New (OLD) Tele in the house

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  1. J.T.

    J.T. Supporting Member

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    Just brought it home today. 1976 All original with hang tags and Warranty Card. Easy 9/10 and just shy of 7 lbs .The only minus is the frets are low but still very playable, The Neck PU was blown but i have it and plan on sending it out. Anyone have a Blue Book Value on it? Here are some PICS:

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    Congratulations!

    If it were mine, I'd send the pickup to Dan Mare for a rewind.
     
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    That's a real beauty! Congrats on the new guitar. I had a sunburst '77 for a while, but it was closer to 9.5 lbs. 7 lbs. for a 70s Tele is pretty damn good.

    As for value, it's always hard to say for vintage guitars. I find that eBay is a much better place to get an idea of the value than from a dealer or the Blue Book. A '76 Tele in that shape would probably be somewhere in the $2500 range (plus or minus $500).
     
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    Congrats! Looks great!
     
  6. George Johnson

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    Nice!

    FWIW, based on the Serial # and the warranty card I'd say it's a '75.
     
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    Thanks Guys! I Paid $1800 figuring it will only go up in value and i can't swing anything 60's. Actually i was thinking of sending the PU to Mare. The reason i went for it was a combination of weight , Originality , Papers and condition.
     
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    Can you tell me more of why you figure a '75?
     
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    Hey i think you're right it's a 1975 Thanks! Serials match up to this and there is no serial on the headstock:

    [FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica,helv][SIZE=-1] F-Series (late 1965 to mid-1976)
    Big script "F" on neckplate below serial number. Known as the CBS era. [/SIZE][/FONT] 100000 to 110000 = late 1965
    110000 to 200000 = 1966
    180000 to 210000 = 1967
    210000 to 250000 = 1968
    250000 to 280000 = 1969
    280000 to 300000 = 1970
    300000 to 330000 = 1971
    330000 to 370000 = 1972
    370000 to 520000 = 1973
    500000 to 580000 = 1974
    580000 to 690000 = 1975
    690000 to 750000 = 1976
    [FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica,helv][SIZE=-1] Serial Number on Peghead Decal.
    U.S. made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead. Note the following number could be off as much as two years. Generally speaking, a "S" prefix equals the 1970's, "E" prefix equals the 1980's, and "N" prefix equals the 1990's. Note "E" and "N" prefix models are sometimes also Japanese-made (see below). [/SIZE][/FONT] 7600000 ("76" in bold) = 1976-1977
    800000s = 1979-1981
    1000000 to 8000000 = 1976-1981 (7 digits)

    S1 to S5 + 5 Digits = 1979-1982
    S6 + 5 digits = 1976
     
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    You can check the dates on the pots as well. If they're '76, then the guitar was assembled in '76 even if the serial number and the date on the butt of the neck say '75. Those types of small overlaps are pretty common with 70s Fender guitars.
     
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    Thanks i just did that and the date codes for the Pots are actually 73

    3047338

    Which means the manufacturer was:

    Stackpole Electronics, Inc.
    in the 38th week of 1973

    I'll have to look into the PUs or check the neck date if there is one

    Thanks again!
     
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    1800 seems like a pretty darn good deal to me! I'd be all over that one. Nice Tele
     
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    Hey, it looks like the parts-caster I built!

    Congrats.
     
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    congrats.... nice score....:AOK
     
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    The Warranty expires Feb 4, 1976 so unless they were doing 30-day warranties it must have been purchased before '76.
     
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    Very cool Tele.:AOK
    Congrats.
    +1 on sending the neck pu to Don.
    Maybe send the bridge pu too or get a new bridge pu from him.:D
     
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    Nice one, man !!

    I LOVE 70s teles. I have a '72, a '74, and a '78 - and they are ALL great guitars

    I usually swap the pickups and put in 250K pots (but some say I'm crazy for doing so )

    I hope that baby inspires you to make some great music !!
     
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    How does it feel, play, and sound????

    Congrats btw......sounds like a good deal.
     
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    LOL you know i just figured it was the date is was issued without bothering to read it closely. Pretty obvious huh?
     

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