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Looking for an old friend, 1965 ...

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by jfgesquire, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    My first band was in 1987... I was all of 20 playing with a bunch of old musicians in their 30's. Lol.

    The other guitarist had a red Tele, the first Tele I ever played. The guitar was barely 20 years old, like me, hardly vintage, yet.

    Fast forward 30 years and now I own my first Tele and I asked him about his.

    He had to sell it 15 years ago but misses it now.

    His recollection is that it's a 1965, Dakota Red. He insisted it was all original, but the 6 saddle bridge says otherwise.

    Were b/w/b guards available in 65? dakota%2065.jpeg
     
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    Pretty sure there weren't any b/w/b guards in 65.
    They appeared in 76, IIRC.
     
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    When did those 6 hammer saddles appear?
     
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    He was not the original owner, but he did buy it from the original owner.
     
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    The picture is not great but it looks like a maple cap neck with narrow 12th fret markers maybe 1969 ?
     
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    I have a marginally better/different picture of the neck, there is no hole or truss rod plug on the headstock, and the logo is mostly light colored.

    Maple neck, no truss rod plug in headstock , pre-transition logo - my understanding is that is 1965, not '69.

    Look carefully at this cropped pic, it's the Telecaster sitting on the guitar stand with the big old Ash 70's Strat behind it. That's all that's going on there. You can see the logo is definitely not the black logo, and there's no plug for the truss rod. 20180527_210901_1527469905752-1.jpeg
     
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    Well there was at least one before 1970, and that would be George Harrison's rosewood Telecaster!
     
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    Oups, yes, I forgot the rosewood Telecaster(s).
    It's safe to say though, that this model was the only one with a b/w/b pickguard.
    Or was there another one?
     
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