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NGD, back in the Tele game!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by itskohler, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. itskohler

    itskohler TDPRI Member

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    • 2004 Sage Green Telecaster
    • Lindy Fralin Blues Specials
    • 4 way switch wired for bridge - series- parallel - neck
    • Gotoh bridge and compensated saddles
    • Custom string tree, done by yours truly

    Needs a refretting but I can live with it for now.

    TLDR: Here's my long sought after Sage Green Telecaster!

    Long version: A long time ago in a small Texas town I was browsing a sleepy old guitar shop. Buried towards the back past the Gibson and Fender stands there was a Sage Green Telecaster that caught my eye. Up until then I had only played over humbuckers and immediately fell in love with the twangy slap sound of the bridge pickup. I wasn't even old enough to drive yet, but had to have it. The shop owner must have seen how I lit up when I played it (or maybe it was just how long I sat there making noise and was tired of hearing it, who knows) and called me over to talk about buying it. A short conversation later he said he'd let me do a layaway type of deal on it, which he didn't usually do. After months of mowing my neighbors yards I was able to go pick it up. I had just previously gotten my license a month or so before and felt like I was on cloud nine driving home.
    Slide the timeline forward five years and I was shipping off to basic training, leaving my possessions of my roommates. After I got home a few months later I had learned they sold all of my stuff while I was gone assuming I was never coming back. I've been craving this guitar ever since, almost as much as the day I signed layaway papers. Every few years or so I'd try to track one down but with no success – these are apparently stupid hard to find.
    Now to just a few weeks ago. I got the itch to play again, something I blame on the miss and her desire to learn how to play the violin. I started doing some digging to find what the color name was; surf green, seafoam all yielded the wrong colors. Finally after just browsing a telecaster forum I learned it was called Sage Green and the search was firing on all cylinders. This one popped up on ebay with a set of SD pickups and offered the seller less than what they were asking for it if they could take the Duncans out. To my surprise they agreed and shipped it out the next day. After missing my estimated delivery date by nearly 2 weeks it showed up at my door with a box from Lindy Fralin. I ripped it apart, cleaning and shielding the cavities, then spent a few hours soldering the new electronics all together. I am ecstatic!

    Ignore the scratches on the door. Puppies, joy.

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  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice! I really like the color. Congratulations.
     
  3. NEPATelecaster

    NEPATelecaster Tele-Afflicted

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    Ive liked that color. Glad you were able to find one!
     
  4. Coloradotwanger

    Coloradotwanger Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I like it a lot.I have always had a thing for sage green.But never owned one yet.
     
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  5. IMadeYouReadThis

    IMadeYouReadThis Tele-Meister

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    It's worth repeating how great that color is. I'm starting to get fed up with the number of butterscotch teles in the world.
     
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  6. Hibernian

    Hibernian TDPRI Member

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    I love stories like this - a regular person has a love for guitar and it stays with him or her for years, and later in life there is resolution. Guitar playing is a lifetime joy, full of challenges, doubts, and strange affinities for things that make little sense to those not 'afflicted'. People finding 'their' instrument, taking up guitar late in life, enjoying the buzz of owning, wanting a guitar that makes sense just to them, playing and hearing that sound. It's life. And that's one lovely tele. Congrats.
     
  7. itskohler

    itskohler TDPRI Member

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    I absolutely love this color.
    It was a struggle to say the least. The first prospect was from FB marketplace and the seller wouldn't budge. Priced in sentimental value I don't like paying for someone else's emotional attachment.
    Start the hunt for one!
     
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  8. Ezee

    Ezee TDPRI Member

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    Hmmm. First photo looks like "Blue Agave" that's aged. Just not sure Sage Green has that blue undercoat, even as it ages. Still and excellent grab! Congrats!
     
  9. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Great story! Nice find! What’s that about scratches on a door? ;)
     
  10. itskohler

    itskohler TDPRI Member

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    It's incredibly hard to to grt a good picture of it unfortunately. It surely looks more blue than green.
    The Australian Sheppard claims it wasn't him.
     
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  11. 68tele

    68tele Friend of Leo's

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    Sagetastic!
     
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  12. ndcaster

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    It's a beaut!
     
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  13. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Looks nice, congrats.
     
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  14. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Gorgeous! Congratulations...
     
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  15. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great colour, congratulations!
     
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  16. playforfun

    playforfun Tele-Holic

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    Beautiful I really like that string tree !!
     
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  17. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Groovy!
     
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  18. itskohler

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    I got the idea from this forum. Decided to use a different caliber out of a bag of brass I have for reloading. It could be better, but I'm mostly happy with it.
     
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  19. Hey_you

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    I had to take a close look at that string tree. Cool idea! Nice guitar. How does it play? Feel good to you?
     
  20. 50hz

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    Happy NGD, play it in good health.
     
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