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1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline.
This lovely guitar is a real treat & quite a rare piece. particularly given that it is the first year of production! She plays and sounds just gorgeous. The mahogany body (Which is much rarer than ash) is in excellent shape, with just some mild, expected, age-related marks here and there and a little checking around the body. The super comfy and arrow straight B profile neck and maple cap are also both in really great shape & her action is a dream. The fingerboard shows very little signs of wear, there are just two, what appear to be light finger indentations on both the 1st & 5th fret areas. These are mild and cannot be felt under the fingers. It has been professionally re-fretted by Gruhn Guitars of Nashville, who have also removed some finish overspray. Included in the sale is their letter of authentication (Please see the photo outlining the full details)
The plastic-pearloid scratchplate has shrunk very slightly, which is quite normal for a guitar of this age and has aged in colour beautifully, also all the hardware is all in excellent condition. Also included is the original ashtray bridge cover. The electrics are all original and as far as we can see, untouched, the Stackpole Pots are dated the 17th week of 1966, which would be in keeping with the assembly being 1968.
She sleeps in her original orange plush-lined, black Tolex case, with the ‘Duck-Foot’ tab, which is in all-round excellent shape.
All in all, this is one gorgeous piece of vintage Fender history & whoever grabs it, is in for a real treat!
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.
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