Bought a weird Telecaster by "mistake" yesterday.

standard24

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I got a line on a Mexican Tele for sale... Took a look at it, and it looked OK, but a few things concerned me. First, the bridge saddles weren't stamped "Fender".... That raised a big flag for me. The neck was very nice, and had the Made in Mexico/serial number decal on the back. The neck was glossy finished with a clear poly... No tint. Also the switch plate was reversed, and the knobs were amplifier knobs instead of guitar knobs.

I made the guy a low offer, thinking this was a "parts" guitar, and took it home. After checking around, I found that this was a Fender Blacktop Baritone Tele... (Who woulda' known?)

I didn't notice the scale length being any longer than normal, and the crappy strings on it were ordinary gauge and one missing.

Some internet searching told me that this used a special gauge of strings, and was tuned from B to B. I called Fender and got the string set number, and ordered a set for it. (They haven't arrived yet.)

Last night, I took it apart, cleaned and waxed everything and it looks beautiful. (3-T Sunburst).

When the strings come in, we'll see how it sounds....

I gotta learn "Wichita Lineman" to play on it.
 
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standard24

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At least I know I'm not the only weirdo that prefers to just wax his guitars.

No question... I always Turtle Wax all surfaces (except raw rosewood fretboards). A little car wax protects from skin oils/acids, and lasts for a long time. The chrome always looks great waxed.
 

Jerrod

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That's quite an inspection that reveals concerns about the authenticity of the guitar based on the bridge saddles but doesn't observe that it's a baritone. ;)
 




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