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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / A Tale of two Tele's

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Memphis, TN

Apr 5th, 2017 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had to replace an input jack and selector switch on my buddy's pink paisley.

His body chemistry is so acidic that not only was the switch seriously corroded, the input jack look like a science experiment. Between the red rust and green whatever corrosion, he wondered why he had reduced volume and that it would cut in and out. I've never seen anything like it.

I've always wanted one, so this is about as close as I'll get so far !

He's got Van Zant pickups in this.

The butterscotch is mine. It was built from a 150 year old plus piece of pine taken from an old water works building on the St Jude campus.

Hardware is Kluson vintage lockers, Callaham bridge and steel saddles, and Lollar Special T pickups.

Two Tele's

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 03:19 PM, Apr 5th, 2017)

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 5th, 2017 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful instruments, both of them!

Sure is fun to work on someone else's cool stuff once in a while.

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NW Pennsylvania

Apr 5th, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Output jack.


M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

Apr 5th, 2017 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice looking teles. Try the ole switcharoo, tell him you cleaned the corrosion off the body and it was butterscotch underneath. Unless he's bigger than you.

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Memphis, TN

Apr 5th, 2017 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Output, input, sideput !

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Memphis, TN

Apr 5th, 2017 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the jack

Nasty enough ?

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Apr 5th, 2017 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile  


Does he go scuba diving in the ocean with his tele???

How does someone get sweat, body oil whatever, in there? That's just bizarre.

What's control plate & bridge look like?
It doesn't look bad from the photo.

So many questions...

Whatever you do, *don't* let him touch your BSB!!!

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Apr 5th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

lol @ Mick

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NW Pennsylvania

Apr 5th, 2017 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's nasty!

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Apr 6th, 2017 04:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. That was nasty enough.


It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Apr 6th, 2017 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  


Does he regularly mistake French fries for guitar cables?

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Memphis, TN

Apr 6th, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mick -

I asked Brad the same thing, what in the heck did you pour in that thing ??

But to give you background, he's a very well respected Memphis guitarist, his last band "The Dempsey's, got their gold note on Beale Street a few years ago.

His current band has horns and his wife singing, (She also does double duty in our band as well)

He's a fantastic entertainer, and is non stop motion, so sweats like a pig ! And with it being so acidic, you get this.

Oddly enough, the bridge looked fine. The control plate had some surface rust and the blade of the switch was getting rusty.

Polepieces on the bridge pickup getting rusty to, but I'm not going to touch them.

Next guitar up to work on is the silver flake Tele in this video.

If anyone gets to Memphis, be sure to check them out, they play on Beale at the Blues City Café most of the time.

Brad Birkedahl & The Burnin' Love Band Memphis

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Edmond, OK

Apr 6th, 2017 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good entertainer. I can see why he sweats.

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