Here’s a funky 30 year old American Tele with lots of positive appeal. This one just feels mighty good when you pick it up, settles into your hands, plays effortlessly and sounds the business.
This one is definitely a player guitar – that is, it’s been played (a lot) by a busy pro who worked primarily in the Aussie country scene. And that explains the interesting list of signatures to be found adorning its top. They include the actual autographs of –
Troy Cassar Daley
After careful examination, we believe this Tele still has its natural Fender finish intact, and that its previous owner has actually sprayed over the signatures with a clear coat to “protect” them.
So if a subsequent owner decided to clean this overspray and the signatures off, they would be left with a 30 year old Fender natural finish. The back and sides of the body certainly appear to have the original natural finish intact.
Other modifications include –
A Dimarzio TL bridge pickup
An extra Tele neck pickup installed in the middle position
Modified pickguard to accommodate the middle pickup
5 way switch with gold coloured tip
A mini toggle switch which reverses the phase of the middle pickup
Output socket and plate
Everything else appears to be original as from the factory. These E Series (1980’s) Fenders reflected a period when the brand really got its act together. Manufacturing standards were raised, design improvements implemented, and these instruments are now garnering the interest they deserve from players & collectors worldwide.
The guitar is in good playing condition. Action is medium low and it plays comfortably in all positions. It could use a fret dress, but there is plenty of life left in the original medium jumbo frets. The Fender branded closed back tuners are strong and stable, truss rod works properly, and all controls are smooth and quiet. The extra pickup and phase switch actually combine nicely to provide an interesting palette of sounds – all very useable.
This had been a go-to guitar for a pro musician, and its condition and playability reflect its status as his preferred work-dog over many years.
All in all, a very good player grade guitar that could be easily brought back to its former natural cosmetics with a little care and skill. Or you could keep it as is, and have a few (made up) stories to tell about those autographs.
Weight is relatively light at 7.8 lbs
Comes in its Fender hard case in worn but useable condition.