Fender Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1967)

Fender  Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1967)
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Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 193493, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck with maple fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This nicely preserved blonde Telecaster was built just over two years after Fender became CBS/Fender and still retains an older feel in the Leo tradition, shortly to be compromised in many ways. Apart from some wiring work it remains completely original. The stamped neck date is April 1967 and the pots are coded to the 18th week of 1966. The features of the Telecaster in this era include the older-style blonde lacquer finish, a 3-ply laminated white plastic pickguard (replacing the earlier white single-layer and subsequent green nitro versions), and a headstock with the older style "transition" logo decal and the about-to-be-phased out Kluson tuners.

This Tele has the then fairly new option of a "maple cap" fingerboard in place of the standard rosewood version. Some players (notably Buck Owens and Don Rich) petitioned Fender in the mid-1960s to make the 1950's style maple fingerboard again, and using a separate maple cap was an easy way of honoring those requests without having to re-tool production. Eventually, this became such a popular option that in late 1968 the company re-introduced the original '50s style one-piece maple neck. When this Telecaster was made in spring '67 the maple neck was still a custom order option, and thus is rather rarer than the rosewood alternative. These "maple cap" Telecasters are often considered a connoisseur's specialty Fender.

This Tele has an ash body that handles perfectly and resonates nicely, and a very comfortable slim round-backed neck. At 6.97 Lbs. this is a very handy Tele, miles away from the much heavier feel of many '68 and later CBS-era examples. it is simply a delightful mid-'60s feeling Tele gem, from the last moments they really retain their Pre-CBS character before changes like the big decal, F-tuners and heavier Poly finishes arrive. It appears fairly lightly used and offering excellent playability with a classic tone that characterizes many mid- '60s examples. This is the second example we have had recently from this same month with the exact same features, and both have proved wonderful guitars.
 
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.)., 6.97 lbs.

This Tele shows signs of light use and remains all original guitar except for some re-wiring in the cavity. It was long ago wired up in the "studio" configuration (As favored by Eric Weisberg) having the control plate reversed with the switch to the rear and the volume and tone controls exchanged to allow easier volume manipulation and "violining" effects. This resulted in some cutting, splicing and multiple re-done solder joints. The guitar has now been restored using original components, neatly wired with vintage cloth wire to the 1967-correct "modern" spec. so the two pickups can be blended. The pickups, pots, switch and jack are all correct, the only alteration is to some wire and solder joints. This makes for a fairly rare example of a cloth-wired Tele that needs no further alteration to blend the pickups as most players prefer.

The original fairly thin lacquer finish on the body has some minimal checking with small dings and chips along the edges (typical for slab-sided Fenders) but little wear beyond that. The face has yellowed a bit, and the back has some light marks but is free of the common buckle wear. The maple fingerboard shows some small worn through spots along its length; the lacquer on the back of the neck has only light wear with a few tiny dings. The headstock face has light checking and the decal has a couple of small flakes on the Fender logo.

All hardware is original and in excellent shape with some minor plating wear; only the snap-on "ashtray" bridge cover is missing. The steel saddles show some very minor corrosion. The pickguard has some light shrinkage but no cracks or popped corners at the screws. The original thin frets show some light wear but nothing that impedes play. Overall this is a really great-feeling and sounding '67 Telecaster, the last of the "old breed" with mojo to spare in the original black Tolex "no-tail logo" Fender HSC. Overall Excellent Condition.