To refin or not to refin...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by PinoyBoy, Apr 17, 2008.

Should I refinish my Tele?

  1. Yup - refinish it to even out the look and/or protect it

  2. Nope - keep it natural, and the "exposed" wood is okay

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  1. PinoyBoy

    PinoyBoy Member

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    I have this Tele thinline (circa 1973 or 1974) that I got as my first "real" guitar back in highschool. I play other stuff now, but have always kept this for sentimental reasons and because it still sounds great.

    At some point, the finish was coming off at the lower bout (is that what that part is called?), and in an hour stretch of stupidity, I scraped it off. Here's how it looks like:

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    I was thinking of having the guitar refinished and relic'd evenly to match the rest of the body... but then a part of me also wants to keep the look as natural as possible. I'm also concerned that since there doesn't seem to be any more finish covering that part of the body, that air/humidity/sweat will eventually do more damage to the guitar.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

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    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree - leave it as it is.

    Dana O.
     
  6. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Just the way it is...! :dude
     
  7. jackaroo

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    That's fine.

    Don't you F&*KING touch it!

    Looks cool-

    J
     
  8. parker

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    paint it blue !!!!
     
  9. gkoelling

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    Refinishing a vintage guitar is heresy and will open you up to public ridicule.

    People will leave filthy messages on your answering machine and former girlfriends will spread untrue but nasty rumors about you.

    Please heed these words and leave that thing alone!






    besides, it looks real cool...
     
  10. Guitarman15

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    now it has some character leave it
     
  11. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    re-finish it and then have it reliced to look just like it is now (just kidding of course!!)
     
  12. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Leave it as is. I've seen worse being sold as new from the Fender custom shop. :AOK
     
  13. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    While you're right to be concerned about possible wood damage- if the exposed wood begins to turn color or the cracking spiderwebs toward the pickguard/f-hole, I'd have it resealed asap- the good news is that most of those guitars were capped from the back, so there's very little chance of seam separation at that bottom edge.
     
  14. Matt F

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    As is.. Keep it real homey! ;)
     
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    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    5150gtrmonkey Silver Supporting Member

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    Dude, you have an authentic relic! Don't mess with a great thing. Looks beautiful as is!
     
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    Trade it for a shiney new one.
     
  19. daddyo

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    Tele Command Central will dispatch a black ops chopper with a strike team to intervene if you decide to refinish.
     
  20. straightblues

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    I would also leave it. If you are really woried about the wood, put some shellac or some spray poly on the area.
     

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