Fender Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1967)
Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 187804, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck with maple cap fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case. Item # 7605
This nicely preserved Telecaster was built just over two years after Fender became CBS/Fender, and is still a wonderful instrument in the grand Leo tradition. The neck date is May 1967 and the pots codes date to the 34th week of 1966. This guitar shows several older features specific to this era, when much at Fender was in transition to the more "CBS" look of the late '60's. The 3-ply laminated white plastic pickguard is a newer feature, replacing the earlier white single-layer and subsequent green nitro versions. The body shows a slightly heavier and "yellower" blonde lacquer finish compared to the typical '66 example, but still has grain visible on the top and back. The neck features a laid-on maple fingerboard-this was still a custom order feature in 1967, the full '50's style one-piece maple neck would return in the summer of '68. The headstock is adorned with the older small gold "transition" logo decal (soon replaced with a large black logo by CBS so the guitar would be more recognizable on TV) and the old-style Kluson deluxe tuners, discontinued in favor of the Fender-made "F plate" tuners not long after this guitar was made. The bridge is equipped with the old-style serrated saddles, another feature about to be changed when it was assembled. This Tele has a medium light (just under 8 LB) ash body that handles perfectly, and a very comfortable neck with recent refret but finish work to the fingerboard only, the back still carries the older 1960's lacquer finish, much thinner than the Polyester used the next year. A super twangy Tele, sounding typical of its era and a treat to play today!
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 12 5/8 in. (32.1 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 is a very attractive guitar; there is some light wear (mostly dings and dents to the edges) but overall the finish still has a nice clean look with some very light checking and rubs through the topcoat in some spots. The neck has been refretted (it appears recently) with correct size wire but of stainless steel, with a re-done finish to the fingerboard only. The work is very neat and well done-the original frets and nut are preserved in a plastic bag in the case. The finish on the back of the neck is worn down to that perfect "used Fender' feel-a vibe the company would lose the next year by switching to a Polyester neck finish. The original Kluson tuners have been re-installed (it looks like Grovers were on at some point) and a second string tree removed from the headstock-once again very cleanly done. All pickups and electronics are original except for a newer jack (once again the original is included). All other hardware is original except the pickguard, which is of the correct 3-ply style but appears somewhat later origin, and a newer repro switch tip. There is one small "classic" cigarette burn to the bass edge of the headstock below the low E tuner. All-in-all a cool '60's Telecaster with some minor alteration in its history but now looking, playing and sounding great again. Excellent Condition.
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