Fender / Telecaster / 1968 / Olympic White / Guitar

Custom colour Telecasters are always welcome here at ATB Guitars and this Olympic White, early 1968 Fender Telecaster no exception.

1968 was a tumultuous year for many reasons. Whilst the world reeled, in Fullerton an era was well and truly coming to an end. 1968 was to signify the true beginning of the CBS period at Fender and with it came big changes in production techniques and processes that would inevitably lead to a downturn in fortunes. Having said that, there are still many gems to be found from this period which should certainly not be overlooked.

This guitar is in excellent shape. The finish has faded a little which is clearer when you compare the finish under the pick guard. There are a few bumps and knocks but the overall look is quite clean, the advantage of the slightly thicker finish is clear.

The neck too looks good. Apart from a few very minor knocks, there is no damage to the neck and the lacquer hasn’t worn at all. In fact the edge of the fretboard has a crisp edge that makes it feel new. The fretboard and frets are in great shape, free of pitting and the frets have some life left in them. The headstock is fantastic and the decal is still strong.

Electronically everything is correct. Again, as this guitar was from earlier in the year, it was still wired with cloth cable unlike later models that had PVC cable towards the end of 1968.

The guitar comes with a correct or maybe slightly later Black Tolex Fender hardshell case.

This guitar certainly has plenty to offer sonically. The neck pickup delivers a smooth tone with plenty of clarity and a great rhythm tone that evokes a Stax sound. The bridge pickup has all the bite you’d want without getting too far towards the harshness that later incarnations tended to drift. The middle position blends both wonderfully. The neck is very comfortable and it doesn’t take to long to fall for this guitar.

Not the immediate go to for those looking for classic Fender tones but this guitar is worth more than a cursory glance and will definitely surprise you…

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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
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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