Occasionally something very special and very rare makes an appearance at PREMIER GUITARS. Here is an instrument that qualifies in every way.
This is a unique & quite early “Toploader” Tele. Starting in late ’58, Fender introduced a combined bridge/tailpiece with three threaded steel saddles and strings terminating at the ridge on the back of the base plate rather than going through the body. This reverted back to the “string through body” setup in 1960.
This amazing vintage Fender Telecaster is 100% original and in near mint condition. It is also one of the best sounding Teles we’ve ever heard. The bridge pickup in particular is a thing of rare beauty, with unique 50’s Fender bark & bite, it sounds amazing through any amp.
While string through body Teles are the norm, the rare top loader versions have quite a following. Enthusiasts say they have more pop & bite to the tone, and slightly less string tension which some players prefer. Whichever way you view it, a very early Fender Toploader Tele like this is quite unique and very hard to find – especially in this condition.
The guitar is in excellent condition, with almost no player wear.
The body is one piece ash with original nitro finish in excellent condition. Some very fine age checking is seen on the body finish, but with very few chips & dings. The blue-ish grain of the ash shows beautifully through the blond finish. Virtually no rear buckle rash and no tarnishing to speak of on any of the metal parts.
The neck is one piece maple with rear skunk stripe and a few small wear marks on the first frets. The finish on the back of the neck is pristine, with original gloss, and no wear. Very comfortable soft “C” profile with frets stamped directly into the neck.
An interesting side note: Many fans marvel at how Jimmy Page got such a big beefy tone from a Telecaster in the early Zep days. Jimmy’s Tele (the Dragon tele) is a 59 Telecaster, but if you look at photos you’ll find that Jimmy set it up as a top loader. It did have string pockets in the back and was made for string-through-body, but close up photos show that Jimmy did string that guitar as a top loader.
21 original frets in excellent condition.
Black dot position markers.
Single “butterfly” string tree.
Pristine headstock decal with “Fender” spaghetti logo in silver with black trim and “Telecaster” in black below it.
Four-bolt neck plate with serial number 30XX4 = 1958
Neck date is 10 / 58
Original pots date to June 1958
Neck pickup – original with 7.5k output
Bridge pickup is original with staggered pole-pieces with an output of 7.7k
Single-layer white plastic pick-guard with five screws
Original volume & tone circuit – no solder changes
3 way switch with black plastic top hat tip
Original ashtray bridge cover included
Original Fender guitar strap included
Weight is 7.85 lbs
This Tele currently sports some high quality compensated brass bridge saddles which improves intonation and really makes this guitar a fine player. The original saddles are in excellent condition and included in the sale.
This is a AAA+ investor grade instrument – a fine example of a quite rare maple board Toploader Telecaster. The guitar sounds and plays perfectly. There are certainly not many of these in Australia, especially in this near perfect condition. It presents an opportunity to own a truly collectable classic instrument, that will only go up in value.
Comes in its original Fender gold lined tweed case. The case is in good condition with some stain marks, but structurally & functionally fine.