Patching a hole in a 1953 Telecaster

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Issue 274 November 03, 2016

This is an original 1953 Telecaster that someone routed holes in. Looks like it was modified to hold a Bigsby vibrato. Dan Erlewine replaces the missing wood with a darned good match so this guitar can go back on the vintage market.

About the guitar in this video: This Tele body is from 1953. In order to sell the guitar, the owner wants to restore it to nearly-original condition.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Whatever happened to this guitar?!
  • How to match the grain on a wood patch
  • Routing the body to accept the patch
  • Distressing the finish for a relic look

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