys think? No serial # on neck, which makes me think it's sketchy. My money is on a squier body/fender maple neck.

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  2. scelestus

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    The logo, pair of string trees, and plastic plug make it look like a Modern Player or a Blacktop neck. Something MIM or MIC - the placement of the serial numbers on those would also be where the coin is glued.
     
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    Wouldn't the serial be longer than the coin though? We'd see something sticking out a side... could the whole thing be a modern player? not too familiar with that line
     
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    Not if it was sanded off and the coin just helped obscure the marks. ;)

    I'd want some clearer pictures of the headstock just to be sure.
     
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    I will go and see it in person. obviously for a $200-300 exchanged i'm not expecting anything special, but if it plays nice then it could at least be a fun project!
     
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    Mexican made body. The rest - spaghetti logo, tuners neck don't match. Ignore flag on neckplate it's a bitsa.
     
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    I guess custom ordered means different things to different people to me that means
    A- custom shop neck made specifically for a customer ( just a neck very rare to be made for someone these days)
    Or at least
    B- a fender replacement neck made in USA or Mexico at a fender factory

    This just looks like a random tele-like neck that could be from anything


    I’m guessing about 200 dollars is right on it would be nice to see if the neck heel is marked with anything and what it looks like under the pickguard and bridge
     
  8. boris bubbanov

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    Scratch the "Fender" logo off the headstock and the flag off the neck plate, and you have a trade.

    Mahogany Thinline body looks decent; depending on the source of the pickups you might have a decent loaded body there.

    This neck never was Ensenada. This type of light birdseye maple is popular with Korean and Indonesian manufacturers, never with Fender MIM. Could be Mitey Mite, etc. You could pull the neck off, to lock in the confirmation.

    The body could be a stripped Squier Classic Vibe, but that doesn't bother me too much.
     
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  9. punkrockscott

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    trying to get some "clear" photos before making the drive out to see if it's worth even trying. The dude said his dad who was a roadie for a pretty big band, ordered the neck from custom shop. OR said his dad had ordered custom shop necks without markings before... wasn't clear to me.

    Again - it's a $200 trade value, can't expect much but would love to know the identity of this tele! if it plays like garbage, well who cares what's on there. ;)
     
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    Entirely depends on how it plays. If it plays and sounds good, who cares about the backstory. If you are trading something you don't use, you are basically getting it for free. You can always upgrade the pickups or other aspects. But if it does not play well, if the neck seems off, or it needs fretwork, or whatever, then you are just taking on a headache. If it was me, I would ask myself: would I ever actually play this guitar?
     
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    Additional info:
    -New bridge also included in trade - The bridge is a fender replacement from an authorized fender dealer on ebay
    -Extra pickups will also be given and are from previous Fenders (whatever that means)

    Will be interesting to see what was done to "relic" this guitar... someone prob just took a sander to it! Maybe I can repaint.
     
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    Assuming it plays ok, I can see it as a last-resort backup for live shows (replace the pickups depending on what's actually on there now). Or at least to have a different sounding guitar than what I have now (Gretsch Nashville, lawsuit Les Paul). I still like to know the history of it, for my own curiosity! Plus it's fun to go on forums and do some investigative work
     
  13. scelestus

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    I think you might be spot on with that neck being Korean! It could be from a Lite Ash Tele. Some birdseye, gold spaghetti Fender logo with no model name, plastic plug, abalone inlays, etc. Linky.

    Edit: Check out the images and serial number placement (you'll have to scroll down a bit). Same Ping looking tuners, too.
     
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    Nice, for $200 I would have bought that.
     
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    The neck plate might be Fender. The flaws in the body suggest home made, not a relic job. The pearl dots and odd contours look like a misc Chinese neck. Likely a third party pickguard as tort 69 pickguards are much easier to come by from third parties. Knobs are a bit random. The fender bridge and pickups could be cheapies. Only worth 200 bucks if you really like it but you’d be better selling the Banjo and putting it towards a used Squier Thinline IMHO. You can get nice Squiers for cheap...
     
  17. punkrockscott

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    Yes this was a 100% homemade relic job, I am aware of this.
    Knobs are a bit random I agree!

    So far no luck selling the banjo for $$. I could maybe sell this with a little more ease if I don’t end up playing much.
     
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    The neck seems to be from a MIK Lite Ash Tele.The body, on the other hand, may be anything but a Fender IMO.
     
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    Interesting neck.

    12th fret markers are wide.
    Truss rod hole placement seems a little high up.
    Transition to the heel looks 'sharp'.
    The headstock shape looks slightly wrong.
    The rear shot of it looks well odd.

    Pity it has a Fender logo on it. If it feels good in the hand and it makes you grin ( quit sniggering at the back ), then for not much money in the grand scheme of things, or getting rid of a banjo ( never a bad thing ), why not?
     
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