Newbie with an odd question

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  1. Cordy

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    And btw this forum is awesome, I’ve picked up some good tips on this site.

    I purchased a Tele today that needed some tlc. After cleaning it up, tightening the jack, polishing the frets and putting on new strings, I noticed a rattle. Removed the cover to the electronics cavity and it was full of lead fishing sinkers. Eight sinkers weighing 11grams each. Does anyone know what kind of purpose that may serve? I’ve been playing for decades and I’ve not come across this before.
     

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  2. Deeve

    Deeve Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    ???
    perhaps the previous player used a slippery strap and experienced "neck dive"

    What is the guitar's weight, after you've drained off the lead?

    Peace - Deeve


    and welcome, btw

    edit - 88grams? 8x11 equals just a little over 3oz
     
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  3. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I'm guessing a previous owner found it a little neck-heavy. My favourite Bass player has a habit of doing this.....

    Welcome to the forum. Post often. :)
     
  4. tery

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    Welcome to TDPRI :) ... I'd dump the lead .
     
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  5. Cordy

    Cordy TDPRI Member

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    I found 2 more while tightening the jack. And thank you!
     
  6. Cordy

    Cordy TDPRI Member

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    It's 6.4 lbs, with 2 remaining sinkers I can't dislodge. It feels nice and balanced to me.
     
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I got no idea on the lead.:confused:
     
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    Likely trying for some bottom feeders. Welcome, from a fellow Texan.
     
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    those are tone sinkers..
     
  11. Cordy

    Cordy TDPRI Member

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    Would those be NOS Sprague sinkers?
     
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    welcome to the forum.
     
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    Previous owner played a lot of Lead Zeppelin.
     
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    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Couldn't find a rattler to put in for Mojo.
     
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    Weird find! Glad you got the lead out.
     
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    It's not for playing rhythm on because it's a, wait for it... lead guitar. :lol:

    I'll show myself out...
     
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    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    o.k. enough with the newbie , what an awful way to be seen by self or others
    Welcome to the house, you belong cause your here and that's it and that's all.
    Welcome aboard, matey.
     
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    That's just shows the versatility of Telecaster!

    It's an instrument, hammer, bottle opener, frying pan, paddle, tackle box..
     
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    I'm with Deeve on this one.

    A previous owner didn't like the balance of the guitar when strapped on, and felt that it had too much 'neck dive'.
    He sought to balance out the guitar by adding lead sinkers to the electronics cavities.

    It's either that, or he was insane, and just wanted a heavier guitar.

    :(
     
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    Howdy and welcome!
    I’m no help with your question.
     
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