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What Have We Got Here? Vintage Tele

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by ltemma74, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. ltemma74

    ltemma74 TDPRI Member

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    Greetings all! My first post here. I recently came across this old tele (pix attached) and am having trouble figuring out what I am dealing with here. Can y'all help me out? Thanks for your assistance! Telecaster Case.jpg Telecaster Headstock 2.jpg Telecaster Headstock.jpg Telecaster in Case.jpg Telecaster Neck Plate.jpg
     
  2. eddiewagner

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    I would say custom shop Nocaster. If yes: wonderful guitar
     
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  3. Nick Fanis

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    It's not a vintage telecaster.
    It looks like a Fender Custom shop Nocaster relic.
    Email them with the serial number and pics to get more info.
    They usually respond very fast.
     
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    Great looking guitar.
     
  5. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Afflicted

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    That is a Vince Cunetto/ Jon Cruz mid 90's CS very nice guitars collectable pretty expensive if you can find one
    the case is not original to it though should be orange fur
     
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    I'm no expert, but I have never seen a "Custom shop" marking like that. I am sure there are many here who know more about it than me.
     
  7. ltemma74

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    Thank you all for the information. I have emailed Fender to see what they have to say about it.

    It appears to me to be a mid-90s CS nocaster as reported by netgear69. I located one of these mid-90s CS nocasters online at reverb.com and compared it to this tele that I posted and they look very similar to me. Here's the link: https://reverb.com/item/19182566-fender-telecaster-51-nocaster-john-cruz-vince-cunetto-relic

    Interestingly, the case in the reverb.com listing appears to match the one I posted with the red fur inside. I own a 97 hendrix tribute strat from that period, and the case for the strat has an orange interior. Not sure what to make of the case.

    Will be interesting to see what Fender has to say. I'll let y'all know. Thanks again!
     
  8. ltemma74

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    Fender says it's a 50's Nocaster from 1996.
     
  9. Jakedog

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    Those are very nice guitars. Congrats!
     
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    The color of the case interior should not be of major importance.
     
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    If you own the guitar ask Fender for a C.O.A it will increase the value
    I agree with capitalbear the colour of the interior is not important but it is to some people they want everything factory spec
    Another thing to look for is the stamp on the back of the headstock should also be on the body under the pickguard
     
  12. ltemma74

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    Thanks everyone for the thoughts. I'm more of a player than a collector so the case doesn't matter to me personally. That said, someone may want to sell these guitars after I'm gone (literally over my dead body) so it's good to have C.O.A.'s etc.
     
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    nice looking axe!
     
  14. Adam Wolfaardt

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    The first relics from the 90s had that stamp. Since the relicing was done out of house by Vince Cunetto they have come to be known as "Cunetto's". Quite collectable and worth quite a bit
     
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    Considering the R serial numbers are up over 100,000 at this point, and with the stamped headstock, I'd say this is a mid/late 90s NoCaster. So almost vintage ;)
     
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