A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Born in 1950, the Telecaster was the first production model electric guitar of the legendary Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. This dynamic workhorse has served legends, rock stars, and regular players with equal reliability throughout its more than a half-century of production. The Tele’s simple design of a slab body with two single-coil pick-ups and a maple neck has gone largely unchanged through decades of optimization and updating; a true mainstay of the guitar world.
Dating and Originality
With a neck and body refinish, this instrument is sure to present some questions about originality. First and most obviously, the neck plate serial number, 22666, dates to 1957. Next, the pot codes, 304701, are consistent with the 1st week of 1957, and the body date was preserved and reads “57”. The neck date reads “9-5_” with a hint of a pencil mark going horizontally in the space next to the five, which is consistent with 1957, as Fender’s pencil dates between 1954-59 were formatted M-YY, which at least places the neck in the ‘50s. Thus, we can confidently place this guitar in 1957. All dates and codes are pictured above.
The guitar retains all of its original parts, save for a new pickguard and a headstock decal. The solder joints on the pots were, of course, redone after the refinish, and the bridge pick-up had to be rewound by our talented in-house tech due to previous damage. Our tech did take care to use enamel coated 42 AWG wire, in keeping with the exact type used on vintage Fenders. Lastly, the original tuners had been removed and reinstalled, leaving behind faint screw-holes in the top right corners of the Klusons.
This instrument is in very good playing condition, but it does show significant checking across the body, which indicates that the refinish was done long ago. This guitar plays amazingly, with plenty of mojo and vibe to spare. With a nice low action, it makes it easy to pull off your favorite licks with that definitive vintage tone. The soft V neck is straight and feels great in the hand; there is some fret-wear as to be expected, but it still responds well and is quite fast. The sound is gorgeous, with a snappy twang in the bridge and a smooth neck sound that sounds perfect for blues licks. A perfect player piece, this instrument has had a long life of playing and is ready to continue that life in the hands of its next owner. Includes original hard-shell case and inspection papers by Gruhn Guitars.
Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz.
Nut width: 1 ⅝”
7/10 (very good condition) 1957 Made in the USA
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