Fender Telecasters are widely regarded as one of the most useful and versatile musician’s tools available. This ’69 model is a prime example and it will put a smile on your face. This one has an original sunburst finish with lots of dings, scratches & player wear at no extra cost – all adding up to the appeal of this classic vintage instrument.
This guitar was bought new by its one owner from Palings Newcastle in 1969. It has been a workdog, and seen some changes including a Seth Lover Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickup installed in the neck position, and a Bigsby vibrato unit, since removed.
It has also had a complete going over by respected Sydney guitar tech Luke Parry, including a total refret and new nut. Luke also rewound the bridge pickup to original specs, and it sounds great. He additionally cleaned up some wiring and has set this Tele up so well it almost plays itself.
The original bridge is in place but it now features six neatly cut holes through which the strings passed to reach the Bigsby. And there are three small filled plug holes where the Bigsby screws were, now barely visible thanks to some delicate touch up work on the top behind the bridge.
Apart from that it sports its original features including –
3 colour sunburst finish on alder body
Original nitrocellulose lacquer
One piece maple neck with C-shape profile.
Curved rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlays.
White three-layer pickguard (albeit now shrinking a little).
Four bolt neck plate.
Original F-stamped tuners.
Single string tree.
25.5” scale length.
1 5/8” nut width.
Three-way pickup selector with black switch tip.
One volume and one tone control with barrel knobs (one newer knob).
Chrome Tele bridge with 3 adjustable steel saddles.
It features a solid maple neck with the sought after rosewood fingerboard.
Serial number 227xxx dates it to 1968, but the neck date is March 1969.
This one is every bit a true classic, but it does have some changes which puts it into the “great player guitar” category. Whatever its history, it happens to play beautifully with a spanking sound to match.
Weight is a comfortable 7.8 lbs
It is set up nicely with a low/medium action and comfortable to play in all positions, with no fret buzz and great intonation.
Plugged in the guitar has that unmistakable Tele tone – tons of spank and bite from a classic sounding Tele bridge pickup, and with a very ballsy neck pickup that has lots of character you can dial up some pretty meaty sounds.
Overall it is a great sounding ‘69 Telecaster in great playing condition . A true road warrior with lots of stories yet to tell.
Comes in its original Fender black tolex case in good condition.