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Anyone ever see a Special checkerboard logo with no USA ? Also anyone have a pic of the first Special ?

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Nope.

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Is someone trying to sell you a Special with a suspicious logo?  There are reproduction logos out there.  Someone may have got it wrong.

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Repaired neck maybe refined head ?

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Done in crayon?

That looks really bad.

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Agree,   The logo size looks off too.   I don’t think the letters normally get obscured by tuner washers.     
 

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1 hour ago, northarrow said:

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I suspected that was the one you were asking about.
There is an untold story there, and I'm guessing it doesn't have a happy ending.
Either way, there should be a "USA" there, to answer your original question.

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Here's one of the headstock from my former '80 (along with the ISO Phantom).

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5 hours ago, northarrow said:

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Yep - that is NOT a legit Hamer logo transfer.

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 I saw that guitar on Reverb before it sold. 

Guitar looks to be a legit USA checkerboard logo Special...but obviously there is the changed bridge, pickups, and the headstock repair.

My take is that the headstock was refinished at the time of the repair (hence the missing serial number as well) & they did the best they could at replicating the checkerboard logo & overlooked the USA part of the logo.

 

 

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That’s my take on it . I own a bunch of checkerboard specials so I new it was legit . I’ve got a sustain block bridge and correct pickups for it . 

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^ crazy lookin bridge.

 

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