Lovely, original Telecaster from one of our favourite years - 1956. It has that classic medium chunky neck with a hint of 'V'.
Finished in classic blonde, the guitar has had some slight modifications as a previous owner looks to have fitted some kind of b-bender unit to the top, cut a V shaped slot in the back of the bridge for the b string and moved the string ferrules on the back. There is evidence of a different bridge and the original pickup has nut washers soldered on (a common mod when the threads fail) and some modifications in the pickup cavity.
Thankfully at no stage did they decide to refinish the body so most of the finish (apart from touch ups around the string ferrule and where the bender was placed) is original which is the same for the neck being untouched.
Neck is in excellent condition with plenty of life left in the original frets. You’ll note the XA next to the date code (June 1956) for Xavier Armandez who also finished Clapton’s Brownie in the same month.
Hardware is in good condition aside from the slight modification on the bridge plate to accommodate the b-bender.
Plastics show some signs of wear but nothing too extensive.
Electrically the pots are from week 45 of 1956 and the wiring has been modified to post-67 specifications so there is no capacitor across the bridge pickup and you have access to both pickups together.
The guitar comes with a nice repro thermometer style hardshell case in tweed.
Classic tele twang and a wonderfully resonant instrument, there’s a reason these white-guard instruments are so revered in their own right.
Classic instrument with some well thought through mods, what more do you want...?