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Vintage Telecaster Body Route Repair: Do it? - Don't Do it?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Luke1026, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. Antoon

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    And now you are left with just the cables? ;)
     
  2. jvin248

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    Get a trim router, make a template from boards, and clean up the hole so it's square and smoother on the bottom. Make a plug to fit but maybe just set the plug in there rather than gluing so the next owner could pull it out and have the original stash pocket if they wanted.

    That way you keep the history of the modified body but it's less of an 'ugly history'.

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  3. Luke1026

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    Or maybe just glue it down enough to prevent it from vibrating while playing?
     
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    Here is my 68 without the guard. This is such a fantastic sounding guitar. I just put a guard on it a play it.

    It sounds so great, I don't care about the hack routs. Kind of adds some character, if anything. And it looks fine with the guard (has a whitish one now).
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  5. Luke1026

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    Here's mine with the pickguard.
    68 Tele Full Outside.jpg
     
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    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    your loss. I worship at the church of tone.
     
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    Looks great! Really, my guitar sounds so good, I would be afraid to change the wood. The hack job was done a long time ago.

    The guy I bought from got it from a music store in 1990 for $900 as is. It did have the original bridge pickup at the time but that died so this guitar has a newer SD bridge and pretty old SD Quarter Pounder in the neck.
     
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    Thanks! I love the deep color tone on yours and especially how it looks with a blackguard!

    My neck p'up is a Lollar Royal T but the bridge is original and sounds really good.
     
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    So Luke, has anyone inquired about the neck pickup? I'm not seeing what I expect to see in a 'stock' guitar of that vintage? Was that 'original' or is it some kind of after-market change? That said, if it is a non-original pickup and if you're not concerned about that aspect of it, then why worry about the body route?
     
  10. Luke1026

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    As I mentioned above the neck p'up is a Lollar Royal T. The way I was looking at it was, if I don't repair the body route, why spend $500 - $1000 on a '68 neck p'up? If I do the repair and the cost isn't outrageous, then I would consider looking for one. In the end, I might decide to not change a thing - I'm just taking it one step at a time.
     
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    I would smooth out the edges and let it be.
     
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  12. Antoon

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    You could consider a Strat pickup in the neck. Or a PAF.
     
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    Does it effect the way it sounds? If not I would be tempted to leave well enough alone.
     
  14. Luke1026

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    The thing is I don't know what it sounded like before the body route, but it does sound good with it.
     
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    There's likely a qualified luthier in BC. If not, the 12th fret in TO has the means.
     
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    I get it's so hard not to "fix" it. Would drive me crazy. Since it sounds good to you...knowing this...I would clean it up, re-install the pickguard...set it up...and forget it.

    Out of sight, out of mind.

    'regards
     
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    Wow, what a talent. Loved watching that.
     
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    maybe we could start a group for routed/hacked teles - call it "The Pool Club" ?

    Three of my fave teles - L-R: '67, w/neck route enlarged with a spoon, I think? '68 with Pat#HB - routed with a wood chisel, so it's decently done, and my '71-72-73-93-09-20 Hell-O-Kitteh! Partscaster, in Olympic white with Olympic Sized Pool under the pickguard. ;)

    pool club.jpg
     
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    If I were to go ahead with a repair, this is the level of quality work I would want. However, that might be a bit unrealistic - not everyone is as qualified as Dan Erlewine
     
  20. Matthias

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    Loads of interesting thoughts here. I think it's your personal choice and I think under the pickguard, the restoration is mainly for your peace of mind. For anything with original finish, I see an untouched DIY route as being more original than a repaired and retouched body. But I guess it's personal perspective.

    I'm actually looking for a 70s Strat with a hacked HB route and non original pickups so I can make a semi-vintage hot rod HSS! :D
     
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