NGD: Telecaster 1975

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by asquinet, Oct 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM.

  1. asquinet

    asquinet TDPRI Member

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    Hello everybody!
    After returning the 1971 Bigsby (thank you TDPRI!!!) https://www.tdpri.com/threads/hello-ngd-1971-telecaster-bigsby-tell-me-please.978429/, I met another wonderful Tele. It is a 1975 model, serial #635710, bought in 1976 in Torino, remained all its life in the hands of first owner until yesterday, when landed in my own hands....
    Here you have some pictures: you can enjoy it, and/or give your opinion in case you see some of strange/different/uncorrect. Even for reference.

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    The placque with serial number (falling in 1975)

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    Shape of neck pocket, tipically of post-1970

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    The former color under the pickguard, no routing on the body

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  2. asquinet

    asquinet TDPRI Member

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    Green stamp, difficult to read (1303 4??2)

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    Bridge with pickup (staggered poles)
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    Under the bridge (I didn't have the courage to open the back cover of pickup to see the date)
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    Neck pickup

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    Wiring
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  3. asquinet

    asquinet TDPRI Member

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    Pots 1 megaohm (volume dated 1974, tone dated 1975, but soldering seems original and untouched)
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    Finally nut and neck. The frets are used, not abused.
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    About the sound: true Telecaster sound! In the next days I'll post a clip.

    That's all, thanks for your patience in following me until here.
    Have a good sunday!

    Claudio
     
  4. Blue Bill

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    Wow, that's a beauty, I love that color. It looks very minty, nice score. Looks like there's the shadow of someone's name on the front of the body. Also it looks like someone sanded and re-varnished the fretboard at some point.
     
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  5. 2 Headed Goat

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    Congrats Claudio - Nice Score! That neck looks comfy.

    Enjoy!
     
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  6. asquinet

    asquinet TDPRI Member

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    Thank you Bill. Yes, there is the shadow of former owner's name, "Maurilio", made with adhesive letters... About re-varnishing of fretboard, I have not any info from seller about it. Tomorrow with daylight and a magnifier I'll see better.
     
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    asquinet TDPRI Member

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    Absolutely!! Thank you!!
     
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    Choice!
     
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  9. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Nice!
    From the year of my high school graduation!
    It’s aged far more gracefully than I have.
     
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  10. rob2

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    Looks 100% and very nice....perfect in fact......you're right to leave the bridge pickup alone!
    From what I can see the fingerboard finish is probably original...they tend to stay very white unlike the headstock which had a spray of nitro over the decal and darken to deep orange on well used guitars.Yours seems to have plenty of poly build up around the top frets and the characteristic cracking and chipping on the edge,esp the treble,which shows an original poly finish.
    However the last photo suggests a bit of work in places,possibly a partial refret....many techs back in day(and some still)are not aware that 50s to early 80's Fenders need the frets slid out sideways..they were not hammered in.This usually causes damage to the maple and the finish and some techs did so much damage they then had to refinish the board. The better ones removed just the build up and then levelled the finish before refretting which is usually the approach today even after proper removal.
    Looking at your final photo the top two frets still have the finish build up,look to be snug to the radius and the edges,the bottom two seem a little shorter,less radiused and the finish has been scraped away from them...
     
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  11. RodeoTex

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    Very nice photo documentation. Love that '70s upper bout.
     
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    Wow! That's in incredible shape! I also have a 1975 Tele that I bought brand new when I was 18 years old. It doesn't look as pristine as yours though.

    Congrats!
     
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    Looks fantastic. The fretboard is almost definitely re-finished, but who cares! Hope it plays as good as it looks!
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    That thing looks great!
     
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    Thank you everybody for your appreciation!!!!
    Regarding refretting or not, as promised I had shot some pictures in daylight.
    I have not any reference for maple fretboard other than a Telecaster Baja.
    (There is in these days a topic right on this argument, it has increased my confusion.....https://www.tdpri.com/threads/how-to-spot-refretted-vintage-telecasters.981434/)
    Without any polemical intent, just to learn!
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    And now there are shots of Telecaster Baja, as far as I know never refretted.....but made 35 years after.....
    so could be different ways of production...who knows???

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    Wow very nice, me jealous:twisted:
     
  18. teletimetx

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    Very wonderful guitar! Congrats! Looks like Maurilio did a great job of taking care of that guitar. Now it's your turn. Thanks for all the photos.
     
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    Nice Tele. Good luck. Definitely has that gooped on poly on the fingerboard that was sooo prevalent in the 70's. I had a nice 70's Strat one time that had that. It got very sticky up high on the neck.
     
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    ...your new shots show no signs of a refret....the gloss Mex necks are shot with a different mix to the 70's necks...urethane,slightly softer and they are somehow avoiding the poly ski ramps so often seen on '70's guitars!..the majority of poor modern refrets I've seen have been shot with a very thin coat of nitro and not buffed out.Apart from one horror show which had been brush painted with Ronseal.You could smell it....
     
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