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Tele experts--any idea what this is?

readymade

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Picked this up at an auction today. It's obviously a bit of a mongrel and I'd like to get an idea as to the provenance of some of the parts.

The tuners are Kluson Deluxes and appear to be vintage, not reissue, based on some web research I did today, and the bridge seems to be as well. The neck is actually really nice, but I don't think it's a Fender--the headstock seems just slightly smaller than my reissue Tele's headstock (I forgot to take a pic of the underside of the neck heel, but I can't make out if there was every anything inked on it or not--the green paint from the body rubbed off a bit onto it). I'm not sure if the neck plate is a real Fender or not--a six-digit number starting with "2" would mean a 1957-ish neck plate, yes? There is a handwritten number, under the lacquer, on the heel near the truss rod screw.

As for the body, someone obviously had some fun with it; besides the, uh, refinish, a middle cavity's been added. The other interesting thing is that there is a slight impression on the back of the guitar in the shape of a control plate--not sure if someone had cut out a space on the back of the guitar (like you might on a hollowbody) and then refilled it. I can't really get it to show up in any pics.

The electronics have obviously been changed/modified. There's so much solder on the pots that I can't read the codes clearly, so I'm not sure if the electronics are vintage or MIJ or what.

I'm just curious as to what you guys think. In retrospect, I probably overpaid a little; if it turns out that there's not too much market value in this thing, then I'll simply have a nice little refinishing/set-up project on my hands.

Thanks in advance for any info. More pics are here: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Weird%20Tele/







 
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readymade

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Also, any ideas on stripping the finish? I might just live with it, but was thinking of a nice sonic blue or something.
 

IPLAYLOUD

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I have never seen a "T" on the end of a neck, but it appears to be a March 1960 Slab Board neck. Tuners look correct for 1960. The headstock looks correect for a Slab also.
A 6 digit serial number starting with a "2" (if it has an "F" stamp on it also) is from 1968/69 timeframe.
Hard to tell the body...you have a real mongrel here, but if that neck is from 1960, it's worth a few dollars and you might not have paid too much.
 

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Also, any ideas on stripping the finish? I might just live with it, but was thinking of a nice sonic blue or something.
Could try a product called Aircraft Stripper & or a Heat Gun to get that thick of a finish off. Be careful of course.

I've never used a heat gun for stripping but they do work wonders if you know how to use one properly.

As for paint strippers I've had great success removing even a double finished guitar. I used Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover on the guitar below.

Talk about a THICK finish. :eeks


 

readymade

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No heat gun for me--I will end up destroying something.

Thanks for the tip on the paint remover.
 

stormin1155

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The neck seems to be rounded on the end, like a strat neck. Were tele necks rounded as well? The headstock really doesn't look right to me, so I'm wondering if perhaps someone reshaped a strat headstock to look like a tele.
 

gkoelling

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Could try a product called Aircraft Stripper & or a Heat Gun to get that thick of a finish off. Be careful of course.

I've never used a heat gun for stripping but they do work wonders if you know how to use one properly.

As for paint strippers I've had great success removing even a double finished guitar. I used Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover on the guitar below.

Talk about a THICK finish. :eeks



Yikes!
 

russ

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That neck plate (and stamped number) doesn't look like an original one to me.........
 

readymade

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The bridge and tuners seem to be vintage; everything else--who knows? I'm thinking I'll turn this into an Esquire eventually.
 

readymade

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I'm more and more sold on the idea that the neck is from a Strat. The body I'm not so sure of. I'll probably try to strip it this weekend if the weather is nice.
 

hammersig

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What is that finish? I can't tell from the pictures, but does it look intentional, or some sort of finish removal debacle, or just the light hitting the finish? I think it looks pretty cool, I'm sure some opinions differ.
 

readymade

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$450. I obviously took a chance with not being able to open it up, but I don't really care if I overpaid slightly--it was my first auction.

Oh, and live auctions are more fun than ebay for sure!
 

Jerrod

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Yeah, that's not too bad, especially if you can do something fun with it.
 

readymade

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I actually have posted on TDPRI. Some very helpful info from those dudes, though a number are pretty stumped, especially about the neck.
 




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