Up for sale, a 1979 Fender Telecaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Channeling "Blackguard" features and aesthetics from the '50s, this Telecaster boasts a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck with a deep U neck profile carve. Acoustically, the guitar has a smooth, snappy tone with a nice midrange kick that’s present yet not too pronounced. The original single coils offer an array of classic Tele tonalities, with a biting, clear bridge pickup that equal parts chewy twang, complex midrange, and taut, sinewy low end. The neck pickup has a smooth, rich sound that's still sparkling and clear. Weighing 9lbs 5oz, this Telecaster has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a deep U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is quite clean with very faint palm wear along the fretboard edges, a couple small chips in the gloss on the treble side, and one spot of wear on the 1st fret. The maple fretboard retains the original fretwire, leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime with good meat remaining, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The stock nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the deeply ambered headstock is fitted with the original Schaller-made Fender F tuners with bright chrome plating. The S8-prefix serial number on the headstock spanned the last few years of the '70s, with the 1979 date stamp on the neck heel conclusive as to the year of production.
The electronics are 100% original, with untouched solder joints and original pickups and pots. The neck pickup has a black bobbin, while the bridge pickup is a gray bobbin variety with brass baseplate. The 1Meg CTS pots date to the 7th week of '79. The ash body has well-matched seams, accented by notably clean chrome hardware and the original glossy black three-ply pickguard which shows some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side.
The finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and while the finish retains quite a bit of transparency highlighting the grain of the ash, the finish has yellowed significantly to a deep shade of Butterscotch from what was undoubtedly a more neutral shade of natural when it left the factory. Cosmetic wear includes a bit of spotting in the finish on the bass side lower bout on top with some additional light finish scratches in this area, and some even fainter mottling of the deeply ambered Butterscotch gloss on the back treble side upper bout. There are minor finish chips and nicks on the parameter of the slab body, some light finish scratches across the back, and a slightly more matte appearance central to the back from either sitting in the case or against a pad of some sort
A vintage Fender black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is actually a few years earlier than the guitar with clean black leather ends, functional latches, and a Fender logo with "tail" on the exterior.