Used by Lee:
198? (earlier?) -- EADECD/EADGBE
1983 -- EADECD/EADGBE (World Looks Red, Confusion is Sex, Shaking Hell, Making the Nature Scene, I Wanna Be Yr Dog, The Good and the Bad)
1985 -- D#D#C#C#GG (I Love Her All The Time) & EADECD/EADGBE (World Looks Red, Confusion is Sex, Making the Nature Scene, Burning Spear)
1986 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Burning Spear) & EADECD (World Looks Red)
1987 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
1989 -- F#F#GGAA (White Kross) EADECD (World Looks Red) & EADGBE (I Wanna Be Yr Dog)
1990 -- EEBBEF# (Dirty Boots) & F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
1991 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
1992 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Drunken Butterfly)
1993 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross, Drunken Butterfly)
1995 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
1996 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
1999 -- F#F#GGAA (Tom Violence, White Kross)
STOLEN 1999, RETURNED 2005
2006 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Rats, Jams Run Free)
2007 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Rats, Jams Run Free)
2008 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Jams Run Free)
2009 -- D#A#D#BC#F# (Jams Run Free)
I've received comments about this being a Thinline Telecaster, since that model had Tele Deluxe pick-ups installed towards the end of its run. However, what is with the jumbo headstock in the earliest pix ('81)?
Lee owned this early '70s Tele Deluxe for nearly 20 years, dating back to pre-Sonic Youth days. It was his primary "screwdriver guitar" in the early 80s, shuffled tunings in the late 80s and basically remained in F#GA until it was stolen on July 4th, 1999 in California. It was surprisingly returned to the band in 2005 along with his 'Target' Travis Bean, which was in considerably worse condition. The Tele was returned to playable condition and though 'Shaking Hell' and 'World Looks Red' became staples of the 'Rather Ripped' tour, this guitar was instead used in a new tuning for 2 Rather Ripped tunes.
Gauges: .046 .046 .026 .026 .017 .017 (F#GA)
Brown finish before theft, now blue
Originally had a maple fretboard neck, which was replaced with a rosewood fretboard neck at some point between 1987 and 1989
Originally had no pickguard, pearl pickguard added in 1983, black pickguard added circa mid-80s
1 slider switch
Circular sticker (unknown)
USA flag sticker
Serial # -- 370090
Played by Lee in "Death Valley '69" & "Mildred Pierce" videos
Listed as "F.HOLE" on '95 set lists.
Listed as "TELE 2" on '99 set lists.
Kurt Cobain borrowed this guitar to guest with Mudhoney on 'The Money Will Roll Right In' during their opening set for Sonic Youth in Castaic Lake on September 26th, 1992.
Return to the Sonic Youth Gear Guide.
2005 - AFTER IT WAS RETURNED
close-up of body
close-up of tailpiece/bridge pickup
Kurt Cobain playing this guitar during Mudhoney's opening set for SY on 09/26/92