Fender Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957)

Fender  Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1957)

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Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957), made in Fullerton, California, serial # -22732, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck, original tweed hard shell case.

This lovely second-generation "whiteguard" Telecaster is a superb example of this era's Fender greatness, and an extremely fine playing and sounding guitar for any period. This Tele shows the typical features for this specific period, including the single ply white plastic pickguard (standard by 1955, replacing the earlier "blackguard") and on the headstock the old script Fender logo decal positioned above the newer "butterfly" style string tree.

The grainy ash body has a just barely yellowed "white" blonde finish, not as dark as the earlier '50s style but more transparent than the typical early 1960s version. The one-piece maple neck is dated 10-57 has a medium soft "V" profile, not as sharp as some from this year. The serial number stamped on the neck plate is on the bottom edge and preceded by a "- minus sign", a double oddity specific to 1957 -- probably a stamper's error on this large batch of plates that the very frugal Leo Fender saw no reason not to use!

This guitar's wiring rig has the original components -- the pots are dated to the 4th week of 1957 -- but as with many old Telecasters has been altered to the post-1967 standard switch format of neck/both/bridge pickup selection in place of the original that features the "mud cap" deep rhythm setting and no pickup blend. Most players find this to be a sonic advantage, though now we are generally loath to alter an early Fender this was done long ago and is now guilt-free!

The staggered pole piece pickup back at the bridge is quite powerful with a rather microphonic twang that has a lot of detail in the sound. The neck pickup is not quite as strong but also has a nicely defined tone, providing an excellent blend. This is a very snarly guitar, a great sounding Tele on the more aggressive side and a joy to play.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This Telecaster shows some average play wear but remains in very fine original condition. There is wear and some chipping to the lacquer on the body, mostly to the edges as is typical with the slab-sided Telecaster. The neck finish also shows the standard play wear typical of these early thin lacquer necks, with spots worn through to the maple on the fingerboard and some wear down to the wood on the back. The white plastic pickguard has only very slight shrinkage but also some minor darkening to part of the face.

As noted above, the wiring rig has been re-soldered to allow a two-pickup blend, but except for the removed "deep rhythm" capacitor the components are still original. All the original hardware is intact, including the chrome bridge cover and original tweed case. Yet another fantastic 1950s Telecaster, a prime example of what made Fender the world standard in the first place! Overall Excellent - Condition.