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Not-a-fender Telenotacaster Indonesian thin line guitar

Strings: 012 - 017 - 022 plain - 036 - 046 - 056

Can't be a Fender because it is a piece of junk. But it does sound great. Ash body has been  painted seafoam green. The neck has a maple fretboard laminated to a maple neck, and not a very good lamination job at that. The body was a '72 type of body accommodating two humbuckers and the regular '72 thinline style bridge. Then somebody decided to make it like a '69 thinline. So they drilled holes and added gromets so the '69 style bridge with through the body strings could be added. Problem is that the bridge is just floating over a hole with very little wood underneath. Also, the bridge was placed too close to the neck, so the bridge saddle screws actually sit on top of the bridge screws.  The  pickguard is a cheap - warped piece of junk cut by a non-expert. 

The good news is that it has a Dimarzio Fast Trak T pickup in the bridge and a Duncan Quarter Pounder pickup in the neck. Mike says you could put these pickups in a fence post with barb wire and it would sound great.

Mike used this not-a-tele tuned to Open E on "Baby Please Don't Go", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "Rock Me Baby" with a heavy brass slide; the funky rhythm guitar on "Good Morning Little School Girl" is this guitar too. 

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