What In The World Is This Thing?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by balraggio, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. balraggio

    balraggio TDPRI Member

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    I recently traded an acoustic guitar for this "telecaster". When I meet for the trade and first saw this guitar i thought "no way am I trading for that", but I never used that acoustic and thought it might be a fun guitar to mess with and figure out if it has any potential.

    The old man who traded with me said he bought it from a local music store 20 or so years ago for $500 and took it to a local repair shop to set it up. The tech said it seemed legit (which seems unlikely) and then he put an american pickup at the neck. Now I really don't think this old gentleman was lying, but he didn't quite seem all there either, so i'm not sure how much he is remembering correctly.

    EVERYTHING about this guitar seems wrong. So I'd like to know what you think this thing is and if any part of it is actually fender. I've never owned a fender so have no experience what they should "feel" like.

    I am aware this is probably a weird hack job or fake, but I'd like to hear from those more knowledgeable than I about fenders (which is everyone)

    A couple notes to go with the pics:
    -the serial on the back of the headstock is a sticker and not from this guitar
    -all the screws seem to be screwed in poorly
    -you can see the edge of the paisley pattern under the pink paint fade on the edges
    -the neck has a big gap on the bottom where it meets the body
    -the fret edges are rougher than I think they should be

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  2. mijstrat72

    mijstrat72 Tele-Afflicted

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    Your instincts serve you well young Jedi! Squier strat neck, with a shotty install and some blow torch action. The body looks familiar but odd...I've seen a cheap knock-off paisley but don't remember the manufacturer...yeah that things sketchy
     
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  3. Cysquatch

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    My guess on the body is GFS. Pretty certain they make that exact finish. Probably also paulownia if it is. How heavy is it? neck is definitely a really bad "relic" job somebody did in their garage. Not even sure it's a Squier like mijstrat72 said, the headstock shape looks off at the crook to me.
     
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  4. jrblue

    jrblue Tele-Afflicted

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    That's a complete piece of crap. If you enjoy playing junky guitars, as some do, or if you want to take junk and try to make it better, then maybe it's fun. Personally, I just see stuff like that as borderline trash. You can get decent guitars for virtually nothing these days, and life is too short to waste on crap. On top of which, faking a brand name guitar is sleazy.
     
  5. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

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    LMAO
     
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    Hehe, that 20th fret has seen better days. Interesting take on Pika-Pika, perhaps?
     
  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    For a dismally assembled pile of crap it's actually a pretty cool guitar!
    How much was the acoustic worth?
    That old man was undoubtedly a bold faced liar, that was not made 20 years ago.

    Gotta love the cheapo import parts hobby builder movement!
     
  8. knockeduptele

    knockeduptele Tele-Meister

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    has potential ...........
     
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  9. Lost_N_Austin

    Lost_N_Austin Friend of Leo's

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    Wow. Welcome and power to you for taking on such a project. I wanted to go easy on you since this was your first post here, so I tabled my comments about putting this guitar out of it's misery and instead I'm going to suggest the following.

    Buy a new or used Telecaster Neck with a good nut and frets. Use the tuners from this neck and one of the string trees. That will solve quite a few problems. Having said that, when you finish doing that you will have exceeded the total value of that guitar on the used market. That guitar could really give you some valuable experience that might serve you well later as you acquire better material to work on and play.

    Keep us posted.

    Lost_N_Austin
     
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  10. Bigpernz

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    I hope that acoustic wasn't worth much!
     
  11. trep53

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    Why isn't the e string run through the body like the other 5 strings?

    I guess you can do things with this guitar that you wouldn't normally do to a guitar. It'll take a good beating and still sound the same.
     
  12. RodeoTex

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    Yes, GFS body and Squier neck. Terrible decal.
    I think the old guy really got you. Sorry.
     
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    thassa strange bird all right!!
     
  14. vanr

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    Heck, that might turn out to be your #1. Stranger things have happened. Give it a chance.
     
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    only a nut job would do a nut job like that ........
     
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    Telecasterless Friend of Leo's

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    Now ain't that something. Younger abuse. I don't know if there are any laws to protect you.
     
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  17. Chunkocaster

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    It looks like someone tried to kill it with fire but didn't quite succeed.

    I think that's a kit guitar paddle neck someone fashioned into a fender strat approximation, I would get a new neck for it and it should make a decent player. The paisley looks cool even if it is a cheaper gfs or similar body.
     
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  18. drmmrr55

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    I think it could be made into a pretty cool looking guitar, the big question is...is it worth it? As mentioned earlier, start with a good neck. Obviously, someone had a problem trying to thread the #1 string through the body, check the scale length carefully, and see if the bridge is in the correct place. If the bridge checks out OK, then maybe it is a fun side project, that's if everything except the neck is usable...the gap in the neck/body joint could just be a really crappy shim job. I'd be most concerned about the bridge location, and the neck pocket.
     
  19. Tuxedo Poly

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    Brings a whole new meaning to "Flame Maple" neck. That is literally flamed.
    Heaven knows what the pickups and controls are like.
     
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  20. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Looks like a Guitarfetish.com body. I don't understand why somebody would torch the headstock.
     
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