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Picked up on an educated guess, advice? 67 Tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Robmac, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Robmac

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    Hoping for some help and advice.
    I picked this out of a pile at a 2nd hand sale, for $30, on an educated guess.
    Once I got home, I dug in for a closer look.
    I believe it to be mostly a 67 Telecaster, but it has sure been through the ringer. Life has been rough to it.
    If you all could help to confirm it really is a 67, it would be really appreciated.
    I am wondering what to do with it, and could use some advice on this.
    (The pictures will explain it's condition)
    Thanks very much, any help would be great!
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    Did you take the neck off what makes you think it’s a 67

    If not take it off look for a date

    Can we see the back of the headstock
     
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    What does the stamp on the neck and in the neck pocket read?

    I'm digging the shape, really cool.
     
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    Poor thing got put on a drastic diet!
     
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    I’m guessing some sort of partscaster, it’s missing the neck plate so who knows what if any is original

    If there’s anything to do put the right dots back in the neck and trash the body keeping the plates and bridge pickup

    Edit: maybe the body did come with it, who knows

    The body could be restored just depends how much you want to put into it
     
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    From what I can tell, it has been refinished 3x, had a refret, including a bit of sanding of the fretboard and new dots, and had the heck belt sanded out of the body.
    It also had pickup replacements. IMG_20210216_081607585.jpg IMG_20210216_081620841.jpg IMG_20210216_081632970.jpg IMG_20210216_082523968.jpg IMG_20210216_082625025.jpg
     
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    Aye carumba it did!
    I found a few scraps of crumpled paper in the pickup cavity...High Times circa 1977.
    Might explain it, lol
     
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    I did take it apart, will post some pics.
     
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    It looks like it is one guitar, that's been thru the ringer.
    Any sage advice is a big help.
    I think the neck, body, bridge and control panel are original.
    The pickups have both been replaced, and the orig neck plate is gone. The tuners have been replaced as well. IMG_20210216_082652487.jpg IMG_20210216_083514117.jpg IMG_20210216_084139141.jpg IMG_20210216_084148222.jpg IMG_20210216_084157649.jpg
     
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    I am thinking about restoring the body to the orig shape. A bear of a job for sure.
    What do the sages here think I should do with this ole guit?
     
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    Yikes!

    Could be them bones!
     
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    I’ve replaced sections of butchered up vintage bodies but I’d leave that, just so little would be left.
    Buy a Warmoth body and hang the original up in the guest room.
     
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    That is one question I have, is the body just too gone?
    I think restoring it will mean picking a point on upper and lower side and removing those sections and grafting on new wood to shape it
     
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    Think there will be too much of the orig body gone to matter?
     
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    Thank you all, for your help.
    Really appreciated!
    If any other pictures are needed let me know and I will post em.
     
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    It's such a shame about the body, it looks like some heavy handed belt sander work...just to make it skinny n fugly.
    That is what makes it hard to decide what to do.
     
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    Stanford, just get a beltsander and some whisky, lol!
    Or, got a body to trade for this here fine, skinny tele body?:D
     
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    I think it's maybe a 67 neck. Tuners obviously not. Bridge and pickup. I don't think that body is Fender. Looks like someone had a neck and bridge, control plate.
     
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    The face of the headstock and fretboard were lightly (well, headstock lightly) sanded, but the rest of the neck looks like orig finish.
    Thoughts? IMG_20210216_084251974.jpg IMG_20210216_084256139.jpg IMG_20210216_084139141.jpg
     
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    If you look close the body has small dowels in it like the older bodies

    Could it be an older fender body?
     
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