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My Son Stickered my Telecaster

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Rustbucket, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Wrong way Tele

    Wrong way Tele TDPRI Member

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    Donald Duck Dunn's Bass.. He played this bass when he was with Clapton during the Behind the Sun tour..
    Saw that 85 tour at the Lakeland Civic Center Lakeland Florida. Great show..
     
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  2. Wrong way Tele

    Wrong way Tele TDPRI Member

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    On my 85 Fender Japan for 39 years, my Bass players kid stuck it on when i left it at his house.. The swinging Monkey on the head stock i put on a few years later from a Revell B-24 model kit.
    This was the first real Lefty Strat that i bought new with the case (Case long gone) at Thoroughbred Music in Tampa Florida in 86.
    Had that White Chocolate smell for years.
     

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  3. tubedude

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    The only thing that will remove the sticker without damage is the tears of the offender. Sometimes their blood too.
     
  4. Vizcaster

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    7 pages wow that really touched a nerve.

    if you're still deciding whether to keep it, consider that there will be a shadow. Also consider that you don't know what the adhesive was made of, and it may soften the lacquer if left on there too long (i.e. long enough for whatever unknown solvent is in the adhesive to migrate into the lacquer). do not use rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol on a nitro finished guitar.
     
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  5. TeleMidi

    TeleMidi TDPRI Member

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    Future relic or not, that's a family heirloom now.

    If/when the sticker becomes unreadable, have your son put the same sticker in the same place but oriented to be upright when playing. Repeat as necessary until his son or daughter can help too.
     
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  6. Bluetelecaster

    Bluetelecaster Tele-Holic

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    I still remember the day I put a bunch of Rat rod bubblegum card stickers on the fender of my dad's new GMC pickup. I can still feel that butt whipping:eek:
     
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  7. turfdoc

    turfdoc TDPRI Member

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    If that's an ash body, I wouldnt want it messed with at all. Those ash teles are bad mommas.
     
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  8. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Tele-Meister

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    I'll put stickers on my guitars, but ONLY on pickguards; NEVER on a finished surface. Naphta (lighter fluid) is great for removing any sticky residue - just ask Dan Erlewine...
     
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  9. skidbrake

    skidbrake TDPRI Member

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    I say leave the sticker on, play the guitar well, and when you pass it on to your son, he'll have the added special memory of how he tagged it for you! My $0.02. Play hard, stay healthy.
     
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  10. jays0n

    jays0n Tele-Meister

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    Looks good As it is to me, the kid has a good eye. I would leave it. It’s now part of the history of the guitar and your family. Your first step towards actual real life relic-ing:)
     
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  11. bcorig

    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yeah that looks terrible. NOT! Thatsagreatlookingguitar!
     
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  12. papa32203

    papa32203 Tele-Holic

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    Don't have time to read through all the replies, so if I'm repeating- sorry.

    If you are going to play that guitar, the sticker will be worn by your forearm to a point that you can't tell how cool it used to be. That will happen pretty quick.

    Take it off now.
     
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  13. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Holic

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    I didn't read the whole thread, so, it's possible that I am repeating someone's previous suggestions.
    I'm not a sticker guy, not at all, but to have a guitar that my seven year old son had "customized" would be priceless to me at this point, therefore, may I suggest:
    Get another sticker like that one.
    Carefully and safely remove that one; he can help.
    Then let him put the replacement on the pickguard; you can help.
    Sounds like a favorable compromise to me.
     
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  14. padreraven

    padreraven Tele-Meister

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    Gotta decide what the guitar is. Something you'll sell when you can get top dollar? Something you'll keep till you die? Something you can hand down to this particular kid when he's ready to want it? Choose accordingly.
     
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    Looks kinda cool, but I’d probably get it off of there asap. I have an old poly guitar that I put stickers on as a kid and they definitely left shadows. I also have a 2014 strat and the first owner left the factory sticker on the pickguard too long. It left a shadow too.
     
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  16. Carcinogen

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    Not gonna read through 7 pages of posts here, but anyways; Is Uncle Josh your artist?
     
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  17. rze99

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    Horrid I’d get it off now -
    and gently.

    That’s a thin finish. Chrissy Hynde’s 66’Tele haD a sticker removed and off came the finish. She was livid.
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  18. eddnix

    eddnix Tele-Meister

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    Don't worry about the nitro, that there is heirloom material.
     
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    Remove the sticker, have your tattoo buddy ink your kids forehead with the saying..."Thou shall NOT....",
    Then tell him the sad story about a guitar player named Jimmy Page that went down in infamy for desecrating a TELECASTER with an ugly paint job of a dragon and mirrors( what was he thinking?)
     
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  20. Rustbucket

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    Yes, I grew up with Josh and he’s one of my best friends. His dad has played the washtub bass with me for years, which our duo as well as my TDPRI handle are both named after.
     
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