Over the past 60+ years, the Fender Telecaster hasn’t wandered too far from its basic configuration, and in its various incarnations has come to be viewed as a reliable workhorse for a widely diverse variety of artists.
The first major change didn’t happen until 1968, when Fender’s Roger Rossmeisl, recruited earlier from Rickenbacker, decided to build a lighter alternative to the basic slab Tele. The result was the Thinline Telecaster.
New appointments on the Thinline included a 12-screw pearloid pickguard, a semi-hollow body, and a bass-side f-hole. Instead of using a cap on the body, Fender sliced the back from pieces of ash or mahogany, routed out chambers, and then put the pieces back together to form the finished semihollow body. The rear-routed guitar weighed about seven pounds and had a maple neck and fretboard, a six-pole single-coil in the bridge and a metal-covered single-coil with two visible height adjustment screws in the neck position. It also included Fender’s original bridge design with brass saddles and through-body stringing.
The guitar listed here is a 1969 model that has been looked after extremely well. The ash body has a lovely grain, highlighted by the natural finish which is in good condition. The pickguard is the pearloid “Mother Of Toilet Seat” style that Fender used widely the late ’60’s. The neck is the single piece maple design re-introduced by the company in 1968, with the clear poly finish typical of the period.
This is a fairly rare instrument, a nice early example of this excellent Fender design. The single coil pickup Thinlines are particularly sought after, and rarely come onto the market. This configuration was only featured on Thinlines made in 1968 and 1969, before they changed to humbuckers.
And what a set of pickups these are. The neck unit is clean and clear, with lots of woody Fender tone. But the bridge pickup is something special. We have listed a lot of nice sounding Teles here at PREMIER GUITARS, but the bridge pickup on this one is quite exceptional. It is punchy and fat, with some powerful bite and super focused vintage Tele tone that will cut through any band mix. We could go on, but you’ve just got to hear it to accept that there are some good Tele pickups, and there are some that are simply outstanding.
Everything on this instrument appears to be completely original with the following exceptions
- the pickguard has at some time sported an extra control, but the configuration is now back to standard. The hole has been expertly repaired and you can hardly see it except under bright light at a specific angle
- it has had an expert refret by respected Sydney luthier Piers Crocker
- Piers also installed a high quality bone nut
- an extra string tree hole on the headstock that has been filled
This is a super clean genuine vintage Fender classic, a splendid example of a great design with only some very minor wear. This guitar is rather light at under 7 lbs and plays like a dream with great snappy tone – proof that not all the good ideas at Fender expired when Leo left.
Comes in non original Gator tweed hard case in good condition.