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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got it today

























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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to take some pictures in natural light but the sun wouldn't cooperate so this was the best I could do.



















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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is interesting that most people(myself included) equate Nocasters with a huge neck but according to Mark Davis and others at the TDPRI:

"Neck sizes were all over the place in the early 50's.None of those necks are as thick as the CS Nocasters."

The measures are :
1950-51 large"D" 7.25-9.5 radius - 1.63''/0.85''
1950-51 soft "V" 7.25-9.5 radius - 1.66''/0.89''
1951-54 slim "D" 7.25 radius - 1.65''/0.82''

the really thick ones are either the 1950 Hard "V" 9.5 radius - 1.62''/0.96''
the 1953 large "baseball bat" 7.25 radius - 1.68''/0.94'' and the 1954 large "U" -7.25 radius - 1.60''/0.94''



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good, love that case!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
looks good, love that case!


I can share it with my First Act to,lol.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reaaaally like this guitar.The Nocaster pickups sound great! They really do. This tele has been wired in the modern style(Neck,Both,Bridge) so you have 3 useful settings. The bridge pickup will give you all the shimmer and twang you'd expect from a tele but it sounds warmer than pickups in other telecasters I've owned(more mids?).

The neck pickup is different than the pickups in other Teles I've owned before.Usually I've found tele neck pickups to sound pretty muddy and useless but the '51 NoCaster neck pickup sounds more like the neck pickup in a stratocaster: fat but articulate. The middle position is the best. The bridge pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity so the pair is hum canceling in the middle position and the 2 pickups are well balanced and sound great together. Rolling back the tone give you a really fat sound like the tele Jimmy Page played on the first Led Zepplin album( I plug it into my Stage 65 amp to get that sound). It's a really great rock guitar.

The wear on the neck makes it feels silky smooth but it has a very thin profile very thin profile,skinny vintage frets and a round 7.25 fretboard(that is what they mean by "60s oval"?). I love it because I mostly play barre chords,lol.

I think the Custom Shop did a great job making this guitar.It really does give you a feeling like playing a vintage guitar. It is just so light(7 lbs) and comfortable. And the tones sound vintage too,especially through my Randall Commander amp which has a really lush reverb and tremelo sound.The color sorta matches my amp too

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great set!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to update the guitar family photo?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just have these 3.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is interesting: according to this article by R.K.Watkins in the July 2014 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine(quoted below) Coral Pink WAS a Fender Custom Color (link)

"Custom colors were available in the late ‘50s but they really didn’t catch on until the ‘60s, all listed in Fender catalogs. Some, though, including Olive Drab and Coral Pink, did not appear in catalogs and have spurred debate over the authenticity of certain colors."




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^Interesting.

'Olive drab' probably amounted to a few tins of paint that the USAF had going spare and the Fender factory bought them cheap from a military surplus store or something. Fender's original paints were intended for cars, so olive drab airplane paint wouldn't be such an 'out there' idea, thinking about it.

Except: who'd want an olive drab-coloured guitar? Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concretebadger wrote:
^Interesting.

Except: who'd want an olive drab-coloured guitar? Confused


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

touché. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't that Vince Gallo's Strat?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please do an demo
Edit: Smells laik tin spirit
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha,I can't do a demo.I haz the Ronnie Lane disease(MS) and my hands don't work too good. That is why I sold all my guitars 9 months ago.You don't have to say "Sorry to hear that.." or blah de blah because I am 61 now was diagnosed over 31 years ago so I don't worry about it. It just makes it really hard to play guitar is all and that is the only reason I even mentioned it.

Anyway,since people here have bugged me for years now to make a demo and I have steadfastly refused,today I decided to give it ago because I have a new camera and I want to see how it works.Just do me a favor and don't tell me I suck(already know) or that the guitar is out of tune(don't care) or comment on my clothes,hairstyle,or the untidiness of my bedroom .


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might just be me but

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work. Sounds brilliant!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

westtexasred wrote:

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Fuck it, you are the best.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for making the demo... that guitar is fantastic. Sounds great through both amps. Argh making me want a Tele!
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