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Lefty 1976 Fender Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Guitar_Lefty, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Guitar_Lefty

    Guitar_Lefty TDPRI Member

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    I have purchased a lefty 1976 Tele and it has the truss rod location up by the body, it’s not a bullet. Does anyone know if this was some type “reissue” from an earlier year possibly?

    So excited to have a vintage guitar again, I didn’t make the cutoff here for posting vintage (1974) but I’m still quite pleased. 100% original and in really good condition. Weight is so awesome 7.3 pounds!!!

    please chime in with any thoughts and have a great day !!!
     

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  2. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Afflicted

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    I believe that this model came with a 4-bolt neck. The Thinlines, Deluxes, and Customs had the Bullet truss rods. Or something like that. I think you're good to go. Nice looking axe, BTW.
     
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    Congrats! That’s a nice one. Mines a ‘76 Thinline and I call it vintage, darn rules of ‘74.
     
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  4. Nubs

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    Very nice indeed! Did you ask Jimmy @ Southpaw offer any further info on it?

    Nice backyard pic too BTW ;)
     
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  5. Dan R

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    I have never seen a tele from that era that is all black. Not saying it's not original, but a white PG would be far more likely. I didn't start seeing all black guitars until the '80s and by then everybody was using one. The all black fad seemed to be an '80s thing. Just my observation.

    I have a '75 and love it. It's a little heavier at 8.6 lbs. Anything under 9 lbs. in that era is a find. Congrats on a nice tele.
     
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    Thanks,
    Yes I just received the guitar and it’s a 4-bolt neck. Still wondering if this is a reissue model. Why the no bullet and the truss up by the body.
     
  7. Guitar_Lefty

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    I’m going to call him this afternoon and thank him, I’ll ask while I’ve got him on the phone. Thx, CBS
     
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  8. Slim Chance

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    That was a four bolt model, which never went to the bullet style.
     
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    As @Slim Chance says the "standard" Tele never went away from the 4-bolt neck and truss rod at the neck heel (by the body). Only the models introduced in 1972 - the Tele Custom, Tele Deluxe, and revised Tele Thinline changed to the 3-bolt neck and bullet truss rod adjuster.
     
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    Nice Find!
     
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    I just checked the serial number and it turns out she is a 1975. Which means quite a bit to me. The she plays good and will play better. The guitar and pickups sound fantastic.

    she came with .10s on her and I use .11 NYXLs I’m not sure if I will keep her strung with .10s or do like the Jeffersons “and movin’on up.”
     
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    Also, I think '76 was the first year of black pickguards for all of Fenders' "standard" models..eg the regular Strat, Tele, etc that weren't a Custom/Deluxe/Thinline variation.

    Nice guitar, congrats
     
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    Thank you f
    Thank you both for that info, weird that they only wanted to torture Strat players
     
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    76 was indeed the year of bwb pickguards. My avatar has my 78.

    This is what they looked like underneath. 78_tele_fade.jpg


    The mouse ears were because the new auto pin routers CBS installed couldn't follow the square neckpocket route.
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    Plus 73-on have no notch in bass side neck pocket - same reason..Fender didn't change to four bolt because by then they were selling hardly any of the standard - the tele was an old cowboy guitar. Deluxes, Thinlines, Customs, Strat, plus all the Ibanez and Mighty Mite were stealing the spotlight
     
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    Guitar Lefty, is that guitar body black or just a very dark brown? I assumed it was black.

    Your headstock should look just like my avatar, two string trees and a walnut plug. There should be a big "F" on the neck plate then the serial number below.

    BTW, I do remember all black Tele Customs from the '70's but they always had a maple fretboard. Anyway, always learning.
     
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    FWIW, I had the exact same model and color as yours, only right-handed. 1975, black pickguard, neck adjustment at the heel, etc. Wish I still had it....:(
     
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    The original owner may have ordered it with the rosewood, which was quite a find for me. After playing for the last hour and a half I’m in tonal bliss.
    The 2-strong trees are there, correct logo on the headstock, big script F on the 4-bolt neck plate along with the serial number. The pickups sound fantastic, probably gonna put the .11s on her, although these .10s feel solid (and I’m not getting any younger)

    thanks for the feedback on this model, I had no idea.
     
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    Very nice, fellow lefty! Good old Southpaw Guitars ...
     
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    If you send it to me , I will gladly critique it . Of course , that may take some time .
     
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  20. Nubs

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    Ahh a birthyear guitar for me! Even nicer!
     
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