Van Nuys Schecter Tele... "pre-catalog"?

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by hrrundivbakshi, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. hrrundivbakshi

    hrrundivbakshi Member

    Aug 3, 2018
    About 10 years ago, I got a call from my favorite guitar shop to let me know they had an unusual instrument I might be interested in. They thought it might be a Schecter parts-o-caster, but weren't sure. It smelled like the real deal to me, and it played like buttah, so I plunked down my $300 and walked out the door with her.

    Flash forward 10 years, and I finally got the spare time to take the beast apart. In addition to the clearly visible Schecter external components (bridge, neck PU, black/aluminum pickguard), the two-piece mahogany body was branded with the Schecter logo in the neck PU cavity, and the mystery-wood neck was similarly branded where the sun don't shine.

    Here's the mystery, though: there are no serial/model numbers in the heel joint of the body, and the serial/model numbers in the neck are unknown to me.

    They also turned out to be unknown to Kelly Cash, a prominent Dallas-area guitar wizard and former early-80s Schecter employee. While he said he was certain the guitar was "90% Schecter" (the "wrong" bits: 1970s Fender tuning keys, mystery lead PU, mystery volume/tone control panel), he was flummoxed by the model numbers that there were on the neck, and that there weren't in the body. His best guess was that it was a '76-'79 guitar made up mostly of extremely early Schecter parts, possibly pre-dating their catalog and its numbering system.

    I'm going to try to post some pics in the hope that one of you Schecter nerds can help ID what I've got here. I really appreciate it!


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  2. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Jan 20, 2015
    Erotic City MN
    You might have a piece of history there..
  3. HelloKittyHawk!

    HelloKittyHawk! Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Topographic Oceanfront
    The neck appears to be pau ferro.
    The number is its serial number, and those were sequential.
    The missing number would've been the wood code, and these omissions seemed to happen, years into Van Nuys production.

    According to early-Schecter employee (and TGP member), Brad Hodges, " Dave made his first three Schecter necks by hand for the 1977 Anaheim NAMM show. It took almost two years after that to produce the first Schecter production necks!"

    His threads on Van Nuys Schecter history are remarkably detailed, and are a definitive resource.

    Great deal, by the way!!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018
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  4. yucatown

    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I would think an early, prototype-ish guitar would have hand-written codes or something along those lines. The stamps and stickers on this guitar seem too production, if that makes sense.
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  5. foxyguitars

    foxyguitars Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    hey guys, sorry to catch thread late but what you have here is:

    a hodge podge of :
    pre 79 genuine schecter body: they didnt have numbers in those years in neck pocket, and this one has EARLY features probably circa 1977, yet surprised to see it may be an OFFSET 2 piece body that would be really low end for schecter even back then.
    circa 1980 genuine schecter neck (2xxx serial)
    neck plate: NON schecter
    tuners: non schecter
    pickguard: schecter possibly
    control plate: non schecter
    neck pup: schecter
    bridge pup: non schecter
    bridge: schecter

    it's not surprising to find such parts guitars, it was a wild 'grab and make yourself a guitar' era.
    still a very cool guitar, and worth much more than $300 :)


    disclamer: I collect schecter van nuys guitars, and actively seek to buy them when possible, however that does not make me the definite expert, but I have seen and owned many many :)
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2018
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  6. Geir I. Kristoffersen

    Geir I. Kristoffersen Member

    Oct 11, 2018
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  7. Geir I. Kristoffersen

    Geir I. Kristoffersen Member

    Oct 11, 2018

    I got an reply from Tom Anderson himself and he told me that this neck might be his work. Definately from his period with Schecter. That makes the guitar special. At least for me. :)
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