07-13-2013 02:20 PM
I won this on ebay today. It's telecopy made in Japan. It's my favorite color for a tele and its a toploader which I think is cool..
07-13-2013 02:48 PM - edited 07-13-2013 02:50 PM
Nice one! Do the tuning machines feel sturdy enough to keep it in tune?
07-13-2013 09:07 PM
harold heckuba wrote:
I used to have one in the 90's. Mine was plywood.
I had one as well. Seems like mine had better looking tuners and was definitely not plywood. It sounded fantastic and stayed in tune, but I eventually unloaded it because the strings came in too close to the body for my liking.
07-14-2013 08:45 AM
Looks sweet - congrats.
I looked into El Degas a while back when I was contemplating a super-strat. All google ref's say those are plywood builds. The super-strat definetly was - I checked the control cavities. IMHO 99.9% of sound from a solid-body electric comes from electronics, strings, amp, etc. with body wood being way down on the list, so it only really matters at resale. I have a plywood bodied strat with high-end electronics and it sounds as stratty as any strat you're going to find. Plywood tends to be a bit heavier IME.
07-14-2013 03:23 PM - edited 07-14-2013 03:26 PM
Thanks for the posts. This guitar is very similar to this Raven Tele in the video below.
I don't think these FujiGen made teles were made of plywood but I cold be wrong. I have a friend at the Telecaster Forum who is rebuilding another one so I will ask him.
07-14-2013 10:27 PM
Congratulations. Happy (Pending) New Guitar Day. Let us know what you think when it arrives.
07-21-2013 08:53 AM - edited 07-21-2013 09:15 AM
Here is how this tele was listed in the 1973 El Degas catalog as:
"863 solid body guitar.The original solid body design that has been proven for over 20 years, now at an incredibly low price".
List price in 1973 was $150...hmm how much was a Fender Tele in 1973?
Anyway,the Post office delivered it on Wednesday.Came in a a First Act VW gigbag,lol.
It looks beautiful and plays great but there was one big problem: Something is wrong with the bridge pickup.The output is only about 10% what it should be.
I took it to Ted Vig(the luthier who fixes my guitars) and he said it may have a broken coil or the magnet became demagnetized. I sent an email to the Ebay seller I bought it from and he told me he has an original replacement pickup for this guitar which measures 9.6k ohms. He sent it to me so I should get it tommorrow.
This guitar has a beautiful maple neck. The fretboard looks like birds-eye maple and the fretmarkers look like abalone. The body is wood(not ply) but it is a 2 piece sandwich construction.The knobs are Gibson "tophats".
07-26-2013 11:06 PM - edited 07-27-2013 12:30 AM
I got my tele back today. My friend Ted fixed the original bridge pickup(it didn't need to be rewound).Good thing he was able to fix it because the replacement pickup the seller sent is a neck pickup.
A standard tele bridge pickup wont fit in this bridge. He also put in 2 CTS pots and changed the wiring(originally it was wired as both pickups out of phase in the middle position). Put some tele knobs on too.
These are the old ones,only one is original
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