Here we have Dan from Chelsea Guitars in his shop in New York. He is talking about a Fender 1949/1951 Telecaster Broadcaster Nocaster Vintage Guitar.
Sam Hutton was the guy who worked for Fender building amplifiers for 35 years. He had a guitar that he would test the amps out with. George Fullerton one day came and said to Sam that the guitar was really valuable and he shouldn’t leave it hanging on a nail with a string; he should put it in the will for his son. So time goes by, Sam passes away and his son has this guitar. This was in 1998.
It is hard to believe now that very few people knew about really early Esquires or Fenders. The first ones where made of pine. Also they don’t have a trussrod so they are really interesting. Dan thinks that there where maybe five guys in the USA that knew something about these guitars. This guitar is really unusual 0009, it is probably the six one made. This one is really unique, it doesn’t look like much. When Dan got it he was thinking about repainting it. The color is 1950’s Studabaker Red.
They figured out that Leo Fender used this one as a test-ban. First five guitars basically are Esquires, either red or black, pine body, no trussrod. Gibson was coming out with the gold top with two pickups. So Leo decided to do something. That is why Leo made this pickup which is very handmade looking. This is one of the first guitars that has two pickups.
For the rest of the story, watch the video below. Enjoy!
Chelsea Guitars, USA
If you love old, classic guitars you owe it to yourself to check this place out. The place is tiny; basically what you see in the display window is most of what they got. Go inside and it’s like dropping in to a friend’s apartment, albeit a tiny apt. But it’s cool; Dan and whoever else is there are just hanging out. If you need help, they’re glad to do it but if you just want to hang, they’ll give you space.
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We are currently offering Jeff Buckleys Fender Telecaster 1983 Butterscotch in collaboration with Chelsea Guitars, NY.
This is the Telecaster he used throughout his short performing and recording life.
The guitar is owned by a close friend of Jeff’s who sadly needs to sell it. With all proof and paperwork.
You can see Jeff using this guitar live from the concert DVD “Live In Chicago 1995″
Please contact us if you are interested in this guitar. Full story and more pics available from VintageandRare.com.
Jeff´s Fender Telecaster guitar for sale on Vintage and Rare here
Jeff Buckley Fender Telecaster 1983 Butterscotch, Original Mystery White Boy
In nov. 2010 I took a roundtrip to guitarstores in New York City.
I landed in JFK and went directly to Chelsea Hotel.
One of the guitar stores I visited is Chelsea Guitars – located something like 2 meters from the hotel. And I didn´t know it was so close
Me and Dan had some very good conversations about collecting guitars and life around them, the international guitar market in generel.
During one of these conversations – Dan, the owner, showed me a very rare and unique vintage guitar.
It is a prototype Telecaster made somewhere in between 1948-1951, before we knew them as Telecasters (later name). And as I am sure you know the first models were called Broadcasters and Nocasters and then changed name to the Telecaster and Esquire (depending on pickup configuration)
When Dan opened the case all I could see was a red telecaster model in a newer case. I really didn´t think much of it in those few seconds until Dan started to reveil this amazing story.
I had no idea that this very guitar was one very first prototypes and furthermore that they were made in custom colours, as Dan explains. So I was very surpriced to know that I was looking at a very important piece of guitar history.
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