Ahead of his time…and wrong This is when O’Hagan’s intuition yielded two major ideas, both of which were about twenty years ahead of their time and proved dead wrong for that point in guitar history.The first idea was that there was no reason a good, affordable guitar couldn’t be produced here in the United States.With this blog post I just want to make you aware of a possible sound loss due to a wrong setup.
As is true with most vintage guitars that show a fair amount of wear, this Tele sounds like a good one – the owner describes it as “having a terrific tone and playability!
” The Tele currently has a newer Black pickguard installed for the “Blackguard” look, but the guitar does come with the original White pickguard.
This lasted for a few years, but by 1978 O’Hagan had begun to realize that the times they were a changin’.
As O’Hagan himself puts it, “John Denver was no longer on the charts.” Besides that, believe it or not, the life of an importer/distributor isn’t a road paved with gold, and O’Hagan was tired of always being at the mercy of his supplier, who would always give preference to the orders of the biggest customers with the most dealers.
So we now know there are 2 surviving factory Left Handed Teles from this period!