Coincidence? I think not
This Tele Hits The Sweetest Of Sweet Spots.
"Your Tumblr post of the Black on white Tele is what made me follow. I bought this used Silver sparkle American Tele for $300 on eBay in ‘07. I already had a super sweet Violin Burst Swamp ash, but something that I could worry about a little less when I traveled seemed in order.
Turned out the previous owner left out some modifications in his description, the main one being that someone put a coat of clear lacquer of some sort over the finish. Oh it looked great and all, but it weighs a ton. And the sale was as-is, no returns. So I thought I’d start to play with it, maybe beef it up, throw a Bigsby on it.
Turned out, whoever the genius was that put this extra coat on, didn’t wait for it to dry to put the hardware back on, so a lot came off when we took the old bridge off. Still dug it, but still looked a little wimpy for me.
So I threw on this flame control plate to help it out. Now people, including me, were starting to dig it. Problem was, see those knobs with the mother-of-pearl tops? Yeah, they’re not made for this guitar. They’re for an MIJ. The same person bore out the holes to make them fit.So they fit and look nice, but didn’t actually control anything. Which made me determined to make this guitar something special!
So, Duncan Rails at the Mastery bridge, proper fender chrome knobs, a Black Sparkle Pick Guard and some Planet Waves locking tuners later and this is one bad muthah. The day I went to pick her up, the guys at the shop were standing around her. Word was, not only was she a looker, she sounded like nothing else in the shop. She went from the shame of my collection to a my pride Tele Mod.” - Dean LoPata