String ferrules?

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  1. Darrenr75

    Darrenr75 TDPRI Member

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    My mate has purchased a Tele from the USA (don’t know how old it’s supposed to be but will confirm later).

    On one off the pics, the string holes through the rest of the guitar made me question if the guitar is authentic.

    Did old fenders have this issue?

    I’ll find out more about the guitar in the meantime.
     

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    Sorry for the typos!
     
  3. phil1979

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    Looks like a mid-70s. Got one of these myself (at least a body), it‘s not unusual that the string ferrules are misaligned.
     
  4. PeterUK

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    You can go back and edit a post by clicking on the three bars at the bottom left-hand corner and chose edit.

    I agree and disagree with @phil1979. Build quality was quite poor in the 70s and when Fender outsourced some
    production to Fender Japan the high standards of production coming out of Japan embarrassed the USA factory and they upped their game.

    The through string holes would/should have been jig drilled but as I mentioned above, quality control wasn't what it should be.

    I like the looks of that Tele. Your friend should enjoy it. :)

    Good morning Hampshire.
     
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    Here you go: the edit function.

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  6. Darrenr75

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    He called it his divorce Tele. He’s not divorced yet, but when his missus what he spent on it, he may be!
     
  7. Tonetele

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    The 59 Telecaster had no string through the body and were top loaders.
    Also I notice it has 21 frets, I'd put a 5 flat screw pickguard on that.
    Easier access to everything.
     
  8. blue metalflake

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    No notch body so ‘73 onwards, no neck plate gasket so later 70s at least, silly tuners unless retro fitted, so it’s in an era where those ferrules should be jig drilled.
    Be interesting to have a good look at a few more photos
     
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