Stunning... 71 years old! probably best available right now...1952 Fender Telecaster, enough said…
Bought around 15 years ago from the private collection of Mr Norman Harris, this guitar features in his first book.
This guitar is in totally stunning condition. Body shows only the slightest sign of wear with a minor nick on the back which if we’re being honest is nickpicking... The lacquer has remarkably kept the rare to see, light shade that is much closer to the original than what we’ve come to expect from most of the butterscotch faded examples out there. Again there is fade but nothing at all substantial.
The Tadeo Gomez carved neck is in great shape too and has the early slot truss rod adjuster, the lacquer having only worn slightly with again a few very minor finish chips. The fretboard only shows slight signs of wear. The original and perfectly laid frets have plenty of life left in them with very little wear. The original bone nut is also in excellent condition with a small glue repair in a couple of the slots to correct string buzz (done a long time ago).
Plastics and hardware are correct and are in amazing condition.
Serial number is 4389, neck date is 11-25-52, body is dated at 11-11-52.
Electrically everything looks to be correct with no sign of any solder being disturbed. Pot codes are mostly obscured by solder but you can clearly see they are both dated from 1952.
It is quickly becoming a store favourite here right now as it is a real joy to play with a lovely action, resonance and a nice weight of just 3.46Kg.. Pickups sound just as you would expect a blisteringly good black guard Tele to sound i.e. the pinnacle of classic Tele bite in the best possible vintage way. There is a reason, and it is not just for their collectability, why original black guards are so sought after…
Comes with a later (1954) poodle case which like the guitar, is in amazing condition.
This is without a doubt one of the finest Blackguards we have ever had here and we think it will be a long time before a better example surfaces of the most classic year of Telecaster.
Truly one of the greats, I do not think this Tele will disappoint anyone out there who tries it out and everyone who has so far, has had a big grin on their face…