Fender / Telecaster / 1969 / Blonde / Guitar
After the true golden era of Fender and before the dark ages of the 70s, quality instruments did continue to be produced, and this here Telecaster from 1969 is one such example.
Condition wise this is a well played in instrument, but one that has clearly also been well looked after. The body has a few chips and dings, while the neck looks to be in remarkably good shape for a guitar of its age, still retaining most of its glossy finish. The rosewood fingerboard is in excellent shape, and the frets are actually in really good condition and have plenty of life left. It is also a rare for this period, super light example at just 2.97 Kg.
There’s something eternally cool about a blonde Tele, and this guitar is no exception. 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.
Electronically everything is correct with the addition of the treble-bleed capacitor across the volume pot that was a new feature for 1968. Unfortunately upon arrival we discovered that the bridge pickup wasn’t working, so we’ve had re-wound by the people at Monty’s Guitars, and its safe to say they’ve done an excellent job!
The guitar comes with a correct 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.
All in this is a great playing and sounding guitar, ready and waiting to continue life as a working instrument, don’t let this one get away…
ATB Guitars, UK
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.
Payment and p/x:
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.
Postage and shipping:
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
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275