NOTE: These are not our guitars; just saving the images for history and showcasing what's out there.

Monday, July 23, 2012

1955 FENDER TELECASTER


via this auction where you'll find more pics.
pearlbaileyblue (RSS)

"1955 FENDER TELECASTER
100% ORIGINAL EXCEPT FOR PROFESSIONAL
RESTORATION OF ORIGINAL FINISH
AND NEWER FENDER HARDSHELL CASE"


YouTube Published on Jul 10, 2012 by musiccitypickers

"Here for your inspection is a truly incredible and vintage 1955 Fender Telecaster that is 100% original, with the exception of the finish - which was professionally restored to its original transparent blonde Fender finish - a non-original white pickup selector switch tip, and a newer black Fender hardshell case from either the late 1960s or early 1970s. EVERYTHING else on this incredible guitar is 100% original - and yes that includes the neck, tuners, body, pickguard, pickups, electronics, jack, knobs and bridge ashtray.

When we purchased the guitar, the previous owner had every intention of restoring the original finish to the guitar. When he began the process, he found out that over the course of the guitar's 57-year life, it had been painted at least three times - once Lake Placid Blue, once Yellow, and the last time some shade of Red (probably Fiesta Red). However, when he began removing the older layers of paint, it was obvious to any trained eye that the original finish was, indeed, Fender's transparent Blonde finish from the 1950s. But like many busy people with very busy lives, the project was put on the back burner and never completed by the previous owner. When we purchased the guitar, we decided to complete the process and have the guitar restored to its original Fender Transparent Blonde Finish. The work was done right here in Nashville by one of the city's finest luthiers, and the finished product simply looks incredible. You really have to see it up close to fully appreciate the time and effort that went into restoring this finish so that it mirrors the look of the rest of this incredible 1955 Telecaster.

If you look closely at the pictures below, you will see that there is slight aging that was done to the finish. However, it was not aged to the point where it looks fake. The actual result is quite the contrary, in fact. The finish features very natural-looking lacquer checking lines which complement the natural aging of the neck and other original parts of this legendary guitar. The professional refinish on this Telecaster complements it ... it does not deter from it in any way. In fact, many people that see the guitar in our store are pretty amazed when we reveal that it's not the guitar's original finish. That's how good of a job was done by our local pro luthier.

As we stated before, every other part of this incredible and very collectible Telecaster (except for the white pickup selector switch and case) is 100% original. The pickups sounds truly amazing, and all of the electronics work as they should, including the original three-position selector switch.

You would have to pay at least twice our asking price to get a Telecaster from this era, and possibly more. We feel that the price on this 1955 example is not only fair, but actually a pretty dang good bargain! Especially considering what some of these have recently sold for.

The serial number on this beauty is located on the back Fender neck plate (6536), and the number penciled on the bottom of the neck is "7-55". Everything dates this incredible piece of history to 1955. There are no issues with it.

The guitar comes housed in a later period Fender black hardshell case, most likely because the original case simply fell apart. The case, however, is an original Fender case from either the late 1960s or early 1970s..."


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