Fender Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Fender  Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1966)
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Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 174571, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This lovely Telecaster was built less than two years after Fender became CBS/Fender, and is still a wonderful instrument in the grand Leo tradition. The neck date is November 1966 and the visible pot date is the 13th week of that year. The evolving features of the Telecaster in this specific era include a 3-ply laminated white plastic pickguard (replacing the earlier white single-layer and subsequent green nitro versions) with the old-style thin white/blonde lacquer finish, a thin-lam rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dots, a new in 1966 "transition" logo decal and the old-style Kluson tuners.

This Tele has a very light ash body that handles perfectly and resonates for days, and a very comfortable slim round-backed neck. At only 6.62 Lbs. (With the bridge cover ON!) this is one of the lightest, handiest Telecasters we have encountered in a while. This is simply a delightful mid-'60s Tele gem, from the last year they really retain their Pre-CBS character befote the F-tuners and heavier finishes arrive. It remains all original offering excellent playability and a slightly smoother less spikey tone than many later '60s examples. It is still housed in its original black Tolex HSC, also very clean for its age.
Overall length is 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 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 an all original and relatively clean Tele, with some minor wear but no repairs or alterations. The original thin lacquer finish has some wear on the edges (typical for slab-sided Fenders) and mostly on the back but the face is relatively clean except for small dings and dents and a small finger wear spot under the treble side of the bridge. The neck finish has just light wear to the wood on the edges. The original frets show hardly any wear at all. There is a small chip off the back of the switch tip. This is a superb playing and sounding all-original Telecaster, strangely hard to find in the 2020s! Overall Excellent Condition.