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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Telecentric, Feb 14, 2020.
Wow! Just wow!
I tried to skim and didn’t see if anyone answered you , maple boards were only used to middle/first 3/4? of 1959 and would not appear again as a custom order option till 1965 or so, the earliest maple cap neck I have seen was very late 64 , they didn’t really have a lot of custom ordered maple boards till 67/68
Here’s my jimmy page model based off of an early slab board 59
I personally love the single ply guard
And if it wasn’t mentioned, threaded steel saddles
I always wished that the regular non custom shop custom telecasters would get the paint on the sides right
That is one beautiful tele by the way
And a butterfly string tree, not the round one.
This one is for sale on my local Craigslist, top loader. Looks like it was originally Surf Green? Not cheap!
Because specs were changing in '59 you have some flexibility in your build.
But because the slab board was a new arrival in '59, I'd choose that as a '59 feature since the maple board '59 was not '59 specific.
I had a chance to buy a '59 and a '57 in circa 1992, both lost original finishes but original parts otherwise, the '59 was a slab but had well worn frets while the '57 had a fresh refret but cracks in the body. $1400 each.
The shop offered to swap necks and sell me the '57 maple board neck on the '59 body for the $1400.
Birth year isn't an interest for me but that era was cool, aside from the short lived toploader I'm not fond of.
I have a late '50s string through Esquire body and a great '64 Tele neck that were paired for a while as an Esquire, but now that body is stored for the time being.
Build what you like!