Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Telecaster Custom One-Off in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This guitar boasts circa 1954 Telecaster aesthetics and tonewoods with a one-ply white pickguard, two-tone Sunburst finish over an alder body, and one-piece maple neck and fingerboard, yet with the ivory top and back binding first seen on the Telecaster Custom model circa 1959 (when Fender had already switched to rosewood fingerboards).
This mashup of early Tele specs results in a visually stunning guitar, subtle in its appointments and a true one-off as part of Fender Japan's Order Made program during their golden age of Fujigen factory production. The guitar features matching Order Made production number stamps on the body and neck heel, further cementing its provenance.
The guitar delivers classic Tele chewy twang and cut via the stock pickup pair, with a shimmering snap from the flat pole bridge pickup, and a smooth, round-sounding neck pickup with a bell-like chime. This Tele is featherweight at 7lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius, with practically perfect original slender fretwire that shows just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and on the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket retain their original matching Order Made stamps. The "Made in Japan" text is also present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to 1991. The "Pat. Pending" bridge plate has spiral saddles, embossed with the A-prefix serial number. The flat-topped knurled knobs and tall "top hat" switch tip also reference a '60s Tele Custom, and the hardware is in great shape, showing light patina on the edges of the bridge base and control plate.
The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is framed by deeply ambered body binding, and cosmetic wear includes some dings and finish scratches in the clear coat on the back, and some dings on top as well, largely concentrated in the black of the Sunburst on the bass-side lower bout. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with just one small nick central to the carve behind fret 3.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.