NuGD - Nice Treasure Find

jklemm18

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I recently had a cervical fusion surgery and have been housebound for the last two weeks. I can finally get out of the house and my wife was kind enough to take me to my local guitar shop for a field trip. I was killing time in the amp room where they usually have a bunch of guitars kind of tucked away that aren't on the man floor. I spotted a good looking black tele with a Duncan Designed HB in the neck position. I am always looking for a good find so I pulled it down and there was no indication of the series on the head stock. I flipped it over and it said craft in India. Not being an expert, I am not familiar with any Squier Teles crafted India so I ran the serial number and it came back that it was a Vintage Modified from 2007. I was really surprised because this was in better shape than many new floor model guitars I have seen other than some dust and finger prints. A little further googling led me to a listing on Reverb for over twice what the shop had it tagged at. Well figured for less than two bills I could take her home and worst case return it if I find any issues. Well ive been searching more and more for info on this model and have found that they were a good model for the time and the Duncan Designed pickups are based on the Jazz Humbucker and stacked single coil. Well if you read this far, you figured I am keeping it, it plays well above its pedigree and honestly when I find a diamond in the rough like this it makes me question the money I have tied up into my 70th anniversary Esquire. So anyone with any more info on this SH Vintage Modified model would be welcome to chime in, The only upgrade I want to make for sure is the tuners so if you know of a drop in set that would be great.
 

68Telebass

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Sweet!!!!

The early “Vintage Modified” Squier models had some great ideas! It was sort of like the “Paranormal” (Should have…) or the “Pawnshop” (could have…) series recently. That HB in neck sounds like a great find!

Some of those are going up in value- they aren’t making any more of em.
 

ricardo1912

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The vintage modified series were really good guitars. I had a couple of the custom ii teles and they were v well made with great necks and pickups. Wish I'd kept them
 

jklemm18

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The neck is what really sold me. It is billed as a c shape but honestly it is chunky like my anniversary Esquire. Definitely thicker than the CV tele necks. Also I a sucker for gloss. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite but I love a well done gloss neck.
 

jklemm18

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Thanks for the kind words Dana. On the bright side, I am getting a lot of playing time in and can say that it is good rest as I heal.
on another note, does anyone know of a set of drop in tuners for these. I would like to do a swap but would rather not have to drill or ream. Thanks
 

JDRNoPro

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Congrats on your great "find" and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
 

jklemm18

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Congrats on your great "find" and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Thanks JD. Really enjoying it and I dot know how they get away with these necks on such a "budget" guitar! I thought initially that I would for sure need to do the tuners but in a weeks she hasn't moved a cent. I am also going to take my time with the pickups. The duncan designed actually sound pretty good. I may do a wiring harness upgrade from Gunstreet or 920d custom if anyone has any experience with them that would be helpful as well as I want to do the same in my CV Jazzmaster. Thanks in advance.
 




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