Fender / Telecaster Custom / 1966 / Sunburst / Guitar

A workhorse in a pinstriped suit, the 1966 Fender Telecaster Custom.

This guitar is fine example of the mid-60’s fender three tone sunburst that shows off the attractive grain of the alder body. There is some forearm wear to the lower bout and a few minor knocks and scratches but the finish hasn’t faded too much, although you can see where the yellow has darkened when compared to the finish under the pick guard. 

The neck has been over sprayed which is evident by the decal and in a few spots where the lacquer has chipped in the back of the neck. This doesn’t affect the feel of the neck too much and you only notice this when you look at it rather than when you play it. The fretboard is in great shape and the frets have plenty of life left in them. The headstock shows some signs of the tuner ferrules being removed at some stage which has chipped the lacquer down to the wood.

The hardware shows signs of use. The ashtray cover has certainly not been on this guitar very often as is evident by the corrosion on the saddles. The knobs show attrition to the chrome plating but the control plate is still in good shape as is the ashtray.

The electronics have been modified at some stage to post ‘67 configuration and the bridge pickup has been repaired, not an uncommon condition for telecasters of this age as not everyone finds the ‘woof’ tone an ideal option! 

The guitar comes with an export hardshell case

This guitar certainly delivers the classic tones tele tones, smoother neck pickup with a bitey bridge sound and nice blend when combinded. The neck is comfortable and sleek.

At once simple and versatile, the telecaster should feature in everyones guitar journey at some stage. The Custom brings an extra level of sophistication to the design.

Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

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
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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