Hey all, brand new I am. But have been lurking for a while... I've had a huge bug to get another Tele, miss my ole '78 with that huge neck... I play primarily boutique-y Strats and other one-off type guitars. An admitted guitar obsesso. I have an odd bird parts Tele I bought from a guy in Orange County a few weeks ago... he didn't know what it was... I spent a bunch of time on these threads and researched my brains out... now I'm thinking the neck is a 52 RI from 1982, Fullerton... "VINTAGE" stamped on heel... has the correct tuners... seems to have the thin-ish, semi-V profile I've read that those RIs have... previous owner added the string trees. And yeah, it's a black headstock. Whoever painted it black did so many years ago.... did they EVER come from the factory like that?? the body and the rest of it have me at a loss... I know it's an after market pickguard. The bridge, hardware (apart from tuners) do not seem to have been born with the neck. Wrong bridge, obviously, etc. I bought this guitar because I loved the woody sound on the neck pickup. It's warm and it's big, yet defined. And I'm a sucker for a good natural relic. The age lines on this guitar are very mojoy (not so obvious in these pix). The neck, however, is of course not the huge chunky neck I miss from my 70s Tele and I'm not sure if I'm going to keep this guitar or pass it on. A bit of time will tell. I'm really not sure what it's worth. Dings everywhere. I took her apart and have a gazillion pictures... they are here: http://s1052.beta.photobucket.com/user/ScottB69/library/Fender Telecaster RI Mystery TELE I will attach a few here too. Sorry to just join up and ask for help but... Anyone know from whence this body came?? The guy I bought it from said the body was from "the 70s." I doubt that. ... and he thought the neck was from "the 60s" Uh. No. Nice guy though Thanks everyone!