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Fender / Telecaster Thinline / 1973 / Natural / Guitar For Sale

By the end of the 60’s, stocks of light grade Ash were dwindling though heavier grade woods were plentiful. Initial attempts in the summer of 1967 to lighten the bodies were unsatisfactory. Charged with finding ways to use this heavier grade ash for the Telecaster, German luthier Roger Rossmeisl (who would introduce the world to Fender acoustics and a whole host of hollow body designs for the Californian mark) and Virgilio Simoni (Head of the blank, body and sanding department) set about routing out telecaster bodies from the back and adding a thin cap to relieve weight. Finished off with an elongated pickguard and a maple cap or rosewood neck, the Telecaster Thinline became one of Roger’s most enduring legacies.

The guitar is in great condition. There are a few dings and the lacquer has cracked in places (due to the body flexing and the lacquer not) but on a whole it's in superb shape. There are no signs of modifications or repairs.

The neck too is in good condition. The fretboard shows no signs of wear and the frets have plenty of life left. The lacquer is in good shape.

The plastics like the body are in good condition. Hardware is in good condition and free of too much corrosion and wear.

Electronically everything looks correct . The pot dates are week 24 of 1973. Both pickups look to have been untouched.

The guitar comes with hardshell case

The chambering of the body adds some air to the guitar's tone. The wide range humbuckers really give this guitar some heft whilst retaining a sparkle that is always the key component of a telecaster’s tone 

Wide Range pickups and plenty of mojo, what is there not to like? Grab this one before it gets away…


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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