Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Custom Shop '69 Telecaster Thinline Reissue in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Founded in '87, the Fender Custom Shop represented a new top tier of USA production. Comprising a select team of luthiers, the Custom Shop's initial lineup was a who's who of Fender luminaries. Production totals were exceedingly small in the formative years of the Custom Shop, and this Thinline Tele is one of very few made that capture the Thinline's feature set circa 1969.
Featuring a semi-hollow ash body finished in gloss Sunburst nitro lacquer and paired with a maple neck and thick slab rosewood fretboard, this Tele delivers a big throaty natural acoustic voice with the midrange cut and tonal complexity of ash, as well as the airy sweetness of the semi-hollow construction. The black bobbin single coil pair features alnico V magnets with plenty of traditional Tele bite, twang, and snap on tap. Weighing 7lbs 1oz, this ‘69 Thinline has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, solid intonation, and low action.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with generous shoulder in every register and notable heft and chunk as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled edges and a modern 9 1/2" radius, retaining the original jumbo fretwire. These frets retain their full factory height and are nigh flawless with well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck, and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock features Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly. The back of the headstock retains the early Custom Shop logo with a small chip through the graphic, and the neck pocket and heel retain a full complement of factory stamps noting the Custom Shop provenance of the instrument. A production number is stamped in the neck pickup cavity, consistent with the factory body stamping practices of early Custom Shop instruments. The neck heel is stamped Sept, 24 1990.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots. The chrome plated hardware has ample shine, and the lightly aged white pearloid pickguard has great dimension, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the past 30+ years. Exceedingly well-kept, cosmetic wear on the nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst gloss finish is limited to one tiny finish chip on the lower bout body edge, an additional small chip adjacent to the neck plate mounting screws, and a few tiny marks and faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The deeply ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original tweed G&G hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar, and a few pieces of factory paperwork are also present.