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Wood identification on mystery T body??

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by gbart14, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. gbart14

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    This body does not seem to be original to this 2002 MIM Deluxe Series neck. Am now wondering what kind of wood this is? Can anyone identify it? Previous owner tried to relic it. Many thanks.
     

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    Alder or Poplar, probably the former as Poplar grain grain tends toward green.
     
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    It looks like pine to me, probably a DIY body

    Definitely not Alder, it has way denser grains

    A nice job by the way
     
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    Isn't that an American Neck. Looks like a micro tilt neck.
     
  5. Peegoo

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    Yeah, the demarcations in the grain lines in the neck pocket look a lot like pine. Here's how to confirm:

    Take one of the neck screws and use it to gently 'scrub' one of the screw holed in the body and immediately take a little sniff. Not a big sniff--you son't want to unhale the woood dust.

    If it's pine, you'll recognize that smell.
     
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    Looks like a Squier Classic Vibe Pine body.
     
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    Looks like pine.
     
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    It has that bunny ear neck route, that's a classic vibe thing isn't it?
     
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    that's a truss rod anchor
     
  10. gbart14

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    Kind of smells like pine but also looks a lot like an old douglas fir 2x4! Hah! It is seems fairly soft. Here are a couple more clues. Also, need to ID the pickups. Also, wondering the best way to strip the poly off the body?? Thanks
     

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    Here are pics of the neck. MIM. The body looks like factory paint job in poly. Fender Tele MIM 2002 (3).JPG Fender Tele MIM 2002 MZ2193612.JPG
     
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    Body is pine. my vote. Def not poplar.
     
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    +1 on it being pine. Here's an alder body a friend and I made. 13.JPG ALDER TELE BODY.JPG 24.JPG
     
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    Bridge pickup is a stock squier pickup from a classic vibe 50's model. Which may lead to the body being a cv50 and thus pine.
     
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    Pine

    is my opine
     
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    pine, no doubt about it.
     
  17. gbart14

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    Ok, then. Pine it is. So, the questions now are as follows:

    I am pondering whether to keep the pine body or get a body with different wood? If so, what wood? I am thinking that it may not make that much difference??? There are a few pre painted bodies out there on the market. I am going to either strip this one and repaint it or start with a new body. It is not going to stay the same because my wife hates it. - good enough reason.

    Next, I have a set of VanZandt True Vintage pups that a friend gave me. I am thinking of using them. Any comments?

    Here is a shot of the current Mexican White Tele Wiring (6).jpg electronics.
     
  18. gbart14

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    Any idea what this stamping is in the neck pickup cavity? 20200925_111246.jpg
     
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    I've been wondering what those holes were for. Thanks.
     
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    If I was to get another body, Id probably choose alder for the lighter weight, even though its softer than Ash.
     
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