A rare to find, pre-CBS Custom Telecaster, original and Double bound to glory with a brown case...
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An exceptional Fender Custom Telecaster from 1963…?
Double bound body and sunburst finish, the Custom Telecaster as it was branded on its introduction in 1959 was the first signifiant change to a design that had propelled Fender into the national and international consciousness over the past decade. The new paint job and design changes gave the guitar a more of an ‘upmarket’ look for the coming decade.
Here is a stunning example, un-faded and vibrant. The finish has retained its glossiness and each hue is still vivid, really showing off the distinct early 60’s style of sunburst with maroon sides. There are a few knocks and dinks here and there but on a whole this guitar does not show the signs of heavy use over the past nearly 60 years. the binding is intact all the way round.
The neck shows very little wear, as you’d expect, as does the fretboard. The factory frets have plenty of life left in them. The pickguard as with the body hasn’t faded and shows only very slight signs of shrinkage. It is of course an original green nitrate guard, a part that is near impossible to find if you ever need to look for one.
The hardware still retains its lustrous finish with the saddles only showing slight signs of discolouration.
Electrically everything is correct aside from the switch contacts which have been modified to allow the full tonal range from the neck pickup - a very common mod otherwise your neck pickup turns in to a muff machine that makes playing one of these not so much fun..
The guitar comes with its correct 1963 brown Tolex hardshell case which like the guitar, is in excellent condition. Also included is the ashtray, bridge cover and a period correct strap.
Plugged in, this guitar truly comes to life. Both pickups are strong, vibrant and alive. The guitar really delivers that quintessential telecaster sound with all the legendary pre-CBS black bottom tone you could wish for.
It is also set up with a real nice, low action that makes it a joy to play everywhere up and down the neck. It is a nice light weight Tele at under 3.4Kg and I doubt if anyone will complain about anything on this guitar at all if they are looking to play it..
On the look out for a stunning Telecaster Custom? I’d stop the search here and grab this one before it gets away.
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