Music Store Live is proud to present this 1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster! On Thursday, January 30, 1969 the Beatles played a historic set on the roof of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row in London and the Telecaster George Harrison at hand is practically the same model you see before you here, though this one is a bit lighter than George's. This Rosewood Tele plays great and has an absolutely splendid tone. In the clip below you can hear me noodling through a few tunes from the rooftop concert set list and just genreally giving you an idea of what this monster can handle. This Tele is an absolute joy to play chords on anywhere on the neck. It is truly unique feeling and dare I say luxurious. It is set up very well. The neck is straight, it's intonated properly and the action is low and easy. This is a total gem.
The first Rosewood Telecaster was given to George Harrison as a gift from Fender to be used in the Beatles movie "Let It Be". It's production ran from 1969 to 1972 with the earlier models being extremely heavy and later ones, such as this, being given a bit of weight relief to make them more manageable. Indeed, at a not unimpressive 8.7 pounds, this guitar is totally manageable! The sandwich Rosewood body is separated by a thin piece of maple in the middle and the rosewood used here is absolutely stunning looking. The one piece rosewood neck is also a treasure to behold in itself. The high gloss finish adds a layer of majesty to this axe as it covers the fretboard as well making for an other-worldly smooth ride.
This 1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster is all original. The saddles have been replaced with GraphTech compensated saddles but the originals are in fine condition and included with the guitar! Some other stand out features include the ashtray bridge cover, Fender F style tuners, original hard shell case and original pickups. The pots both date to 1966. The neck plate serial number is # 342943.
This 1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster is in very good condition with the exception that the rosewood top portion of the body is showing some separation from the maple and there is accompanying checking to the finish around the side. There is also checking to the finish on the top of the guitar around the control plate from an apparent fall on the guitar's face. The control plate holes have been stripped and repaired. The original frets are in very good condition. Aside from the separation issue this guitar shows remarkably light wear. There are some light finish scratches and small dings which you can see in the pictures. Fender never produced this guitar in large numbers and finding them these days is very hard especially in all original condition such as this. This particular guitar, though not without some issues, is still a wonderful playing guitar that can be enjoyed regularly. This guitar will no doubt increase in value with time and is a sound vintage investment.
1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster - 100% Original
Rosewood Sandwich Body
High Gloss Polyurethane Finish
One Piece Rosewood Neck
Fat C Profile
Finished Rosewood Fretboard
Scale Length 25 1/2"
4 Bolt Neck Plate
Fender F Style Tuners
Original Fender Telecaster Single Coil Pickups
Original Pots, Wiring, etc - pots date to 1966
Black Pick Guard
Fender Telecaster Bridge
Replacement GraphTech Compensated Saddles Installed
Original Saddles Included
Ashtray Bridge Cover
Weight 8.7 lbs
Original Fender Black Hard Shell Case
Serial # 342943
Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.