Occasionally something very special and very rare makes an appearance at PREMIER GUITARS. Here is an instrument that qualifies in every way.
This amazing vintage Fender Telecaster is 100% original and in great vintage condition. It is also one of the best sounding Teles we’ve ever heard. The bridge pickup in particular is a thing of beauty, with unique 50’s Fender bark & bite, it sounds amazing through any amp.
This guitar has been owned by a high profile Australian performer who bought it in this exact same condition back in 2004. It was his prized go-to instrument and has been integral to the development of his instrumental sound. It has also been the inspiration for dozens of original compositions which have been heard by his worldwide fan base.
Needless to say this fabulous vintage Tele has also graced some big stages over the past 16 years, and has become somewhat of a trademark in his concert appearances. But as with all things in this world, things change, and now it’s time to move this one on to a new appreciative home.
The body is one piece ash with original nitro finish in used vintage condition. Some lovely age checking is seen on the original body finish, along with the expected chips & dings, some rear buckle rash and mild tarnishing of the metal parts. The blue-ish grain of the ash shows beautifully through the blond finish.
The neck is one piece maple with rear skunk stripe and wear marks on the low fret area, but the pitting is not deep. The finish on the back of the neck is original gloss, with expected wear. Very comfortable soft "V” profile with frets stamped directly into the neck. Original frets all present with lots of life left.
The serial number is 088xx which indicates 1955, but the neck date is 5/56 and 4/56 is inscribed in the bridge pickup cavity – see pics.
So this Tele has some features from 1955 overlapping into 1956. But clearly it did not emerge from Fender’s Fullerton premises until 1956.
21 original frets in excellent condition.
Black dot position markers.
Single button 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 088xx
Neck date is 5/56
Original pots date to 1955
Original Tele bridge with 3 steel saddles
Neck pickup – original with 7.2k output
Bridge pickup is original with staggered pole-pieces with an output of 7.5 k
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
Weight is 7.8 lbs
This guitar has certainly been played, and the evidence is apparent – but nothing unexpected in a guitar over 60 years old that has been put to good use.
And that’s the thing with guitars that show their age – they have been well used because they are great instruments which were always meant to be played, and not closeted in a museum.
This one is certainly in that category.
This Tele was set up by respected Sydney luthier Piers Crocker some time ago, but has not been adjusted in any way for years, because it didn’t need to be. Its proud & astute owner has ensured that this instrument has not been molested or changed over his many years of ownership.
This is a very rare and highly coveted vintage instrument – a fine example of an elusive Whiteguard Telecaster. The guitar sounds wonderful and plays perfectly. There are certainly not many of these in Australia. It presents an opportunity to own a truly collectable classic instrument, that will only go up in value.
Comes in its original Fender tweed case which has some evident wear and tear, but is in generally good condition both structurally & functionally.