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Monday, January 13, 2014


via this auction

"For sale is this vintage 1966 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 125358, is in near mint 100% all original condition and includes the original case, as well as, the original ash tray bridge cover! While Fender's standard finish for the majority of their models was Sunburst, it would seem to be a logical conclusion that the Telecaster too would often be finished in a Sunburst color. Ironically, however, Sunburst is one of the rarest custom colors for a standard Telecaster or Esquire, and happening upon a non-custom (no binding) example of either a Tele or Esquire in such a finish is impossibly rare. In fact, custom colors, such as; Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White, Black, and even Ice Blue Metallic are perhaps more common than Sunburst. What is even more exciting is the absolutely breathtaking (nearly perfectly preserved) cosmetic condition of this example. With no weather-checking, and no wear, the body presents just as perfectly today as it would have nearly 50 years ago. Fender collectors and dealers alike, do not miss this opportunity, because I feel it may be impossible to discover a better example of such a rare variety!

Serial Number: 125358 (F Plate)
Neck Stamp: 3 FEB 66 B
Pot Codes: 137 6609 (CTS)
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 5.80Ω (bridge), 6.59Ω (neck)

Produced during an active transition between pre-CBS methods and those more regularly employed during the late-60′s CBS-era, this very early '66 Tele features all pre-CBS appointments, including: all nitrocellulose finishing techniques, cloth wiring, and traditional spec parts. As mentioned, it features a transitional logo decal, a rare Brazilian Rosewood cap fingerboard, a gray bobbin bridge pickup, "Double Line" Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, all original hardware, and the original hard shell case. The original factory large frets and comfortable neck profile make this Telecaster one of the best playing and sounding Teles to be made during the '60s.

Many enthusiasts hold the aesthetic of a Tele Custom in high regard, being the only double-bound electric solidbody Fender offered, it is both unique and incredibly attractive. And while I couldn't agree more, there is something super sexy about a non-bound Sunburst Tele. The body profile is more pronounced, seemingly more bold, and incredibly beautiful. It doesn't sport sharp edges, and has a perfectly contoured frame. While I'm an admittedly huge Tele Custom fan, it took me only a slight deliberation to decide upon this version being my favorite.

This example is in near perfect 100% all original condition. It was recently purchased through a broker who got it from the original owner. The pickguard displays only the slightest indication of shrinkage, which is astounding considering even clean guitars from this era have cracked and warped guards. The neck exhibits the usual weather-checking pattern, there is minimal neck wear, and barely visible fret wear. Aside from a couple insignificant dings from storage only, this guitar is extremely well preserved."

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