The shape of the headstock is also a great clue.Agree about the missing dot. Same as my '71. But in the one picture of the back side, I see a volute, vaguely. If so, no earlier than '69. '68 didn't have a volute, that came back in '69.
Although I love (as much as the next guy) the pristine Vintage and new look, I have a strange fascination with the "players grade" guitars. I do not mind honest wear and love the thought that if I pick it up and move it and bang it against the wall or amp or it falls over, "who cares". Take it to the beach with a cheap battery powered amp or toss it in the trunk without a case--"fine". Couple that look and mindset with a really great playing guitar--I love it! I like to troll pawnshops (in Nashville where I live) and start in the corners, NOT where the spotlight shines. That is my mo.Nice mystery.
Whatever it is, it's dreamy! I'd LOVE to rock that!!
Yeah, Man!I like to troll pawnshops (in Nashville where I live) and start in the corners, NOT where the spotlight shines. That is my mo.
Many times I have found that there is a reason why well loved guitars have been "well loved" and it is frequently NOT because they suck. Some of my little "finds" are among the best instruments I have ever played.
Agreed. I never take advantage of an individual. In a store, however, I negotiate my best. In auctions, I feel free to win at the lowest possible price even if it nearly borders on a crime. Full disclosure--when I bought the above pictured "Tele Gib" I was buying it for parts with no intention of it being a GREAT one. I did not even plug it in to see if it worked. It was not tillI got it home that I knew I had a treasureIt always pays to be decent...