Got this tele in a trade...thinking about getting a refin, but want some opinions

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by pickslide, Jan 26, 2012.

Should I refinish my new old Tele?

  1. Refinish in a new color

  2. Stain to still see the wood

  3. Leave as is

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  1. pickslide

    pickslide Supporting Member

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    Got this in a trade. It is a real 66 tele. The wood grain looks cool, but I am thinking that I would like somewhat of a more finished look. Perhaps even getting it stained a dark brown, but something that you could still see the wood. Then again, maybe getting it a whole new color. I could also put a different color pickguard on it so any suggestions about that are welcome too.

    What do you guys think?

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  2. monty

    monty Member

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    I wouldnt touch a thing, she looks great. How is the sound?
     
  3. Braunzo

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    Never quite understood refinishing guitars. You generally buy a guitar for what it is. Especially a vintage piece like that. You'll destroy the resale value and historic relevance.

    Of course, just my honest opinion. It's your guitar, you can do what you want with it.
     
  4. b2sc

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    ^^ Is that even the original finish??? I doubt it and you will not devalue the guitar any more with a proper refin if it has been stripped.
     
  5. L_Totti

    L_Totti Member

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    Keep it like that. Looks like Albert Collins :aok
     
  6. peskypesky

    peskypesky Member

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    i would NOT refinish that gorgeous Tele!
     
  7. KissTone

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    That's ash, which on a 60s Tele usually means blonde.

    Refin that sucker! Please.

    And get the proper neck pup and guard back on there.

    Forgive me, I'm a traditionalist.
     
  8. alexanderplatz

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    I vote no on the re-finish. Looks very cool as is.

    Leave the mini humbucker in the neck position, but get a pickguard that is properly cut to the shape of the mini hum.
     
  9. mbargav

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    Make it a project. Track down a nice pickguard, PUPs, etc.
     
  10. Whiskeyrebel

    Whiskeyrebel Supporting Member

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    Route it for a Floyd Rose, put some EMGs on that sucker and use a woodburning pencil to give it a mural of a naked chick riding a unicorn. I wanna see if that makes KissTone's head explode like a cantaloupe in the microwave.
     
  11. BluesForDan

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    that's not nice, you didn't ask for video :omg:rotflmao

    meh, I think it is pretty ugly the way it is. I've vote refin with light checking, restore the neck pickup and replace the pick guard. I'd go white blonde with tortoise pick guard.
     
  12. hank57

    hank57 Silver Supporting Member

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    The grain is interesting but it looks well really dirty. Look at the original 66 color pallet and choose or look under the pickguard or in the neck pocket and have it refinished it's original color.

    A refinish is a refinish so price will reflect that. That refinish is strange.
     
  13. bluesking55

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    Steel wool it or use a broken in scotch brite with some cleaner. Be surprised how it will look, send it to me, be glad to do it for u
     
  14. Beng2040

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    :rotflmao

    I'd refin it blonde and put it back stock as well. :hide
     
  15. pickslide

    pickslide Supporting Member

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    Clearly this is not original so doing a refin will not affect the value much if any, so I am not concerned about that.
     
  16. capnjim

    capnjim Senior Member

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    Very nice grain....see thru blonde a la Mary Kaye
     
  17. IPLAYLOUD

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    Crazy waterfall looking grain.

    Did it have a toggle on the top bout?
    I can't tell if it's a sticker or a filled-in hole.

    I think I would leave this one alone. It has that Pure Praire League Look to it.
     
  18. oneleftnut

    oneleftnut Supporting Member

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    Put the orig neck pup back in and have your friend secretly paint a dragon on it to surprise you.
     
  19. KBR

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    new black guard (Warmoth for Mini Hber) & Butterscotch refin.
    oops, Oly White (it has rosewood board neck) & Parchment guard for mini hber...
     
  20. VicAjax

    VicAjax Male Supermodel

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    looks like that black guard is just sitting on top of a white guard, no?
     

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