The lone letter "D" that appears on those early telecaster style Fender guitars.

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by tonyj, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm just commenting so I get further notifications of this discussion....

    My guess? Probably some kind of matchuup thing - but it's not D to D... or quality control... but those without it seem to be fine instruments....
     
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    I still want to know if any P-Basses from that time also have the stamp. Or, was it just limited to Telecasters. What about Esquires? Anyone know?
     
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    Maybe it was the best key to play them in?
     
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    Got any pics of his signature?
     
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    Here it is.

    If I look closely it looks like there might be a D in top left or right side or my eyes are fooling me.

    Maybe the D means “Done” as in Tadeo or whoever has made the final checks and has signed off of it.
     

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  6. Skamania

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    No, looking at the pic on page one and the size of the D stamp I would say there is no D stamped on my neck shown above.
     
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  7. tonyj

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    I agree Skamania.

    All the D's that I have seen, including those on photographs, generally appear to have been stamped with some degree of enthusiasm. They have been lustily applied, suggesting that they are meaningful, and perhaps mean something of a positive nature. What that 'D' denotes is significant in some way, but somehow it is just evading us.

    On a positive note however, those early guitars built in the 'D' period, but lacking the 'D' stamp, do not seem to be lacking in any other way.

    Could it be related to the eventual stringing of the guitar before being shipped? Obviously we would not being seeing too many of those guitars with their original strings, after 67 or so years of useage. But then you never know. The odd one may have been put in the attic and forgotten about, but too few to make an educated attempt at any off the wall theory.

    No early 'Keefs' around, perhaps ordering alternative tuning?.

    Well, I did at least try.
     
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