The very inexpensive guitar turned out to be worth the money once I gave it a good setup and fretwork. I also customized the neck to make it look better. I gave it to Goodwill, and they sold it for $158 – thirty more than I paid new.
I carved the headstock and stripped off the original finish. Refinished everything and added some burned areas at the back of the headstock for a lived-in vibe. Upgraded the scratch guard, and rewired the control plate so I could flip it around – one of my favorite tele mods. These days, I have it set-up as a 5-string open G tuned tele rocker ala Keith Richards.
Hardware from Spain. A new Paulownia body finished in tung oil. Tele neck with a carved headstock. Got that twang.
This heavy beast of an alder body guitar started as a rescued New York Pro telecaster.
The jack needed to be re-soldered and the neck was starting to crack. I drove two lag pins into the heel to secure the neck integrity. You can see one of the pin covers in a photo below. I took the logo off, too.
It holds tune and intonates well for a 3-saddle tele.
The action is very low – this was a well designed and solidly built inexpensive guitar.
I intended to replace the neck with a tele neck. Instead I traded the guitar for a Nuno Bettencourt shredder I intend to mod.
These old guitars were built by Tiesco and sold by Sears. The pickups are collectible and traded. The rest not so much.
I replaced the tuners, straightened and leveled the neck and fretboard, and used electrolysis to get the rust off the bridge components.
The finish on the body was impregnable. I concocted a paint-over scheme that turned out pretty well. But not easy.
Nice vintage sound. Everything works and plays. But these were never great guitars so nostalgia has to count for something.