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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by aadvark, Mar 24, 2019.
The '53 Blackguard control plate experiences notable wear unless it's in a museum. Shown here with'53 knobs and pick guard.
nice to meet you, Rudy, they sure are amazing guitars!
Just checked under the control plate again.
Have not pulled off the bridge yet, too busy playing it...
My pots are CLARION dated to the the 20th week of 1952, which would be Mid-May.
140220 stamped in blue ink. Can't believe how well that are working!
The switch is a genuine 1452 3-way blade switch and the tip seems original, the right look and shape (I haven't yanked it off, don't wanna disturb the switch). It is also working fine.
I'll investigate further...
We live in a time when most of these guitars are kept in bank vaults, brought out on the owners birthday and returned just as quickly.
Long live all those willing to play and share the joy with the rest of us, keeping the flame alive. Congratulations on your good fortune, we look forward to hearing more from you and your guitar.
It's a rare treat to study images in this detail, thanks so much for posting.
Looking at the end of the neck, I was able to count approximately 27 years of growth that the Maple of your neck spent growing before it was harvested.
Access to Maple blanks with around 30 yrs of growth are a rare sight.
I've had customers guitars in the workshop, often well made mid priced instruments with flat sawn necks with just a 4 yrs growth section of Maple for the neck. The entire stiffness of these necks are entirely dependent on the function of the trussrod.
There seems to be a possible 'D' mark? Were Fender designating the width of their necks at the nut at this early date, using the A to D mark system?
That's great to hear about the Maple! Thankyou for the info. RE the D hammer stamp - the A-D theory doesn't really hold water for these early Fenders. We had a whole thread on the topic, I'll find the link.
D= 1&7/8 if I recall and that sure doesn't match my neck!
Wow. I guess I'd better be sure and go to as many estate sales as possible! What a find! The condition it's in is just amazing. Now THAT's what is meant by a relic. Like a piece of the True Cross or something....
That's quite a first thread...
When your guitar was made, the stability and strength of the neck was essential. Dependent on its inherant qualities for good tone and longevity, those qualities are perfectly illustrated in your neck.
It was thought during the prototype phase that a truss rod might be superfluous given the careful choice of neck blanks, and there are a few very, very rare examples of prototypes without truss rods.
Thankfully Fender saw that an adjustable truss rod was more than a marketing selling point but insurance, allowing simple adjustments to correct problems that might otherwise require a new neck.
What I love about this company, is that they continued their astute selection of maple neck blanks well into the 1960s ensuring a legacy that's revered to the presant day, and continues in the work of the Fender Custom Shop.
Not just custom shop. The avri gets some tasty wood too!
It would seem so, that's some impressive figuring in the Maple of your neck. Is it a one piece neck?
I'm behind the times with current Strat models I'm afraid. Where does yours fit in the range? And pics! Id love to see more.
yes a very pretty piece of maple that, good score!
and more pics please.
1999 ‘57 reissue. 1 piece neck, flamed throughout. First full year of avri vs usri, pretty on point specs wise. They only did fiesta red as a stock color until 2001 iirc. You can find an avri for around $1100-1300, but the Fiestas seem to go for closer to $1500-1600 from what I found after buying mine.
Sorry to derail the thread a bit! Here’s a ‘52 ri that has nice flame too, just harder to photograph. These two, and my CS R8 are “life” guitars. I can’t imagine anything better for me at least. Was funny I had to go CS for the Gibson, whereas AVRI topped it for me with Fender.
And the R8
Would love to try vintage versions! Eldest I’ve tried was a ‘64 tele with history. Bridge pup was amazing, neck so-so, and then I found out the neck pup was replaced.
Great idea since we're in the Vintage Tele section here...
Older thread, but what a nice guitar!
How is it wired? Is it still:
1. Bridge pickup
2. Neck pickup
3. Neck pickup bassy setting?
Or modern wiring?
Just out of curiosity, did you measure the dc resistance of the pickups?
modern wiring, have yet to test resistance, other than to play it a lot!
the two pups are very similar in output - and not especially high, but plenty.
they sound amazing, all three settings equally superb.
I will get around to getting someone to test them sooner or later.
If you come across a multimeter, you can just plug a cable into the guitar and measure at the jack plug.
The OP asked for photos, I provided...
Doesn't sound too tall an order, does it! I will, I will!