Up for sale, a 1973 Fender Telecaster Custom in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a new carved bone nut, this Telecaster boasts the original Bigsby B5 vibrato tailpiece with a gloss Mocha finish over the alder body. The guitar has a clear, balanced acoustic quality, and the uncommon rosewood fingerboard adds additional warmth and detail. A textbook example of what makes these guitars beloved, this guitar blends the twang and sparkle of a classic Telecaster bridge pickup with the humbucker warmth of the Seth Lover-designed Fender "Wide Range" pickup in the neck position. A very clear and percussive sounding humbucker design with more shimmer and top end detail than most dual coil pickups, the Wide Range humbucker pairs very well with the bridge position single coil in terms of output, and the two pickups compliment each other very well when both are engaged. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Telecaster with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with full-feeling shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a nice dark cut of this tonewood with pearloid dot inlay and original slender frets. The frets have well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock sports the original Fender "F" tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well with gleaming chrome plating. The neck heel retains its bold black ink stamp which dates to '73.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and original CTS pots which date to the 24th week of '73. Both original pickups have their factory stamps, including the gray bobbin bridge pickup with stock brass baseplate. Equipped from the factory with a Fender-branded Bigsby B5 vibrato and corresponding Jazzmaster-style bridge, this Telecaster offers expressive warbles and flutters, jumping back to the original pitch reliably. Plastics include the original quartet of witch hat knobs and the large three-ply pickguard which exhibits some pick scuffing on the treble side, extending to the Wide Range cover.
The transparent Mocha gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting a slightly musty, smokey odor that should dissipate over time. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few small nicks where the forearm crosses the top, a faint spot of buckle rash at the treble-side waist, and just a few additional light scuffs and marks on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth gloss, and the profile is very clean save for one small nick of note on the treble-side shoulder at the 14th fret.
The original black tolex Fender hardshell case is included. The case features black leather ends, a trio of original functional latches, stock handle, and raised Fender logo on the exterior.