Fender / Telecaster / 1959 / Blonde Refin / Guitar

Fender were always trying to improve their lines and develop better ways of production. When they revamped the Precision Bass in 1957 they moved the string anchor from the through body to the end of the bridge. This same technique was applied to the Telecaster and whilst its was accepted by the bass community, guitarists weren’t so enamored. As a result string through was reintroduced towards the middle of 1959.

The blonde refinish is great and captures the original shade very well. There are a few dinks and knocks as you’d expect but nothing too drastic. Interestingly the body date is December 1958.

Soon to be phased out in favor of rosewood fretboards, this one piece neck is from the last few months of their manufacture. Interestingly too is the slimmer, C profile which had replaced the soft v of the previous few years. The lacquer has retained some of its gloss and has really worn  comfortably along the neck. The fretboard shows signs of wear and has been refretted. The headstock and decal are in great shape too and free from any real wear, especially on that vulnerable decal.

The hardware is in great condition showing only some minor signs of corrosion. The pickguard is in good shape too.

Electrically there have been some changes. The pots are from the late 70s and have been wired as per the period with a treble-bleed cap. The switch looks to be newer still. Pickups are correct and don’t look to have been rewound.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case

Opinion is divided over the toploader bridge, claims made that the arrangement doesn’t yield as much twang as the bottom feeder option. As with many of these things its up to personal preference. With regards to this guitar its certainly not lacking in the twang department and in fact what the string arrangement does give us is a slightly slinkier feel making bends much easier. As you’d expect, the maple and ash combination gives this guitar a wonderful attack that sustains beautifully, the neck pickup providing a smooth tone with bite from the bridge.

A true classic, this is a must have for anyone looking for that elusive 50’s tele tone. Grab it before it gets away…

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
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