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"'59 Tele" On Ebay - Well, Not Exactly!


lovekraft

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No, I suppose that a '59 Tele in good - excellent condition might be worth that price, but this one has at the very least had the neck pickup, the pickguard and the bridge replaced, and the electronics look suspiciously modern as well (can't really tell much from the photo, but I'm sure none of the '59s used a ceramic disc cap). '59s also had the infamous top-loaded bridge, while this body is drilled for a string-thru (although I suppose if it's a very late '59, that would be possible). In other words, the neck may be from a '59, but this guitar is no more a stock '59 than I am a Balinese diplomat! I guess that's what he forgot to put in the listing. :D

For reference, this is what a real '59 Tele looks like:

'59 Fender Telecaster

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I'm pretty sure the guitar has been rewired, therefore , not original. Stock wiring was cloth insulation (cotton) right up to 1967, not plastic insulation like in the pictures. You can pick it apart at the Fender Vintage site and likely find other stuff.

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is there supposed to be a "patent applied for" sticker on the bottom of a tele single coil? I thought that the PAFs were gibson...

PAF stands for "Patent Applied For" It can be used on any pickup design whos patent has been applied for.

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