Original 51 NoCaster advice wanted

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Twisted Kerle, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. dogmeat

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    ya... you should hear it in person. sounds great, the clips don't do justice. I've seen it, played it. I'm playing behind Dan G in some of those sound clips above (The Loft, Anch). it has been re-finished. when I first saw it, the elix were wonky but appear to be fixed. haven't see ya around in a while Mr. Twisted...
     
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    Amazing thread, TK! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

    jb
     
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    I love this story.
     
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    What a great thread, glad to se this old war horse back in the game and doing what it was made for.
     
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    That thing looks & sounds great! Love this thread.

    Someone from Emerald City had been messaging me regarding a guitar I had for sale. I was flattered actually.
     
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    The bridge pickup in your Nocaster is tops in my book.
     
  7. Twisted Kerle

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    It does sound better live. You could hear the difference in studio. The 54 came the closest, but it is heavier.
    I'm still trying to get some real good recordings.
    Yup, did a little work on it, but nothing additional has been replaced.
    On my FB page I might even have a video of you playing it, I'll check... .
    We were back up in Alaska last summer but didn't make it out much. We were at an open mic that 'the German' (nic-name) had & a couple house parties. Hoping to head out more this summer, so keep in touch!
     
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    ya..... German Mike.... he's now hosting the Loft. Dan G switched up..... now plays a Tele. ha ha
     
  9. Twisted Kerle

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    Yeah, it's a beautiful guitar. I can't wait to hear it live.
    I double checked the videos & I don't have one of when you played it.
    We will have to fix that...
     
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    ya.... that would have been the Gas Light maybe? it was not "fixed" at the time
     
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    Yup, the Gaslight (I believe). We tried filming, but it was so loud that it totally overpowered our little mic. Sounded horrible.
    We can try again...
     
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    RL Heyer just posted the videos he had done with the Nocaster on YouTube.
    I'm still trying for something better for everyone here.

    "Watch Seattle's supergroup perform Flannel Shirt, Question, and Through Your Eyes while RL plays the 1951 Fender Nocaster known as GRANDPA'S NOCASTER. RL Heyer - guitar/vocals Kathy Moore - guitar/vocals Jacques Willis - vibraphone Norman Baker - bass/vocals Scott Goodwin - drums/vocals."

     
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    Wow! I've just come across this thread and read every single word on all 21 pages - I've thoroughly enjoyed reading that - thanks for sharing.

    What an introduction to TDPRI!
     
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    Wow! I've just come across this thread and read none of it - Thanks for sharing. It looks awesome but I will read it soon. BUT, I have a question and this is the audience for it. I have a Nocaster RI relic. In fact, it was reliced more by a famous local/national. I have no proof, just a story. Anyway these guys etched out Fender marks on the back of the head stock, there's no neck pickup, yadda yadda, but it is a Nocaster, verified. I have it as an Esquire. The bridge PU is awesome, 3d sweet and mean. I tried a Danocaster Tele that was a one off. It had an arcane gold foil style humbucker sized neck pickup that has a nasty, slutty grit ring and glow, I have not heard in any pickup on its own.So , since my NOKI is already altered with no COA, WHY NOT? Route the neck cavity for it. Really, what have I got to loose? It can't affect its value anyless. And if I was selling it, there's no value to loose and the guitar would make any player intrigued.
     
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    Haven't read thread yet, but wanted to answer these.Even if after the fact

    Others than the visable serial number, is there a way to check originality without taking it apart? I think removal is where you might see documentation.

    How paranoid should I be about parts being taken? Unless it is a guy like Earlwhine, I wouldn't let it leave my sight. 1 small part could be 20% 0f the value.

    I know even popping the original solder off a pickup decreases value. Should I demand to be present? Or just let the expert do his job.

    When I looked up ways to tell if it was a original nocaster, (after taking it apart) there was a huge list, can someone give me a reader digest version? Or any key ones I need to ask doc about?
    Are there any initials of people who worked on it I should watch for?

    And any other advice you wish to toss my way. <<<<Be patient, there's no gun to your head. The ones who want it?> They will pester you cause they lost the last one.

    How'd I do?
     
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    I think you mean Erlewine
     
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    What are those?
     
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    Custom shop emblem
     
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    This is a short (but good) clip of RL Heyer jamming on Grandpa's Nocaster at Lagunitas in Seattle. What started as a meet & greet ended up with him using the guitar for quite a few songs, lol. I didn't even have to try very hard to talk him into it.
    The guitar sounded great in that huge room over the PA system & RL did some great improv playing! He would loop the acoustics & then grab the Nocaster for some "soloing". A good time was had by all... Till he accidentally unplugs it from the pedals, lol!
    Enjoy & thanks for listening

    * Did you notice he was playing it with the ashtray on? Wow, right? lol! *

     
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    I think it’s so great you let folks play this part of your family’s history. Thank you for sharing your grandpa’s guitar and spreading his love of music further than most would think to do.
     
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