NOGD 1959 Double Cut Special TV Yellow

modavis99

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My first vintage piece. I’m a player, not a collector, but my friend has a stake in a vintage dealership and they had an event near me. I knew they were bringing this guitar and I was curious. I brought my amp, plugged it in and ... well, that was it. This particular old guitar sounds fantastic. I like the fact it has a heel repair. It means I can play the guitar and not worry I will be the first to break it.

I think everything is all original including the frets. The frets are low but I’m getting used to them. The neck reads 8.2, the bridge reads 8.6, the Max reading on bridge vol pot is 172 and max reading on neck vol pot is 164. Weight is 7.5 pounds.

Is there anything anyone can tell me about this guitar or model? How many did they make in 59? I’m more curious than anything else

Also the neck volume and tone pots are scratchy in a few spots on the knobs. Is there a recommended thing that people do on vintage pieces to get rid of the scratchy/ness

I’ve attached some pics I hope that’s ok

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Very nice, congratulations!
Simply swirling the pots around should do the trick without the need of anything more invasive.
 

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What a beautiful beast of a guitar. :shock:

I would still be careful, like I would with any guitar. :thumb:

Congratulations. :applause:
 

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Super Cool!
:thumb:

I have used "contact cleaner" before on pots and it works great.
Comes in a can with a mini-straw to aim in the holes.
 

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Looks great, it sounds and plays great....a perfect guitar to buy.
 

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According to AR Duchossoir, 1821 LP Specials were made in 1959. No breakdown of how many were TV finished.
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I believe that is an early 59. About mid year they figured out that the neck pickup pocket was too close to the edge which caused it to weaken and crack and moved it about a half inch further down.
 

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I believe that is an early 59. About mid year they figured out that the neck pickup pocket was too close to the edge which caused it to weaken and crack and moved it about a half inch further down.
There were a few changes through '59 with the control layout and neck join, but the neck pickup in relation to the neck pocket essentially remained unchanged. It wasn't until 1960 that they finally got serious about addressing the problem by moving the pickup back.
 

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Simply swirling the pots around should do the trick without the need of anything more invasive.
+1 on this solution for “scratchy” pots. At least try it first.

Keep actuating the offending pot and it will usually clean up. Especially if it makes that sound in one or two spots. Then actuate them occasionally when playing. I try not use contact cleaner/lubricant unless it won’t clean up on its on.
 

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My first vintage piece. I’m a player, not a collector, but my friend has a stake in a vintage dealership and they had an event near me. I knew they were bringing this guitar and I was curious. I brought my amp, plugged it in and ... well, that was it. This particular old guitar sounds fantastic. I like the fact it has a heel repair. It means I can play the guitar and not worry I will be the first to break it.

I think everything is all original including the frets. The frets are low but I’m getting used to them. The neck reads 8.2, the bridge reads 8.6, the Max reading on bridge vol pot is 172 and max reading on neck vol pot is 164. Weight is 7.5 pounds.

Is there anything anyone can tell me about this guitar or model? How many did they make in 59? I’m more curious than anything else

Also the neck volume and tone pots are scratchy in a few spots on the knobs. Is there a recommended thing that people do on vintage pieces to get rid of the scratchy/ness

I’ve attached some pics I hope that’s ok

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Uh-muh-gud...I'm sittin' here almost in tears, I miss my '59 Special so bad...nice haul...
You're right, that WAS it, hearing it...
Nice grab...
 


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