Fender Telecaster Thinline 1968 Natural

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  • $5,000$7,000

The Thinline Telecaster was introduced in 1968 as the result of an attempt by Fender to offer a lighter-weight Telecaster option. Fender designers started by adding chambering to the body, and later added a stylish F-hole to highlight the new concept. Originally, the Thinline Tele featured the same pickups and electronic configuration of the normal single-coil Telecaster. This would change in 1972 when the Thinline was outfitted with a pair of humbuckers. 

Years of Production: 
1968 - 1980

Unique to this Year: The Thinline Telecaster was introduced at the end of 1968, so production numbers from this year are quite low. 

Body Style: Single cutaway semi-hollowbody

Wood Composition: Ash or Mahogany body, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two Telecaster pickups, F-hole on bass side, Thru-body, Volume and Tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length

Finish Specifications: Natural was a standard finish for the '68 Thinline Telecaster.

Notable Players: Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang, David Byrne  


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