SOLD - Vintage Fender Telecaster Thinline - USA 1973

by Fender

$5,995.00 21089


Over the past 60+ years, the Fender Telecaster hasn’t wandered too far from its basic configuration, and in its various incarnations has come to be viewed as a reliable workhorse for a widely diverse variety of artists.

The first major change didn’t happen until 1968, when Fender’s Roger Rossmeisl decided to build a lighter alternative to the basic slab Tele. The result was the Thinline Telecaster.

New appointments on the Thinline included a 12-screw pickguard, a semi-hollow body, and a bass-side f-hole. Instead of using a cap on the body, Fender sliced the back from pieces of ash or mahogany, routed out chambers, and then put the pieces back together to form the finished semi hollow body. The rear-routed guitar weighed less than eight pounds and had a maple neck and fretboard.

This a vintage Fender Telecaster built in the company’s Fullerton factory in late 1973. And it appears to be in completely original condition apart from a pro refret and a new socket.

The guitar boasts a pair of original Fender Wide Range humbuckers, created by Fender’s pickup guru at the time Seth Lover. These pickups are fat and full sounding while still having a distinctive top end character, and the semi-hollow ash body provides both a midrange punch and a certain airy quality.

Features – 

Original polyurethane finish in Fender custom colour Mocha.

Ash body routed hollow above the pickups & glued to ash back

One piece maple neck & fingerboard

Medium C Neck Profile

21 jumbo frets in good condition

Fingerboard Radius: 7.5“

Nut Width: 1 5/8"

2 x Fender Wide Range Humbuckers by Seth Lover

Original wiring with three-way selector switch, volume and tone controls

Hardware: Has had a pro refret done with Fender jumbo wire – frets showing minimal wear.

Original Fender F style tuners & original nut.

Original shortened Fender Tele bridge with 6 fully adjustable saddles.

Weight is 7.4 lbs

This guitar is in excellent condition. Actually quite amazing considering it is now 48 years old. There are some expected light scratches & scuffs, a few minor dings & dents, and some lacquer off the edges, but it all adds up to the story of this guitar. It has been played, because it’s a great player, and deserves to be played some more.

The tuners are strong and untarnished, as is the bridge. The Seth Lover humbuckers are strong and punchy, and the guitar plays super comfortably with a low action & no fret buzz.

This is a very nice, true vintage Thinline with a super cool vibe.  The guitar has that wonderful acoustic resonance we all look for in a semi-hollow body electric & the pair of Wide Range humbuckers deliver an absolutely gorgeous, warm, rich tone that seems to sustain for days. 

Visually the guitar is a real beauty - perfectly aged with that nice weathered look vintage players love to see in an old guitar.  And it’s finished the relatively rare Fender colour of Mocha, which is actually quite translucent, allowing the lovely ash grain to show through.

The pro refret makes it a dynamite player, guaranteed to cut it on stage or in the studio.  Pro set up included so she's ready to go straight out of the case.

Comes in its original Fender black tolex case with logo in very good condition.

Video demo of same model -


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