If I saw a 53 Tele under 7 lbs for $35K I would try to buy it. Since I was born in 52 I would like one of those especially it if was as good as the 53s appear to be!Guitar Center in Austin had a '53 for a while, 4 or 5 years ago, I got to play it at some length, through a DR a couple times.
The best tele I ever played, and yea, neck, sound, feel, just great.
35k at the time, though. Out of my price range
Didn't weigh it, since I was in a store, but then, I don't weigh guitars. Didn't seem heavy.If I saw a 53 Tele under 7 lbs for $35K I would try to buy it. Since I was born in 52 I would like one of those especially it if was as good as the 53s appear to be!
So amazing. I wonder which of the Musikraft necks is closest (asking for people who are too poor to ever have a 53 ha ha).
|Serial||12th Dot||Rad 1st||Rad 12Th||Nut Width 1st||Width 12th||Thick 1st||Thick12th||Back Profile||Truss Nut||Plug|
|4942||.79||7.25||7.25||1.67.||2.04||.93||1.00||1953 Baseball Bat||Dbl.Slot||Walnut|
In my experience, for a great 53 neck feel and look, serial #4942 Musikraft Blackguard is the one for me. Tadeo taper. So good, I have 2 builds with it. Choose your radius and fretwire if you want to change that.
Serial 12th Dot Rad 1st Rad 12Th Nut Width 1st Width 12th Thick 1st Thick12th Back Profile Truss Nut Plug
4942 .79 7.25 7.25 1.67. 2.04 .93 1.00 1953 Baseball Bat Dbl.Slot Walnut
Three of the best sounding blackguards I have ever played. '53s are remarkably consistent. Fender figured out the formula that year. Perfect necks, perfect Telecaster tone. Two of these are six and a half pounders, one is just over 7 lbs. I've recently played Danny Gatton's '53 and the Roadrunner '53 that Tom Bukovac used to own. Plus three more '53s this year alone. All on the same level tonally, all with pretty much identical feeling necks. It's my favorite year for Teles.
For those of us who can't afford 3 to 6(!) 1953 Telecasters, can anyone chime in on the best years for repros? (I'm not saying I'm too jealous...I bought a '62 Strat in the 80's for $440.)
Original blackguards are $65k to $85k right now, and selling.I love old blackguards as well. Don't despair on these prices - I've seen 'em go for higher than current prices only to fall dramatically. One friend has a nice '52 that he paid 40K for back in the early 2000's. When the market fell he was left holding a 25k guitar. Only now is it back to near his original purchase price.