Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1958), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 026914, Blonde lacquer re- finish, ash body, maple neck, black hard shell case. This is a body-only refinished but still largely original "white guard" 1958 Fender Telecaster, a nice and still giggable example of this perennial favorite. It shows some visible wear to the original neck finish, and an older refret so is in fine playing mettle. The re-finish on the body is nicely done, a good rendition of the white-blonde finish used at the time with some light relicing, topped off with the original single-ply white plastic pickguard. Overall this guitar shows characteristic features of this period. The guitar still has strings running through the body; soon after it was made the Telecaster was altered to the "top loader" stringing for a couple of years. The body was dated in the pickup cavity, but the finish work done since has obscured the marking. The one-piece maple neck is dated 5-58 on the heel. The back of the neck has a fairly slim round contour, the "V" spine used in 1957 having given way to a softer shape that is not as deeply "C" shaped as the earlier models. On the headstock the old-style script Fender "Telecaster" logo decal is positioned above the "butterfly" string tree.The serial number is stamped on the neck plate having been moved there from the bridge tray a couple of years earlier when Fender harmonized all their electric guitars into one number series in 1955. This nominally 5-digit number is preceded by a "0", a quirk of Fender neckplates from this specific period. The knobs are a medium pattern knurl with a flat top and the switch tip is the "top hat" style that has endured as a Tele trademark. The original staggered-pole lead pickup is generally similar to earlier Telecaster units but with the altered magnet layout; the center poles are raised slightly. The original tone pots are coded 137 819, made the 19th week of 1958. This guitar's wiring has been altered to "modern" spec with a new switch, the pots remain original. Like all Telecasters prior to the CBS era this guitar would have originally come with a "deep bass" cap engaged in the front switch position that most players found useless even then. The pickups are original, the neck coil has been re-leaded with cloth wire; the original spliced (for the refin) leads are still in the case along with the original switch.This 1958 Telecaster looks to have had some adventures over the last 60+ years; we're not sure how many finished may have been on the body but fortunately the neck was not altered. It remains a joy to play, with a bright spanky tone and that genuine "worn-in Fender" feel to the neck that is difficult to capture. By 1958 the Telecaster had become a success, renowned as a popular tool used by working musicians, including a host of early rock'n'roll and country players. Many were played for decades and worn virtually into the ground; this one has been nicely restored to an excellent playing state.Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.)., 7.69 lbs. This old Telecaster has obviously seen its share of play time over the years, but the body-only lacquer refinish is done to the proper specs so nothing has altered its essential character. The neck finish and decal original, as are the Kluson tuners. There is a lot of fingerboard wear into the wood in the lower positions and at the body end from strumming, a decent amount of checking overall and some minor staining to the tip of the headstock. The back of the neck is fairly clean with some small dings and dents. It was refretted with somewhat larger wire than 1950s spec but not 80s jumbo style. The neck finish remains totally original despite the work done, the nut is newer. The body finish is a well-done modern "light relic" of the original white/blonde, with some minor induced checking and small dings and chips. The original pickguard is fully intact with some light scuffing. The hardware all appears original to the guitar including the "Fender Pat. Pend." bridge and the saddles, control plate, knobs, strap buttons, neckplate and tuners. The chrome has some general wear but the bridge components are cleaner than many. The pickups and most of the electronics are original, as noted the neck pickup has been re-leaded as the original wire had been badly spliced presumably during the refinish and subsequent rewiring process. The pots are original but the 3-way switch is new, and the guitar has been rewired to modern switching blending the two in middle position. Care was taken that the pickups are properly phased in the center position; this did not matter in 1958 as they were never intended to be blended. The original switch and attached cap are still in the case, with the older lead

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ConditionExcellent (Used)
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Brand
Model
  • Telecaster
Finish
  • Blonde Lacquer Re
Categories
Year
  • 1958
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Body Material
  • Ash
Model Family
  • Fender Telecaster
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • String-Through
Series
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Color Family
  • Yellow
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21
Nut Width
  • 1.625"

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