Up for sale, a 1970's Fender Telecaster Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Comprising a Telecaster Deluxe neck from 1973 and a fully loaded Deluxe body from 1978, this Fender features a solid ash body and pair of original Seth Lover-designed Wide Range Humbuckers. As the architect of the original Gibson "PAF" humbucker, Seth Lover subsequently made his mark on Fender with the Wide Range pickup, a unique oversized humbucker constructed using individually slotted and threaded pole pieces made from CuNiFe (copper-nickel-iron) magnets. The result is a pickup that has Fender's signature sparkle and cut, yet with the added warmth and fullness of a humbucker. This Telecaster is a punchy, powerful-sounding instrument with the notable clarity and percussive power of this pickup design and the midrange presence of ash as a tonewood. This Tele weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C shaped profile with full shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. On the maple fretboard, the original frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays easily in every register up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Fender-branded Schaller-made chrome tuning machines. Unique among Fender date stamps, the neck heel has a bold and original "Tele Deluxe 73" heel stamp only seen on this model.
All of the electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 44th week of '76. The S7-prefix serial sticker is present on the back of the pickguard, and the original date stamps on the baseplates of the Wide Range humbuckers date to '78. All of the original hardware is present including the six saddle bridge with clean chrome plating, and plastics comprise the original three-ply pickguard and a quartet of modern witch hat knobs.
The original Natural gloss finish has lightly ambered, with light buckle rash central to the back, light forearm wear on the bass-side lower bout on top, and some additional minor marks on the body as a whole. There is some expected pick scuffing across the pickguard and Fender-embossed Wide Range covers, and one extra cleanly doweled strap button hole just above the neck plate. The neck also retains its original gloss finish with some scattered shallow nicks on the headstock edge and neck profile, none of which are distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case features the raised Fender logo on the exterior, functional latches, and the original handle.