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Is this a legit CS tele?

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by lightningflash, Nov 24, 2020.

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  1. Festofish

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    Did his buddy with dementia consent?!?
     
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    Out of curiosity, what does the neck and neck-pocket look like on a CS guitar?
     
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    The most suspect of the whole thing is the friend with dementia. Shouldn’t the “friend” have a loved one or legal proxy handling his affairs? Also, like was already mentioned, I’ve never seen a CS Fender come in a chain saw case.
     
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    Maybe the friend gigged it and felt the chainsaw case held-up better riding around town with his tele in it?!?!
     
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    Also.. story about his buddy paying almost 4k but now special price (1700$) just for you, raises some questions. Like, why?

    I'm not Custom Shop guitar expert though.
     
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    I would probably worry the least about the case. There are many reasons that the original case, if there was, in fact, ever one, could have been swapped out. Players do that sorta thing all the time for lots of different reasons.
     
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    All CS guitars that I have seen over the last 30 years have some kind of CS marking on both the neck end and neck pocket. There are a few variations over the years, but there are always some kind of mark(s) that indicate it is a CS guitar.
     
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    I would pass on this guitar. The wear I notice on the top of body either side of the neck plate tells me don’t touch this with a boat oar.
     
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    I saw the wear by the neck plate...but why do you think that wear makes it a bad guitar?
    I mean, I agree it's an odd place to see the finish worn off but not sure what would do that, maybe a guitar stand?
     
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    I'm pretty sure a used Custom Shop guitar sells for less than a new one, especially one that doesn't have it's original case and paperwork, if it is legit anyways....and this price wasn't just for me, that's his listed price for anyone.
     
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    Ok, I might go take a look at it and take it apart if I do. Now I at least know what to look for.
     
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    I'm curious. Did the Custom Shop guitars come with necks with wide dot spacings at the twelfth, 21 frets and a slightly different heel end?
    Is it just the colour of the finish and the 'guard that make the lower horn look a little odd too?

    I'd ask for provenance via paperwork, heel, pocket and control cavity pictures.
     
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    Obviously a fake as by the detail of workmanship it could have easily passed itself off as a much more expensive boutique builder. Why settle for a Fender badge when you can pass it off as being better? Some people!
     
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    It appears to me someone cut away the backing of the neck plate in order to make it fit without removing the plate. I’ve never had a guitar stand to do this to any guitar.
     
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    I mean, this is dealbreaker. It's a pretty neck though, it's probably worth something--whatever a used partscaster goes for.
     
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    What year did they start putting the CE and trash-can sticker on the back of the neck plates?
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    I have some 90s Fenders that still have these stickers.
     
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    The only CS guitar I have is one of the '06 Re-issues of a ''51 NoCaster Closet Classic with the big bat neck?(think that's what they called the Not reliced model). It came with two cases. One as shown in the OP's pics and a tweed thermometer case.
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much about the case. Cases come and go. Your best bet is to do what people above suggested and contact Fender and give them the serial number to confirm. Make sure they send you the spec sheet with all the details and make sure they match.
     
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