Wonky pickguard horn alignment

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Saw this cool Esquire at Crandall’s and couldn’t help but notice how misaligned the pickguard curve is compared to the horn of the guitar.

Is that just how things sometimes went then because they were hand made?

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Much later but my fathers 72 is EXACTLY like that, I don’t know if it’s from the factory like that or if the horn was over sanded before he refinished it

I suspect it may have been a little wonky from the start
 

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I took these photos of a 3-tone SB Esquire for this very reason when it was displayed at Songbirds in Chattanooga. Can’t recall the exact date. I think mid-60’s.
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Guitar is represented as a 63. I'm not seeing a bevel on that PG. Maybe it's the pics, but it looks sharp edged and thin.

Also, obviously the saddles and bridge mounting screws are not original, but I'd bet the entire bridge assembly is 68 or later, based on not just the stainless slotted saddles but the even, dull/matte chrome appearance (instead of shinier in front of the pup) and the intonation screws. I also don't like the control plate mounting screws on this one... While a 63 could have either #4 or #5, that control plate looks like it should have #5 and the #4 screws are shinier than its #4 PG screws.

Other non-original aspects are disclosed in the listing.
 

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Maybe is because it was handmade as with mine
 

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There are also a lot of Teles out there with the control plate not parallel to the bridge.
 

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I don’t see anything funny going on there

Chance to show your guitar eh? ;)
Just above the control plate, there is an ever so slightly greater margin. Maybe its the pick gaurd at fault as it is not an original Fender, but even if I did find one with an even margin i`d need to make new screw holes so its staying :)
 

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Inside the cut away, the pickguard is supposed to be closer to the body edge on a Tele. All conventional Teles are like that.

With regard to the bridge, I sometimes thought that the Tele design/manufacturing sequence left some room for optimal sideways placement of the bridge, because it is hard to predict exactly in what direction the neck will ultimately fit the body.
 
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On my latest partscaster build, there was a bit of a misshaped pickguard at the lower corner, next to the control plate. It drove me crazy so I removed the guard and reshaped it with files and sandpaper. Much better now!
 

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My ‘58 Telecaster.Hand made tolerances not as accurate as machined .
 

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