1960 Fender Telecaster slab board body only refin + HSC

1960 Fender Telecaster slab board body only refin + HSC

Fender |  1960sparkletele  |  1 in stock_level

Body only refin slab board Tele in a unique sort of sonic blue/gold glitter bomb effect! Lots of mojo and original parts plus neck finish make this a rare beast not to be missed...

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1960 slab board Fender Telecaster anyone with a rather… unique body only refin?

What do you do if your maple boards start looking shabby on the television? Stick a slab of rosewood on there. Introduced in 1959, the rosewood boards were initially planed flat and fitted to the maple necks before a radius was sanded on top practice that continued until the middle of 1962 whereby a veneer of rosewood was stuck to a pre radiused maple neck to save money.

A unique finish that must have made sense to someone at some stage, the glitter seems to have been applied over the grey blue finish and then clear coated. Interestingly, great care was taken to mask the cavities where it is evident that the guitar was at some stage red. In fact there is evidence of a multitude of shades and layers of undercoat. From where the finish has worn to the wood, you can see the ash body underneath. There is no sign of any additional routes or modifications.

The neck has thankfully escaped refinishing. The lacquer has worn nicely with some signs of wear on the on the rosewood slab-board. The frets look to be correct though they might have been changed. The decal has survived well.

The hardware shows signs of age but is not overly corroded. Its worth noting that the bridge has additional holes so the guitar can be strung as a top loader. This must have been the last of these bridges at Fullerton as the experiment only lasted a short time in the late 50’s . The single ply pickguard has a small piece missing near the control plate but is otherwise in great shape.

The electrics are correct, pots dated May 1960 with a correct pair of ‘telephone book’ capacitors, though there has been some re-flowed solder due to the re-finishing process. Interestingly the guitar is still wired as it would have been originally which considering the sheer number of refinishes is quite a feat.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case that is not the original.

Disregarding the bass tone (though it has its merits, its not why we pick up a telecaster), the other two positions yield that classic telecaster fair. The neck pickup has that chunky quality that seems to be so easily forgotten. The bridge pickup has plenty of twang without getting brittle or harsh.

A rare sight anywhere, these early 60s slab-board telecasters are a treat. Whatever you think of the finish, this one should not be ignored…

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At a glance

Model: Telecaster
Year: 1960
Finish: Sonic Blue Sparkle

Modifications: Refinished body only
Repairs: None
Weight: 3.58 Kg

Case: HArdshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood Slab-board
Tuners: Correct Kluson Single Line

Pickups: 2 x Correct Single coil
Hardware: Correct Chrome
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 2 x Correct Stackpole




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