Where to buy vintage correct Tele parts and wiring?

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  1. Fenderbendr

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    I have a 50’s RW tele that I want to make some changes to to get it a little closer to an actual 50’s one. Stuff like flat head screws instead of the philips ones, new neck plate, new wiring harness, etc.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew of a place that sells vintage correct tele parts that are aged, and wiring harnesses that they have experience with.
     
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    I would suggest downloading the parts diagram for one of Fender's American Original (or American Vintage) 50's (or 52) telecaster. Get those part numbers and start googling for retailers. Many of them will come in road worn variations.
     
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    Recently purchased a bunch of components from darenriley.com and was very happy with the selection, price and service. Order was processed and shipped super fast. They will be my first stop in the future.
     
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    A Tele from the late ‘50’s, which is when they first used a rosewood board, would have Phillips screws. The circuit in earlyTelecasters is also very challenged for a modern player. That is why Fender changed it in 1967. But.....you can get anything you want these days.
    Imho, it would be a better use of time to learn how to play like an early Tele player...say...Jimmy Bryant, maybe? Ommv.....

     
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    ebay can be your friend. I bought cloth pushback wire and the Callaham slotted screw set for my tele project.

    -Sarde
     
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    The folks at MJT do really nice aged HW kits
     
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    Angela Instruments sells a lot of Fender bits in packets. Try to buy everything you need at once as postage can be high.

    Edit: Tuxedo beat me to it.
     
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    - Luxe wire is great, should you decide to wire your own
    - Screws can be found at reasonable prices if you can get the spec - not from guitar shops!
    - If you want a modern copy of a ceramic disc capacitor, try and find a photo of the fender AVRI part and decode the markings. You can buy them for a fraction of the price. I got the AVRI caps for my Jag and paid a pound each
    - carefully check the spec of any harnesses you see. I’ve seen some where, for example, the cap values are off
     
  13. Fenderbendr

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    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone!
     
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    I have been using a couple stores on reverb.com Lots of good stuff to be had there for vintage parts. Also try www. Angelas.com Good luck with your project!
     
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