Put a date to a Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by TRogers2281, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. TRogers2281

    TRogers2281 Tele-Meister

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    So, I came across a Tele today, appears to be Lake Placid Blue, said "Circa 1960"

    But I was wondering when Fender slapping the Gold "Spaghetti" decals on Teles, because I've never seen a Tele with a Rosewood (60's) neck but a Gold Decal... Any inormation would be awesome!
     

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    TRogers2281 Tele-Meister

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    Oh! And I'm wondering if there was a Six Saddle "ashtray" bridge available back then, or if it was a modification.

    It has a Tophat switch, and it's got a D-G String Tree, in addition to a B-E one.

    And the magnets in the Pickup aren't staggered, and it's wrapped in black.
     
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    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    The gold decals were used from early 1966 until the fall of 1967, when the black "CBS" logo appeared.

    The rosewood fingerboard was introduced in mid 1959 and it was a "slab board" (flat on its base) until July 1962 when a curved "veneer board" replaced it.

    The 6 saddle "hammer" bridge (not one of Fender's better ideas) was introduced in the mid 1970s but was sold by Fender dealers as an aftermarket upgrade.

    The top hat switch tip is correct from 1956 onwards.

    The second string retainer was added by Fender in 1972. From the position of the G-D retainer on your photo I'd say someone added it.

    The pickup is a puzzle. Staggered poles were introduced in 1955 and continued throughout Tele production until flat ones were used again on the first '52 Vintage Reissues in 1981.
     
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    No, not a transition logo, a 50's style "Spaghetti" logo, but with a rosewood board
     
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    The 50's style (used up to early 1966) "spaghetti" logo was silver, not gold.
     
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    Partscaster made up of vintage parts maybe?
     
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