Real or not?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Tesacque, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Tesacque

    Tesacque TDPRI Member

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    hi guys,

    I came across this guitar that was for sell for a very good price (around 400€). I got cold feet thinking it was not a us telecaster but still do not know and it is haunting me. Here are the pics.....

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    Thanks for your help!
    It was labeled as a 1995 telecaster standard.
     
  2. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    not
     
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  3. Chief101

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    A poorly executed knockoff. Didn’t even try to get the decals right. Don’t waste your time.
     
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  5. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Looks more like a Squier standard with that finish, decals wrong and no walnut truss rod insert.
     
  6. ClashCityTele

    ClashCityTele Tele-Afflicted

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    The decal on the back 'original contour body' is from a Strat.
    Cheap tuners.
    Avoid.
     
  7. Tesacque

    Tesacque TDPRI Member

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    Thanks guys,
    This is what I thought! A squier turned into a us fender! Well, I guess I will have to wait a bit more before getting a US telecaster. At least, I can sleep now.

    I already have a telecaster fmt hh but would love a classic one.

    Thanks again for the heads up.
     
  8. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    About as real as a $13 bill...

    Your cold feet did not lead you astray.
     
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    I was gonna say, I had that squier once. Great guitar for 100.00 US.


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    The serial number would be on the front too.
     
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    vanr Tele-Afflicted

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    Squier Standard Tele
     
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    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    The "Contour body" decal is the key

    Fake
     
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    Do standards ever have 22 frets?
     
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    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    The string ferrules on the back don't line up, either.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Preacher Friend of Leo's

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    [​IMG]

    I see this question getting asked a lot on this forum, "is this legit?"

    See above an American Pro Tele.
    So to be able to spot a rebranded Squier...

    1) walnut plug at the truss rod. This is one of the most obvious items with a USA made Tele. Now I am sure there are some US Teles that don't have the walnut plug, but if it does have a walnut plug you are pretty safe that it is not a squier.
    2) string trees, most US Teles only use one string tree. And many times they look like the one pictured above but sometimes other bits are used. But if it has TWO string trees, be aware it might be a Squier.
    3) Decal - The Fender decal typically starts right behind the string tree. As in the case of the guitar shown earlier there is what looks like an inch between the string tree and the decal. Typical US teles are much closer. Also the "Telecaster" part of the decal starts at the notch in the head stock shape. On the mentioned picture above the "telecaster" is way toward the end of the head stock.
    4) Also note how far the first tuner is from the nut, squiers seem be a little further from the nut which I can only guess to be because of the break angle of the head stock, which may also be why they need two string trees.

    There are a number of other body issues you can check out as well. All in all it is just educating yourself on what parts to look for.
     
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    1999 USA Tele
    As you can see this one does not have the Walnut plug, but everything else matches up. This also shows the proper decal placement better than the last picture.
     
  18. Rufustelestrats

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    infamous wood chipper tele
     
  19. boris bubbanov

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    This is the second to last image, and it shows the 3 bottom bridge mount screws down at the very bottom of the plate. That's Squier or some other Import plate. The USA plate rather like this provides a fair amount of space between the bottom of the plate and those 3 screws. Plus, the USA Standards of that era have only 3 mount screws and nothing at either top corner.

    And finally, the "I see it from a mile away" marker is, the saddles are supposed to be a sintered (not a chromed) appearance and the mount screws must be offset and not dead centered like this.
     
  20. John C

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    But it did at one point have the walnut plug - you can see where it was pulled out as there is some residue in the truss rod opening.
     
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