1982 Fender Telecaster Disassembly

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  1. Mr.Chainsaw

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    Hi!

    I've got a Fender Telecaster '52 Reissue from 1982.
    I'm a bit uncertain of the true identity so I'm going to screw the neck of to check for all the stamps and other markings to make sure it's what it is put out to be.

    As it's the love of my life and cost me nearly $2000 (I know, not the most expensive guitar in the world, but for an 18 year old kid it's quite a lot of cash) I don't want to mess it up in any way.

    So anything I should be really careful with while disassembling it? I'm no retard when it comes to guitar building and stuff, I've put together plenty of guitars in my days, but as it's my true love I REALLY don't want to mess anything up.

    If the guitar is really from 1982, it is its 30th birthday this year so yeah, special year for the guitar!

    So please, advice! I'm going to take pictures and stuff and maybe post them here in future.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Butterscotch

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    Take the pickguard off before pulling the neck, just in case it's a tight fit to the neck.
    Otherwise, straightforward! Lets see some pics!
     
  3. Mr.Chainsaw

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    I'm done!

    What is the best way for sharing pictures on here?
    I remember trying some kind of image database to upload my pictures to, but it didn't work!
     
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    use photobucket and copy the img code and paste in your reply... easy as pie...
     
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    Haha! I assure you, I'll get the pics uploaded!
    Just looking at all of them atm!
     
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    for the lazy like me to get a peek... lol...
     
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  9. Mr.Chainsaw

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    :munchlove it, by the way... she looks killer, and i am certain plays and sounds the same! the experts will be coming to bear on the deets momentarily no doubt...
     
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    Thanks!
    Apparently it's been on tour with some crappy Danish band, so that would explain the extensive wear.

    Bought it for about $1800 last year.
    Probably expensive compared to what they cost in America, but here in Sweden they cost quite a bit, so I reckon the price was pretty reasonable!
     
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    beautiful wear; looks like the real thing! bummer about that bucker route; didn't leave much wood for the heel of the neck to rest against. looks like that switch's been rewired a million times!

    again, though, that natural wear is gorgeous. and i actually think reversed-mods and the like give a guitar a lot of character.
     
  13. Mr.Chainsaw

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    Nice to hear your views!

    As none of the pickups seem to be original and due to bad volume matching, I'm considering installing a '72 Reissue Humbucker in the neck position. I know they aren't built the same way as the old Fender humbuckers, but I think it would be nice with humbucker!
     
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    Interesting. Lots of corrosion and rust on some of the metal parts. Has it lived near the sea? Looks older than an '82, and certainly not anything special from a vintage standpoint, but it seems to have history with you, so that's what is important.

    Probably doesn't matter, but I'd replace those slotted neck screws with some proper Phillips type. Just would look better IMHO.

    How are those jumbo frets? Looks like they might need some edge dressing, but it might just be the pictures...
     
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    For comparison's sake, here's my '82 Fullerton:

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    Looks nice, Mr.Chainsaw. Really though, what else would I say to a fellow who calls himself Mr. Chainsaw? :)

    Btw, Herb Gastelum started at Fender in the early 1960s. He is known for his exceptional work on Fender necks. The "Summer 1998" edition of Fender Frontline contained a small feature on Herb's career with the company.
     
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    Might have lived near the sea, but it's also been used on tour, and sweaty hands palm muting would probably help with the rust!

    The frets are great! Pretty worn but works fine. I use pretty thick Ernie Ball strings and the feel of the neck combined with fat strings is great!

    I read somewhere that philips screws were introduced much later than the flat heads, so I'll keep it true to the 50's style with regular slotted ones!
     
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    Looking good! That's the condition they usually are in, at least the ones I've managed to find online!
     
  19. Mr.Chainsaw

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    Haha! I'm not really a scary bloke! Mr.Chainsaw is a song by Alkaline Trio, not the best song in the world, but still!

    Really appreciate the info on Herb Gastelum! Great to know who made the neck WHICH I LOVE beyond most stuff!
    Do you know if there's any info about him online?
     
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    Here's the guitar in action!
    No, not headbanging! Just looking stupid!
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