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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / 1976 Telecaster Custom

langford
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Apr 21st, 2018 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm thinking about buying one. I've played this particular guitar many times over the years (it belonged to a friend). I have a sentimental attachment to the instrument and I'm being offered a friend price. Still it's not cheap. So part of this process is about buying a keeper guitar. What's the verdict here on mid-70s Telecaster Customs? Keen to hear the forum's thoughts.

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Just one fret off the right note.
Apr 21st, 2018 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is this the one with the two humbuckers?

langford
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Apr 21st, 2018 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

HB in the neck. Single coil at bridge.


Roger Ball
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Just one fret off the right note.
Apr 21st, 2018 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's nothing wrong with that model as far as I'm concerned. There were lots of good guitars produced in the 70's but it can be hit or miss.

Since you know this particular guitar and obviously like it, I'd say go for it if you're OK with the price.



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Apr 21st, 2018 10:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's funny, but an old mentor who later became a bandmate had a black Custom. I remember realizing back then what a pos his particular guitar was. But it was still cool and a little enigmatic in the hands of a better guitarist. That guitar and a Woodson amp.

langford
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Apr 22nd, 2018 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I decided to buy it. Here's the whole story.

The guitar belonged to an older friend of mine who died a couple of weeks before Christmas. We used play together on Saturday afternoons and I was someone stuck around to the end, when my friend's physical and cognitive skills were declining (though playing remained important to him.)

Anyway, we'd had a running joke for years that his Telecaster really liked me. (I played it a lot at our jam sessions.) So, I wanted very much to keep the guitar as a momento. Still, it's expensive an momento. I kind of had to put my heart aside and think with my brain for a day. I think I made the right decision. Thanks for your comments, guys.

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Apr 22nd, 2018 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

You made an excellent decision. (-:

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What is wrong with men being men?
Apr 23rd, 2018 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

ditto....those Custom's are cool guitars...just ask Keith!

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Apr 23rd, 2018 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good call. Even if the guitar wasn't 'all that' in terms of playability etc the backstory makes it special.

I also happen to believe they're cool guitars.

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Apr 23rd, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 you made the best decision.

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Apr 23rd, 2018 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

It was the only move to make. Congrats. I converted my '68 Thinline to a PAF at neck with a coil tap and a Nocaster at Bridge. It's one of my favorite guitars.

langford
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Apr 24th, 2018 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, everybody. I brought the guitar home today. I've always liked this instrument—and it's a good way to remember a friend. Got a big case of the feels this aft....



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