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 in fabulous condition – a classic vintage instrument with appeal to the player and collector.
The vast majority of Telecasters from the late 60s were finished in Fender’s ubiquitous Blond colour, and featured a maple neck and fingerboard. Sunburst Teles with the sought after rosewood fingerboard were actually relatively rare at the time, and were regarded somewhat as a special order akin to custom coloured Fenders.
Features standard 25.5" scale length, 3-saddle bridge and chrome hardware that is in amazing condition considering it is now 50+ years of age.
There is no neck date on this one, but that was not unusual for Fenders from mid ’69 onwards, as the company discontinued pencil marking dates on necks at this time, in favour of the printed numbering system which took its place later that year. As a result, many instruments were produced without neck dates from mid to late 1969.
However, this Telecaster has been independently verified as a 1969 model by two of Sydney’s most respected luthiers, Piers Crocker and Frank Grubisa.
The potentiometers date to 1966 which is common on late '60s Fenders because the company bought literally thousands of potentiometers from CTS in 1966, which lasted for years.
Structurally intact with no extra routing, splits, breaks or repairs. It has had a pro refret and replacement nut, courtesy of Mr Grubisa, but no other modifications or any other work done. Apart from that it appears to be in original condition including –
Original 3 colour sunburst finish on alder body
One piece maple neck with C-shape profile.
Curved rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlays.
White three-layer pickguard.
Four bolt neck plate.
Single string tree.
25.5” scale length.
1 5/8” nut width.
Two original single coil Tele pickups
Three-way pickup selector with black switch tip.
One volume and one tone control with barrel knobs.
Chrome Tele bridge with 3 adjustable steel saddles.
This 69-er weighs in at a comfortable 7.8 lbs
While this instrument qualifies in every way as a truly collectible vintage piece, this is certainly one to play, with a spanking sound to match.
Plugged in the guitar has that unmistakable Tele tone - tons of spank and bite, with a neck pickup that has lots of character. The kicker is that this one has a particularly nice sounding bridge pickup. It is a real cracker with just the right amount of sharpness, a twinge of darkness and a tonal edge that some Teles just don’t have.
Overall this is a great sounding ‘69 Telecaster in excellent original condition - a true classic vintage instrument.
Comes in its original Fender black tolex case in good condition.