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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. fernieite

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    Screwed up. The next post fixes it...
     
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    Hey man, did you get it in Toronto? It'd sure be funny if that was my old Tele!

    My first electric was a 68 maple cap blond like that. I bought it in 1978 from a guy who had an ad in the Toronto Star... Mine didn't have that route (yet) though. I traded it up for a 1963 Fiesta red Tele in about 1980/81. (I then traded that for a 71(?)cherry sunburst Les Paul Deluxe in about 83)
     
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    Here's what it looks like now. Does it look familiar?
     

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    Im in the camp that you should just leave it. Unless it really bothers you and you plan to keep that guitar for a long time.

    My 67’ Tele has the same(ish) route for a HB. Ive since changed it to a 67’ single coil. I will keep the old HB and original pickguard should I ever sell the guitar the future owner will have options.
     
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    Mike Bloomfield?
     
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    Well, yeah. It looked like a normal 68 Tele like yours. Here's the only photo I have of it from the day I traded it for the 63. ( I painted the white pickguard black, but you can see that it was coming off quite easily)
    68 tele 63 esquire trade day.PNG.png
     
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    The name written in the neck pocket is Matt D_ _ _ _
     
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    Maybe not the same one. Mine has a white P/G that had two screw holes filled in on either end of the pickup opening and I was given to understand it was the original P/G.
     
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    Yes, I saw that after I had posted. It was a not very good attempt at a joke on my part.
     
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    I appreciate everyone's opinions, recommendations, experiences/stories, and advice - thank you.

    I think I'll go ahead and get at least one estimate and a luthier's opinion - just to get an idea of the cost and the level of success to expect in a repair like this.

    Then I'll probably just put it back together and enjoy it for the special instrument that it is.
     
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    I would not bother spending hundreds of dollars for the repair. I would do a "half" repair: I would just fix / clean up the ugly hole with router, to look nice. That would cost next to nothing and you would have a nice and versatile swimming pool route there.
     
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    Probably not, but we haven't heard back from @FenderScott to see if he knows if it came from Toronto in the 80s, or not...

    Your original pickguard was modified sometime if it has the 2 holes to the side of the neck pickup, I think.

    That in itself wouldn't disqualify it from being my old guitar, if that's the case. Someone down the road could have easily added those two extra holes.
     
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    It was in Toronto when I bought it at Capsule but that was about 3 years ago. Long after the 80's. I believed the guard to be original when I had it as well. It had the original bridge pick-up but the neck pick-up was replaced with the 2 drilled holes already there. I swapped in the Lollar neck pick-up. The one it came with was not original and not very good.
     
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    Check out Tom Bukovak video
    "Pick of the Day"- 1967 Fender Telecaster w/"Smuggler's Cavity"
     
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    I’m torn about this.

    I love fixing “broken” stuff. I often buy a guitar based on the work it needs, not the current playability. Tinkering is every bit as much if the hobby as playing is to me.

    However, I also love weird stuff. I might gravitate towards the 68 with the stash hole before a perfectly intact one. First, the depreciation is great, and as many said it doesn’t seem to affect anything. Also, mine is the only one like it.

    I don’t understand the aversion to letting a competent furniture maker work on it. They do inlay, detail, and grain matching work that 99% of luthiers aren’t even capable of dreaming of, and as a profession they’ve been doing it for thousands of years too. A lot of what’s considered exotic to us is 9-5 for them.
     
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    It's all in the head...like "only Italians can make a good pizza". Especially when it comes to Fenders...they never hired any specialists or educated craftsmen since processing a simple slab of wood didn't take some. We're not talking about building a violin here.
     
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    What you have there, my friend, is an early factory prototype of a swimming pool route, which would soon become a mainstay of Fender Telecaster bodies. Fixing it will seriously lessen the value of the guitar.
     
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