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Relicing + Hot Rodding a MIM '72 Fender Tele Deluxe

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cyrja, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. cyrja

    cyrja Supporting Member

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    I just traded my MJT Tele ($850) that I was not bonding with for a 2013 Fender DRRI + '05 Fender MIM '72 Tele Deluxe. Score, right!?! The Tele, while much maligned isn't THAT bad. It is muddy but it definitely has potential.

    I just sold the amp ($650) and I've bought a Duncan P-Rail loaded pickguard with new pots for $220. I'm planning on making the Tele a sleeper backup that's versatile and unassuming, while pocketing some $$$.

    I plan on posting clips once installed, but right now I am quite pleased with an excellent CL trade.
     
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  2. cyrja

    cyrja Supporting Member

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    And why not give it the Gibson VOS style refinishing?


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    Very nice. I had one for a while and enjoyed it.

    How are you going about refinishing it? Love the soft luster it has.
     
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    Thanks!

    I followed the instructions here for the finish and compared it to my old Gibson ES335 VOS: http://agingguitars.tumblr.com/page/2

    Now, I'm waiting on the 70's style knobs. This thing is crazy versatile and feels great. I'm not completely done with the aesthetics, but it sounds amazing.

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    Compared with the before, with the sticky plastic poly finish...
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  5. cyrja

    cyrja Supporting Member

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    Done. This has turned out to be an amazing sleeper!!!

    I realize where I'm posting and I've certainly and literally bought into the boutique bias of TGP. That said, this is certainly one of if not the best guitar I've ever owned, and I've owned some very expensive pieces (+5k). The versatility is astounding

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  6. PixMix

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    Nice work! I just got a 72 deluxe ri and I am liking it a lot!
     
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    good job!
     
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    Love it, very tastefully done.
     
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    Literally, the only original parts on mie are the body, neck and neck plate/neck screws. It is a monster with the Mojotone WRHB's.

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    Looking at your pics, especially the arm wear area, looks like the finish wasn't very thick to begin with. I know it's poly, and poly usually is applied a bit heavier the nitro, but it doesn't look as thick as I (we all?) have seen.





     
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    Thanks guys. I just replaced the cheap stock tuners with Kluson Revolution "F" KFT-3805 as well. Major upgrade that's a simple drop-in replacement
     
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    These?


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    cyrja Supporting Member

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    boldaslove1977 Silver Supporting Member

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    i had to read that twice...

    so you traded a guitar for a guitar AND amp in a trade valued at 850.... then made 650 bucks selling the amp???? well done!
     
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    Yes. It's was a pretty lucrative deal for me. Still happy about that one
     

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