Fender Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Fender  Telecaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)
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Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 101091, Blonde lacquer re- finish, ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, period black hard shell case.

This great playing and sounding 1965 Telecaster has had an apparently eventful life, lately restored by a master to excellent playing (and looking!) condition. It was long ago stripped down but now has a beautiful "light relic" Blonde restoration refinish on the body by J. Black, former Fender Custom Shop Master Builder and one of the world's foremost experts on the care and healing of old Fenders. He detailed the work as follows:

"This 1965 Fender Telecaster was missing the original pickups, pickguard, switch and case, stripped to hippie wood natural when I bought it to restore. The neck is 100% original including the finish, tuners, string tree, decal, frets, and pearloid fret markers. The neck is a nice C shape, with a very nice looking Brazilian fingerboard. The neck is .800 at the first fret to .950 at the 12th fret. I did a light fret dress and it still has good frets. The tuners, string clip, neck screws, neck plate, strings ferrules, jack ferrule, and strap buttons are all original.

"The body had a humbucker route and 4 small screw holes in the top of the guitar, reason unknown. I repaired the route, refinished the body and it now has a re-issue neck pickup and an early '70s Telecaster bridge pickup that sounds quite good. The rear tone pot is original, the volume pot is a later era Fender, the switch is a modern Switchcraft 3-way. The pickguard is a single-layer reissue. The bridge is era correct with spiral saddles, the bridge mounting screws are reissue.

"Someone who loves Robyn Ford, Mike Bloomfield, Steve Cropper, Robbie Robertson, and Keith Richards can get their '60s blond Tele mojo going."

To that we can add this is simply a great feeling, playing and sounding Telecaster, lovingly restored by the best in the business. The neck date stamp is 3 APR 65B, just a few months into the CBS era. The tone pot is coded 137-6534 (34th week of 1965) while the volume pot is from 1986, stamped 137 8635. The neck plate is one of the first "F" stamped pieces with an early 6-digit serial number, less than 1100 numbers into that run. The Telecaster was just beginning to enjoy a revival of popularity in 1965 and examples from this year are not as rare as early-1960's versions but much harder to find than those from later in the decade.

This exceptional player's Telecaster comes in an original era correct black Tolex Fender case. A CD with extensive photo documentation of the before and after restoration process is included. It feels fantastic and definitely has its mojo working!
 
Overall length is 38 7/8 in. (98.7 cm.), 12 13/16 in. (32.5 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.).

As noted this guitar has been extensively restored to excellent playing condition. This includes the filled Humbucker rout in the neck position of the body, small filled extra screw holes in the top and a refinish in the correct nitrocellulose lacquer that has been given a "light relic" treatment to match the neck finish. The neck finish remains original but has been buffed out just a bit a bit, with some small dings to the back. The original control plate, knobs and bridge saddles show some typical corrosion but all work as intended.

The reissue pickguard is a single-layer type more correct for 1964 and earlier Telecasters, but does not look out of place. The older Fender but not original bridge PU sounds excellent, very much in character with the original mid-1965 unit that would have originally come with this guitar. The reissue neck PU sounds good as well; this guitar also presents an opportunity to load up with custom or individually preferred pickups if desired, without breaking any original solder joints or devaluing anything.

This is an excellent player's piece; the refinish is extremely accurate and the guitar looks very authentic. The fingerboard shows some wear but the original frets still have plenty of life left in them. At 7.75 Lbs. it is heavier than some '60s Telecasters but handles extremely well. Whatever "hippie era" adventures this old Fender has had it is now back to its original appearance and sound, a classic Telecaster all the way. Restored to Excellent Condition.