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Originally $100,000, now $95,000 ($5,000 savings)
1955 Fender Esquire
Used – Very Good

We are ready to let this one go
We marked non functioning so we can sell it as is with the understanding about all the extra ad on parts as shown
Its been rewired a few times and we honestly don't know what is going on

Fender 1951 July 20 1951 Nocaster heavily modifide in a "Payola" style to plug into 3 different amps at once. These guitars where built by recording studio/musicians in the early 1950's in order to get paid 3 times for one track. Bruce Springsteen's Tele was once set up like this guitar.

please see the youtube video by Trogley's Guitar Show

From Rolling Stone Magazine:

"The heavily modified Telecaster body? That’s another story entirely. According to Petillo, who passed away in 2010, the guitar had been originally owned by a record company and was part of the payola scams of the 1960s. It was jury-rigged with four pickups wired into extra jacks that would each plug into a separate channel on the recording console. With the Fender modded this way, the session player could collect four times union scale for playing four slightly different versions of the same guitar solo.

A huge area under the black pickguard was routed out to make room for those extra electronics, which were removed before Petillo sold the guitar to Springsteen. This missing wood had the unintended side effect of making an already lightweight guitar truly gossamer — and thus perfectly suited to three-hour marathon concerts. “It’s one of the lightest Teles I’ve ever played” says Eichelbaum, who played it at Petillo’s shop. “And it sounded almost like an acoustic because of the big hole in it.”

Most mods on this guitar where done in 1951 with 1951 or older parts. Body and neck are  original 1951. Nocaster neck dated July 20 1951. Bridge Pickup is original with late 40s Gibson p90. A new seymour duncan vintage tele pickup is in the middle position. Two gears have been replaced. Others are original. Neck said to be back bowed it plays well right now. Currently this guitar is wired with one pickup per control plate wired to one single output jack. There are spots for two additional jacks and two original 1951 output jacks are included with the original thermometer case.  

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Listed3 years ago
ConditionNon Functioning (Used)
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  • Nocaster
  • 1951
Body Type
  • Solid Body

Victor Litz Music Center

Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Joined Reverb:2013

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