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Show me your '59's

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Telecentric, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Telecentric

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    I am contemplating a 'birth year' tribute build, and could use some inspiration. Tell me what makes your 59 unique. What are my finish and neck options? I have seen many rosewood board 59's, but maple was an option as well? This build will be a personal thing, and never to be sold. I would like to make it as authentic as possible, within reason of course. So please post pics, specs, whatever you have.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Boy, do I love these photo threads. I don't have a '59, unfortunately, but thanks for starting this. I've subscribed.
     
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    20161029_221325.jpg My 1959 Custom Telecaster, note the thick curved slab of rosewood on the north side of the headstock, hence the term " slab board "....also, being a 59' you see it's more of a blended burst, more oxblood than red, and the sides of the guitar are oxblood and NOT black. It weighs 6.10lbs, and has been my #1 for going on 25 years....


    RJ

    ps, you can see the painting of Sir Doug Sahm( by Lamar Sorrento ), the patron Saint of Custom Telecasters!!
     
  5. Mr.Ike

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    Here’s my 59’
     

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    Awesome, keep 'em coming. Saw another thread on a 59 Esquire. It had a maple board. How common were those in 59? Also, anyone know the differences between a 59 custom, and the highly lauded '62's?
     
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    Not a vintage '59, but here is my FSR '59 Thin-Skin of which Fender made 22 total.

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  8. BobbyMac

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    A real '59 or a '59 replica should have a top hat switch tip, flat top knobs, phillips head screws, and a serial number on the neck plate to be period correct.
     
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    You really can't go wrong with maple or rosewood.
     

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    That is a beautiful tele. This sunburst is absolutely gorgeous
     
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  11. BobbyMac

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    1959 was the first year for the double-bound Custom Telecaster and Custom Esquire.

    The first ones had rosewood fretboards with a skunk stripe and headstock plug.

    Early versions had five-hole 3-ply pickguards, that were quickly upgraded to 8-hole units.

    The earliest Customs had the typical Telecaster or Esquire silver spaghetti decals on the headstock, which were quickly replaced with the unique gold spaghetti logo with the Custom Telecaster or Custom Esquire designation.

    Nothing unique about the '62 versions, except that Fender chose to go with the '62 designation when they first re-introduced the Custom models to the modern Fender line when vintage reissues first came about.
     
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    Lovely that was basically my inspiration
     
  13. pcasarona

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    Interesting. Don't doubt that you are correct, but this is how the guitar came from Fender. I wonder if '59 was a transition year for some of these components. I am not an expert on originality of the early guitars because I could never afford one. Just know that this was one of 22 made by Fender for Wildwood Guitars.
     
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    On Telecasters and Esquires, the switch from slot head screws to phillips head screws was complete by the end of 1953. During that year, some guitars came with some of each.

    After late 1954, the serial number was relocated from the bridge plate to the neck plate.

    During 1956, the switch tip was changed from the barrel style to the top hot.

    The switch from dome top knobs to flat tops was complete by 1957.
     
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    Here's mine. Custom Shop. Got it a few months ago. Huge '54 "U" neck. Josephina hand wound twisted tele pickups. Inca Silver
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    Not to ignite the endless debate.

    1959 was the year they did the top load bridges. People seem to forget that, but I think to be authentic that’s what you need to do. It’s what makes that year unique. The color options changed a lot that year as well, so I’d look into that if you want to be as authentic as possible.

    one thing to remember though is everything was handmade in those days and it’s before they were doing production lines, so there can be a decent amount of variation from one example to another.

    There’s a vintage ‘59 in this video. They talk about a little.

     
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    Still waiting for the first Les Paul...
     
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    This was in the thread mentioned by OP, but here it is again. My all original ‘59 Esquire...key features:
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    - slim neck “like an old ladies wrist” (Jim Campilongo)
    - fairly lightweight 6lbs 7oz
    - best guitar in the world :D
     
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    My only ‘59 is the one to the left in my avatar. It doesn’t play that well and it’s condition is notably deteriorating... I can’t recommend it...
     
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