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1967 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White, Ash Body w/ Bigsby & Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Telecaster in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An extremely soulful example sporting heavy natural playwear and zero artificial relic'ing, this ash-bodied Telecaster is lively and powerful sounding. Tonewoods comprise an ash body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard (somewhat less common than a maple fretboard in this model year), yielding a natural midrange complexity, richness, and defined note attack.

The guitar has a natural sustain and punch at 8lbs 12oz, loaded with a pair of new Fender American Original Telecaster pickups. The flat alnico pole pieces and brass baseplate on the bridge pickup ensure plenty of chewy twang and authoritative snap, while the neck pickup has a silky rhythmic cut and bell-like sparkle. We've had this Telecaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The profile shows palm wear down to the bare maple on its length (save for the heel). The rosewood fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius, refretted with vintage spec 6230-size fretwire long ago, exhibiting notable grooves beneath the strings on frets 1-2, with similar fretwear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 9 and growing fainter until the octave. The guitar plays well in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive, with the truss rod nut almost flush with the neck heel, necessitating sparingly little adjustment over the past 55 years. The modern nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the original nitro lacquer gloss on the face with the block Telecaster logo  The neck heel has a bold September 1967 date stamp.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the Fender American Original pickup pair wired to a modern harness with new CTS pots and a three-way Switchcraft switch. The original four-bolt serialized F neck plate is intact, and the hardware is otherwise modern including the control plate, knurled knobs, and Bigsby B5F vibrato and bridge assembly. This Tele, while originally designed to be strung through the body as evidenced by the string ferrules on the back, had also been fitted with a Fender Bigsby decades ago and has the tan lines to prove it on top. The original white three-ply pickguard is intact.

The guitar features the original Olympic White nitro lacquer gloss finish which has deeply yellowed, oversprayed by another coat of non-original Olympic White long ago. The original nitro lacquer peeks out from beneath the later finish in areas of finish wear, most notably on the lower bout on top and on the treble side of the pick path. As the photos can attest, there is significant honest playwear through both the Olympic White overspray and original finish beneath it, predominantly on the back and along the edges of the slab body.

The original black tolex hardshell case with orange plush interior is included. The case has black leather ends, and the original Fender logo on the exterior, with only a central functional latch and the stock handle.