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Wilgore



USA

Jul 14th, 2016 08:50 PM        

Looking to make a deal but this picture is bad. Can anybody tell me if it's a legit fender? <br /> <br /> Something about it looks odd to me. <br /> <br /> What series is it?



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Jul 14th, 2016 09:05 PM        

Looks like maybe a 90's MIM - the serial, if it can be posted would be a big help. Looks like a refin of some sort....sorry can't be of more assistance....maybe some others will chime in.



Wilgore



USA

Jul 14th, 2016 09:11 PM        

It does look a little older. I can't find anything on the net that looks similar to this one. <br /> <br /> I might take a look at it tomorrow. <br /> <br /> Yet.



mirrorboy



Yorkshire, England

Jul 15th, 2016 05:42 AM        

MIM Standard Telecaster only have Maple fingerboards.



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Jul 15th, 2016 09:04 AM        

IMO, NOT a real Fender guitar.



steve_crocker



North Wales

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Jul 15th, 2016 09:06 AM        

doesn't look right to me either



Wilgore



USA

Jul 15th, 2016 02:13 PM        

So I traded some stuff for the guitar. Still can't tell if the neck is a real deal- but I think the body is definitely a Squire or something different. Neck says Deluxe Series?<br /> <br /> I'll take it apart tonight. Either way I love how it plays and sounds. <br /> <br /> I might be making a parts-caster with whatever comes around.<br /> <br /> Any info about this guitar's origins would be appreciated.



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Jul 15th, 2016 03:30 PM        

The neck appears to be a real-deal a MIM Fender neck, but the body is probably not a Fender product. <br /> <br /> The indicator is the radius where the body meets the neck on the low E string side of the neck pocket: there's an awful lot of extra 'ramp' there toward the neck.<br /> <br /> All Fender Tele bodies have a small radius there with very little straight-line ramp to the side of the neck.<br /> <br />



Wilgore



USA

Jul 15th, 2016 03:40 PM        

Oh I see it now. I was coming to the conclusion the body was one of these guys:<br /> <br />



Wilgore



USA

Jul 15th, 2016 03:41 PM        

It sounds great! I'm super excited to have a few new projects this summer.



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Jul 15th, 2016 04:14 PM        

I'm no expert, but based on Peegoo's statement re: the sculpting, I'd say you're probably right about it being an Affinity body.<br /> <br /> At the end of the day, if you really like the way it plays and sounds *and* you did't pay a genuine Fender price for it... SCORE!!!<br /> <br /> Have fun with it. It does look nice IMO.



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Jul 15th, 2016 06:41 PM        

Yeah, the neck plate is also a clue :o)<br /> <br /> <br /> If it plays and sounds great, and you're happy with the deal, that is ALL that matters. <br /> <br /> Now go get some rock and roll stink on that git-tar!



steve_crocker



North Wales

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Jul 16th, 2016 05:32 AM        

the bridge and body do resemble affinity. Affinity bodies are thinner than standard (40mm rather than 45mm for MIM)so thats a good clue.<br /> I have an affinity body in relic partcaster and its a guitar i also really love along side my US & MIM teles. As said if it feels and plays good and the price is right its good deal.<br /> <br /> enjoy



lonesomebill



USA/Southwest

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Jul 16th, 2016 01:09 PM        

I am pretty sure the neck is from a Nashville Tele -- had a few of those myself. Body is not string-through and my guess is also that it is an Affinity.



Wilgore



USA

Jul 17th, 2016 09:37 AM        

Steve C: That guitar is beautiful! It looks like you went the whole 9 yards with mods. I think I want a vintage style bridge- I don't think I'll convert mine into a string through though. It looks like I'm gonna have to drill some new holes for a vintage bridge. <br /> <br /> Lonesomebill: I think you're right- I've been looking around and the MIM Nashville necks look identical to this one. <br /> <br /> I really like it because it feels and looks like my 60s reissue but has a nicer radius (9.5?) AND the truss rod access is by the nut. <br /> Not sure it will stay on this body- I might look for something loaded.. not sure yet. <br /> <br /> I love project guitars.



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Jul 17th, 2016 10:30 AM        

Agreed. They are a blast to fiddle with and dial in to perfection without worrying about the value of a $3K instrument.



steve_crocker



North Wales

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Jul 18th, 2016 03:37 AM        

Hi Wilgore, hey thanks, it just kind of developed from accumulated bits. I didn't bother drilling for string through and used the wilkinson bridge as toploaded (they come pre drilled for either which is handy). Yes you do need to re drill for the vintage bridge mounting though . The old holes will just show so will need filling. The stock affinity bridge is fairly cheap looking and definitely worth upgrading whether that's to vintage or modern spec. It's nice to have one in the collection and it does have its own feel and character against the string through US teles etc...



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Jul 18th, 2016 09:42 PM        

Re: filling the holes from the old bridge...<br /> <br /> If you're not going to refin the body, and dowel fills bug you, a cool thing you can do is cover the holes with an inlay. <br /> <br /> As an example, I've doweled holes like this, and then used a little Forstner bit to make shallow flat-bottomed holes. In the holes I placed abalone dots made for fretboard markers.<br /> <br /> A similar thing was done on Frank Zappa's "Gibson" SG (that was actually a copy of an SG make by a guy in Phoenix): it has little wood flame inlays behind the stop tailpiece studs



Wilgore



USA

Jul 19th, 2016 08:12 AM        

Peegoo: That actually looks pretty cool. I'm not sure what I'll do with this body. I think I might want to look for something else. Not sure what.<br /> <br /> Something loaded, or already pre-drilled for a vintage bridge- or maybe something that'll take a humbucker in the neck position. Not sure but I'm looking. I just really like this neck.



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