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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by terminalvertigo, Apr 21, 2020.
Dang right that’s cool 60’s folk art
Great acquisition! Wet sanding will get you the results you desire. Be careful once you get to the original paint so you don’t burn thru.
Thanks everyone for the kind comments and suggestions!
After sleeping on it guys! I totally agree. I am going to leave it be, there are plenty of white teles out there, and if something went wrong, it becomes a refin tele really fast, and since there providence is there..
So, update. Took the neck off.
More proof she is original oly white:
It's actually earlier than that, by a bit
It's a 66!
Story keeps getting cooler.
Get back in touch with the seller - ya gotta find & post some of their recordings
You're a better man than I, terminalvertigo.
I sort of suspected that. The decal, the tuners, the wiring...
1966 was a good year for Telecasters, at least in my opinion. Mine is 6FEB66B, Oly White/rosewood. The luthier told me mine was ash, but I refused to believe him because of the received wisdom that they used alder for solid colors.
Ah, my birth year tele, down nearly to the month!
Congrats! that's a really cool piece of American music history right there!
Holy Moly what a decoration job!
And I’d go for a lovely refin. Don’t dig the freaky paint at all
I love it. I would leave the crazy paint as it is. As you said, white Tele's are a dime a dozen. I would go on a hunt for more old photos and recordings of the band. Great score.
Oh well this is something ! .. beautifully something ! Enjoy !
My brother and I bought a 1959 Stratocaster in 1987 that the original owner had spray paint refinished in candy apple red over the original sunburst.
For spray paint he actually did a really good job--but we saw the sunburst in the neck pocket and embarked on a summer (yes an entire summer) of methodically removing the CAR with rubbing compound, breathing that crap, and risked getting cancer in the process (I did get leukaemia two years ago and have often wondered...).
When we got all of the CAR off we learned that unfortunately the original owner had started to sand down the guitar and presumably gave up and proceeded to the refin. Much of the front of the guitar's original paint was gone.
Lesson: Sometimes it's good to leave things be.
You might take that psychedelic finish off and find something like we did (or better put, didn't find) with our strat. But if you don't, you will always be able to sell the intrigue of saying the original finish is still there under the crazy colors. Someone will always be willing to pay for that.
I'd give my eye teeth for that guitar, esp as it's one month earlier made than I was born and represents so perfectly my favorite years of music ever, 1966-68.
First thing I did was click the Reverb link for pics.
The listing is still active and I had the same thought as you!
Something’s not adding up.
I hope the OP can clear up the mystery.
Exactly. Everything I’ve bought off of Reverb shows as a sold item. Something is wonky here.
It’s boomer gold!
Absolutely. I love it! I would clean the neck pickup though.
He's a new to the buying and selling game in general, hence him shipping me a guitar sans box.
I bought it not on reverb, but via email and paid via paypal (some people are easy to find ) so he probably doesn't realize he needs to close off his ad.
Thanks for the reminder to email him.
What a story, thanks for writing that up! Although I am quite into player guitars with history showing on them, I just couldn't leave that "paint job" be
Welcome to forum...what a triumphant ingress! I am very sorry for your father.
My personal opinion: let this wonderful Tele AS IS. The plus value is its story. Ask to seller more documentation about his story, maybe a brief declaration handwrite: this surely will be useful in the future as a documentation of Canadian music history; this probably will increase the value (maybe locally only, not on Italy, for example...)
More: the attempt to restore her to her previous condition could be worst than the actual state. If you can't remove the present paint withot damage of pristine paint, at the final you would anyway remain with a refin Telecaster....
So please (only my personal opinion, I repeat) let it as is....
Edit: about microphonic bridge pickup. Do not rewound!!!! Try to put a little piece of foam rubber in the body hole, between body and bottom of pickup! For me it did work!
Cool guitar and story.
No need to rewind that pickup at all.
Simply wax pot it to kill the micro phonics. I had a '67 with the same problem and that procedure cured mine just fine. I did it myself.
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For me, there would be 2 choices...strip it, or start a Strawberry Alarm Clock tribute band.
If it's poly, which it could be...there are water-based strippers that probably wouldn't hurt the original finish.
Experiments could be done in the pickup cavities.
I'm guessing you'll get tired of looking at that paint job.