Here’s a really nice 30+ year old American Tele with lots of positive appeal. Built at Fender's then brand new Corona plant in 1989. Finished in alluring Candy Apple Red and featuring a fabulous full C neck with beautiful tiger stripe figuring in the maple.
This one just feels great when you pick it up, settles into your hands, plays effortlessly and sounds the business.
It is pretty much unchanged except for the very handy reversal of the control plate. This is often referred to as the “Nashville” layout because it is so popular with the gazillion of Tele players in that town.
The control plate is simply reversed so the switch is towards the tail of the guitar. This allows for the volume control to situate right under the bridge, within easy reach, and without the switch being unintentionally knocked into an unwanted position.
Body: 2-piece Alder
Finish: Original Candy Apple Red
Neck: Figured Maple Neck
Neck Profile: Thick C
Neck Thickness: 1st fret: 0.84", 12th fret: 0.97"
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
Nut Width: 1-11/16 in
Fret wear: Minimal
Electronics: Original Fender Vintage Tele pickups
Tuners: Original Fender closed back tuners
Bridge: Original Fender Modern Tele bridge with 6 adjustable saddles
Weight: 7.6 lbs
Serial # is E 804xxx which indicates 1988 but …..
Neck date is 15 March 1989
Body date is 20 March 1989
Fender builder “Hector Montes” is stamped on the neck butt.
This 32 year old super player is in great condition. With its set of original Fender USA Vintage Tele pickups, there is no need for upgrades here.
The 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.
This is a fine looking Tele with its fab Candy Apple Red finish set off by the white pearloid guard (which may be after market) – looks fantastic under stage lights. There is only some light player wear and a few minor dings and dents. The back has minor buckle rash, but nothing through the finish. Overall much less wear and tear than expected from a guitar of this vintage.
The neck has a little more meat to it than the typical modern C-profile, and feels great in the hand, playing smooth and fast. The maple fingerboard is in beautiful condition, and the back of the neck is super clean & smooth. And did we mention the beautiful striped figuring in the maple ?
Truss rod is good, original Fender tuners are working perfectly and the original medium jumbo frets are in good condition - some wear showing on frets 2 - 6 but with lots of life left.
This has been a go-to guitar for a local pro musician, and its condition and playability reflect the care with which it has been provided over many years.
Comes in its moulded Fender hard case in good condition.