Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Telecaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An extremely soulful example with a fresh body-only nitro lacquer refinish and light relic courtesy of Eric Daw, this ash-bodied Telecaster is lively and powerful sounding. The maple neck retains its original nitro lacquer finish, with flame figuring extending the length of the profile and natural playwear on the maple cap fretboard. The ash and maple tonewood pairing yields a natural acoustic voice with great midrange complexity, tonal breadth and defined note attack.
The guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, loaded with a pair of Ron Ellis pickups (50/60T and STD+). This pickup pair is extremely valuable and hand-wound by one of the most lauded pickup makers in the business. The flat alnico pole pieces and brass baseplate on the 50/60T bridge pickup ensure plenty of chewy twang and authoritative snap, with exquisite definition and a response particularly sensitive to picking dynamics. The STD+ neck pickup is smooth and silky with bell-like trebles and a sweet percussive cut. We've had this Telecaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The original nitro lacquer finish is intact on the neck, with natural palm and finger wear through the gloss on much of the profile and fretboard, and some additional rolling of the fretboard edges as well. It’s an exceedingly comfortable neck. The maple fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius, refretted with fretwire that has a hair more meat and crown than vintage 6230 fretwire while still being relatively slender overall. The new frets show zero wear, playing cleanly in every register. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive, with the truss rod nut flush with the neck heel, necessitating sparingly little adjustment over the past 54 years. The modern hand-carved bone 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 Fender F tuners are modern replacements that turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably. The neck heel has a bold August, 1968 date stamp, and the pocket exposes the grain of the ash body, signed and dated by Eric Daw when the body-only refinish was done.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Ron Ellis pickup pair wired to a modern harness with new CTS pots, three-way Switchcraft switch, treble bleed resistor/cap combo (to preserve treble definition when rolling down the Volume) and a premium Emerson tone cap. The original four-bolt serialized F neck plate is intact, and the hardware includes the original control plate, flat-topped knurled knobs and patent number bridge base which has been fitted with a trio of compensated steel Glendale saddles. Plastics include a replacement pickguard, extremely accurate to vintage spec and not an off-the-shelf guard, with a very specific sheen and edge bevel that’s just “right."
The ash body has been professionally refinished in gloss nitro lacquer by Eric Daw of Pin-Up Custom Guitars. The Lake Placid Blue finish has the right tint and saturation, with shattered glass lacquer checking and some simulated minor marks and edge wear exposing the correct white base coat. There’s barely a mark on the figured flame maple neck profile, which is smooth as silk from natural palm wear.
A tweed hardshell case is included.