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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Golem, Jun 10, 2021 at 2:56 PM.
I know the current owner of this and have dealt with him before.
I've own a lot of Strat Plus but the Tele Plus is hard to come buy because of Johnny Greenwood's assocation with it. Early Lace Sensors aren't recessed and the Lace Sensor screenprints often wears off. I'm a bit concerned about the cracking on the right side but just from pictures I'd say it looks like a finish crack. Neck pocket cracks are common on a lot of bolt ons. SO not a ton of surprises for me there.
IMHO there is no way that's just a "finish crack".....
I'll be able to check it out in person in about an hour. But certainly that's the number one thing I'm going to try to assess.
The crack through the cutaway runs down the back and through the control cavity. There is another crack starting at the neck pocket. That guitar looks like it lost the bar fight.
Looks like the pickguard is holding the bottom 1/4 of the guitar together.
That looks like more than just a finish crack to me also; something to check closely when you see it in person. It's in pretty rough shape based on some of the other photos - is that a gouge in the fingerboard on the bass side of the 1st fret (one of the photos in the Reverb listing you didn't direct-link to the post) or just dirt?
was gonna say it looks like it got run over
I bought it. But not from Canada. I opened the control cavity to look at it. I would say it's almost certainly just a really bad finish crack but if I could take a picture later and show it if you're curious.
More curious about how you bought it if “not from Canada”?
I bought it from someone I've bought/sold/traded with enough times that I've lost count. He had it shipped from Canada. So... I definitely didn't buy it from Canada.
I'm pleased it isn't the body cracked, but it does look quite severe.
I agree that it looks deep. I assume I'm keeping this one though and really there's nothing wrong with it that affects playability. I might consider getting it refinished at some point. Funny but all the people who do great refin work in my area do Nitro finishes.
Forgot my manners there, congratulations and hngd!
Assuming it is structurally and mechanically sound I would personally leave it like it is.
@Fendereedo It's all good. To hurt my feelings you have to tell me that only a traditional tele is good enough and tell me that Fender got it right the first time. No truss rod, mud switch, and all!
I own a 1990 Tele Deluxe Plus, (which has Wilkinson nut, Schaller locking tuners and Fender tremelo with Hipshot Trem, along with the Lace Senors) which I bought new in 1993. Mine is a single slab though, cut from Ash. I think the early ones were single slab, and they went to multi piece as the years went buy maybe in 92 or so. That one appears to be multi piece. From the photos, it looks a bit rough. The control cover looks like there is a gap to the body which would indicate some wires bunching up under it or pots replaced etc. I'd definitely pull that cover up and see whats under it.
Congrats! Glad that it was just a finish crack after all; these are such a cool Tele variant and a nice piece of early 90s Fender history.
From what I remember it was mostly the natural finish ones that were solid ash; the others have ash veneers over alder. But of course being Fender some other colors could have solid ash bodies as well.