Schecter Van Nuys Serial Numbers
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Up for sale is this Vintage Schecter Van Nuys Era Telecaster w/ a 1 Piece KOA body, and Shedua Neck. I date this guitar to late 70's to maybe as late as 1981.
The story of the neck, is that a dream machine (shop built guitar) was shipped from the factory in Van Nuys, to Germany sometime in 1982. The Jazz musician who purchased it, put heavy strings on it and the action was too high. He complained and the local shop asked Schecter for a new neck.
With the low serial number, I do believe it's closer to 1979 or 1980. If you found this, you likely know about the Schecter Van Nuys Era guitars, if not, it is the first stuff that Schecter was building. A lot of it was custom order to build stuff, out of exotic woods. Most of the early stuff is Fender style builds of either Strats, Teles, Jazz or P Basses. Their complete build stuff was the Dream Machine Series, and would be appointed with Schecter pickups,and typically all Brass hardwear.
I got this guitar in a trade about 5 years ago, and have researched a ton on Vintage Schecter guitars, and have watched the few that come to market over the years. Mine is the best Telecaster I've seen so far. This is the one you will want. This beauty of a guitar is a solid 1 piece Koa Telecaster Body. Look at the pictures of the end grain, you will see it does not break, and is a beautiful piece of Koa at that. I also have scans of the original Schecter catalogs, that confirm the wood code of Koa for the body, and that the neck is Shedua.
It is similar to a mahogany neck from what I feel. The body stamp code is F6290 (will show for Fender Tele KOA wood) The neck stamp code is F7270 (will show for Fender Tele Shedua wood) Overall in great condition considering this really doesn't have much of a finish on it. There is some wear and tear on it, and little nicks, dings, and chips on the edges, but nothing super unexpected from a guitar that is from this era. Originally, this guitar likely had all the brass components and Schecter pickups in it. Some time long before I got it, the pickups were replaced by what appears to be vintage 70's Fender Tele parts (I do not have any of the original Schecter parts. Wish I did, they'd be amazing to retrofit to this). The bridge pickup is stamped in a style I've seen Fender use in the 70's, but the bottom of the neck pickup is not marked.
The pickguard is an AllParts brand. The holes did not line up to the original pickguard screw holes, but the AllParts guard is only held in place with the 5 screws that do line up (no extra holes drilled). The case I have for this, is a nice Fender Deluxe case. Has the crushed velvet lining, and looks very nice as well. I have attached a ton of pictures, and can answer any questions you may have as well. Hate to see her go, but she needs to find a home where she'll get played a little more often than I get to her. Product Specs Condition: Brand Model Finish Categories Year Made In United States.
Last month, had me thinking. Murkat Jay mentioned that the guitars were ' real close, but not close enough,' but that's the opinion of a guy who actually built Gibsons for a living (legitimately) for years.
I looked the examples he cited and thought, 'Well, that would have fooled me.' But certainly I have been buying and selling long enough to say that I've seen it all at least twice. This couldn't happen to me. In my usual eBay trolling I happen across a Nash Stratocaster. I need another Stratocaster like I need another anus, but I look at it anyway. Ebay, in its infinite wisdom, suggests another Strat, and then another, until I'm looking at some, in which I have zero interest.
Less than zero even, except that in one of the photos is a Schecter Tele. The Schecter is black with white binding. 21 frets on a birds-eye maple neck, Kent Armstrong pickups with inline controls. This isn't one of the Dallas era Schecters. This is like Townshend used to play!
As a, now I WAS interested! And what do you know? Download application for flashing phones.
It's also for sale! The auction said so: ' We also have the Schecter Townshend Telecaster in stock which is also for sale. Feel free to ask any questions.' Now, already the red flags are popping up in my head (and you already know with the benefit of my opening salvo where this is headed), but I ignore them. I ignored my own better judgement because I talked myself into the idea that it's possible I have come across a less-than-educated seller.
In our correspondence, he mentioned that ' the serial number is S8475, and it is in drop-dead excellent beautiful condition which makes me believe that it's not from the 1970's.' Well, now I think I know more than he does. After all, the 'S' serial numbered Schecters were made in Van Nuys, CA until 1983. After that, they moved to 22 fret necks and diagonal controls. Well every Townshend fanboi knows that one of Pete's main stage guitars at the time was S8474! So, I inquire further,, I am quoted $1250 shipped (from Japan), and I call Serial Steve to check to see if my brain is working right. We look at the photos, say, 'Duuuude!'