Retireing "Old Faithful"..............In with the new!

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  1. J. Hayes

    J. Hayes Friend of Leo's

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    Well I guess I'll have to put "old faithful" out to pasture after a 37 or 38 year run.... Awhile back I got a '52 reissue Tele (the Mexican version) and shipped it to Nashville to Forrest Lee Jr. to have one of his benders installed in it. While there he also installed a phase switch and new pickups if I remember right. It's since then mostly sat in a guitar stand next to my recliner and a small amp. I was using my top loader Tele since late '82 as my main guitar. I had to put it in the shop to replace a switch so I took the Forrest guitar to the gig. I was amazed at the difference in tone and playability of my old Tele opposed to the "new" one. This thing really had what's known as "tone to the bone" and the bender(s) worked flawlessly. I'll be taking the Keith/Scruggs banjo tuners off of the old one and installing them on the new one as it's going to become my main guitar. Here's a couple of shots of the old Tele and some of the new one...........JH in Va. 100_2180.JPG 100_2182.JPG 100_2180.JPG 100_2182.JPG 100_2180.JPG 100_2182.JPG 100_2360.JPG 100_2363.JPG 100_2182.JPG 100_2360.JPG 100_2363.JPG
     
  2. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    Whats gonna happen to the old one?
     
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    Hey ... nothing lasts forever ...


    It was a good run, though ..
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    That's not a guitar, it's a science experiment!
     
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    Cool!
    Nice hearing from you!
     
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    Make it stop! Gaaa! The poor headstock! The new Tele is screaming “NNNOOOOOOO!!!!!”
     
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    I love it. You ever listen to the Sadies?
     
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    Wow, that is one “storied” instrument I’m sure! Rainy load outs, countless venues, packed dance floors, good gigs, bad gigs, spilled beers, laughter and tears.... and it was there for all of it..what a work horse.
     
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    But it has a nudie sticker!

    I love the look of your old guitar, but I bet that new one sounds sweet.
     
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    Your "old" Tele looks amazing. Too bad it's time for it to be retired.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I screwed up with this post entering the pix numerous times. I didn't mean to load anything except one shot each of the guitar(s)........... Can anyone tell me how to rid this post of the copies or should I just let it ride..........

    I played again last night in Driver (Suffolk), Va. and had a great time with the new Tele. It has the vintage reissue pickups by Fender and they really sound great in this guitar. We're playing at Arthur's General Store on the weekends on the front porch which is a really nice rustic venue. I'm glad to still be out in the trenches after turning 80 years old in January. I can't play standing up anymore mostly due to Parkinson's Disease but my fingers still work pretty good and I have a barstool with a back so I'm greatful. I'm probably the oldest guy on this Forum by now...JH in Va.
     
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    You’re an inspiration, sir!
     
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    Jerry, so good to know theres hope. Keep moving up my friend. Does the new bender have a bottle opener on it?
     
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    I would suggest going into EDIT on the original post and deleting all the pix. Then just upload the ones you want.

    Great to hear you are still playing! I am 65 and you look like a YOUNGER version of me!
     
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    Awesome “Garth” avatar!
     
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    Man, a Jerry 'King of Garden Grove' Hayes thread! I will read it many times... thanks for sharing sir!
     
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    My simple brain can’t wrap itself around all your switches and levers (I even blocked the tremolo on my Strat!) but both of those instruments are really, really :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    I know where Arthur’s is....I will have to make a point to see and hear that tele in person!!
     
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    That is a beast and a half!! What a crazy, crazy guitar. Love that it's served you all those years... it's certainly put in the time for a sit down (and a solid pension!!). Enjoy the new axe and keep bending man!
     
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    I would love to hear the kind of mischief you can get up to with B and G benders, E and A banjo tuners and a drop tuner on the low E.

    You seem like a guy who might know some pedal steel moves.

    Your new guitar is a looker, but man, your old one is a CHARACTER. Keep ‘em both!
     
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