Joined the Vintage Club! - 66 Tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by SonicBlueByYou, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. SonicBlueByYou

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    A few days ago, I purchased my first vintage Fender. A 50s dream blackguard is and will likely forever be beyond my financial grasp, so the attainable vintage Tele in my head was a 66-68 maple cap. I didn’t find that, but a 66 rosewood became available and I am happy to say it is in my possession.

    It was owned by a professional musician, and somewhere in the distant past he had an early 60s Gibson patent sticker mini-humbucker installed in the neck. The original pickguard was modified to accept the mini-humbucker. Second string tree added. And around the year 2000, after he retired from gigging, he had the body refinished in blue nitro lacquer at a shop in Nashville. It has been used very little since.

    Everything else is original including the frets. They are worn, the high use areas have 25-30 thou in height remaining.

    The wiring has been modified to modern: rear bridge, middle both pickups and front the neck. It has the original ‘66 250K pots.

    Importantly, it came with the original neck single coil pickup and original switch and wiring in the original case, so it is easy to put the wiring at least back to original. If I wanted to put the single coil back in the neck, I would need to source an old pickguard … but the patent sticker pickup is killer!

    The wear on the neck is amazing, the pic shows it next to my 2009 Time Machine CS Nocaster.


    And for the participation part of the post … What’s it worth? :)

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  2. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    Now that's a Roadworn Tele!

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Tele-Afflicted

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    Looks great!!! You really got a great one!!
     
  4. Lockback

    Lockback Tele-Meister

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    Beautiful!
     
  5. Danb541

    Danb541 Tele-Afflicted

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    Super cool tele.
     
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Wow!
     
  7. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Participation? It's worth exactly what you paid for it! Congrats! It looks fabulouso. Enjoy!
     
  8. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That’s beautiful. Congrats!
     
  9. d barham

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    I think you'll love the rosewood. The guitar looks great. What color was it before it was repainted? Hate to guess what it's worth. Hope you got a deal.
     
  10. ndcaster

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    My birth year tele! I'm happy to see they're still alive and kickin' -- congrats!
     
  11. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Really nice. Congrats.

    It's a little bit too bad about the refin, but at the same time, it looks good, and probably helped make it more affordable, while making it no worse of a player.
     
  12. Old Plank

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    Great one, congrats!
     
  13. Kloun

    Kloun Tele-Meister

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    Awesome guitar. Thanks for posting! I love it!
     
  14. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    Absolute beaut - enjoy
     
  15. Nick Fanis

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    Killer guitar!
    It has lost at least 50% of its original value because of the modifications but who cares?
    It's a player.
     
  16. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I love it. I think the refins are great value vintage and I love Lake Placid Blue.
     
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    Cool!

    I like those rosewood board teles, that’s right before they became uncommon and maple took over

    I love to have a tele from around 65-67

    It’s got nice neck wear, I have an unhealthy fascination with neck wear mmmmmmm, I wonder if someone would lean it up against and amp or something to get that wear up onto the headstock

    It good the decal still has the gold in it, around this time a lot of the logos would shed their gold
     
  18. Fretting out

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    Was it originally blonde? Or was it a custom color?

    You forgot to mention the replaced switch tip ;)

    (I’m just being picky)
     
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    Hey Rick, I think I have some original NOS Dakaware switch tips somewhere. I'll shoot one out to you.
     
  20. SonicBlueByYou

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    Thanks for the kind words. I don’t know what colour it was originally, I forgot to ask.

    And I did forget to mention the switch tip! Laughing. One in every crowd.

    Thanks Bluebird.
     
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