1978 Fender Telecaster – Black w/Rosewood Board



You want vintage vibe, you’ve got it. This guitar has the mojo everyone looks for in a vintage Tele and one or two stories to tell. The good news – it’s original finish with no humbucker routes or other major modifications to the body. The bad news – someone reshaped the ball of the headstock slightly (shown here). Why? Anybody’s guess. The good news is it’s barely noticeable and doesn’t affect the integrity of the guitar in the least. The only modifications – the control cavity has been professionally deepened slightly on one side (shown here), probably to allow a 9V battery at some time in the past, and the output jack has been changed from the “cup” style to a flat LP style. Pickups are USA Vintage ’52 with cloth wires and original vintage design, with plenty of Tele quack and a spanky twang that makes you want to pick it up whenever you hear a new Brad Paisley lick. Frets have been freshly dressed so there aren’t any dishes in the frets. It is set up with low action and plays nicely for chord work, although it frets out in a few spots on string bends. If preferred, we can raise it to medium action for clear bends. The body has a typical aged patina which can be buffed out to a high gloss if desired, but we generally only do that upon request on vintage instruments. This is the era with the thick clear coat under the finish, with a thin painted coat, so it’s worn through around the edge a bit, primarily where the forearm comes over the top. It’s typical weight for the era, i.e. not light. If you don’t want to $2500 for a 100% example, here’s one with original finish, a cool vibe, at 1/2 the cost; just $1250. Includes Fender tweed case.


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