Up for sale, a 2000 Fender ‘67 vintage reissue “Sonny” left-handed Telecaster model TL67-80SPL in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for an upgraded Texas Special bridge pickup. The only iteration ever offered by Fender of Keith Richard’s #2 Tele “Sonny,” this exceedingly rare and long ago discontinued Tele was produced in particularly small numbers exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. While Keef’s “Micawber” Telecaster often gets the majority of the limelight, his “Sonny” Tele is an equally vital part of the Stones’ sound.
Tonewoods include a white ash body and maple neck, delivering plenty of natural midrange authority and treble detail. The pickup complement is extremely versatile, with the original Dragster humbucker at the neck and the upgraded Fender Texas Special single coil at the bridge. The Texas Special is bright and bold, chock-full of classic Tele twang and snap, while the Dragster humbucker is full and round. This guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rounded fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius with flawless stock slender fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width, and on the headstock, the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The O-prefix serial and “Crafted in Japan” text are present above the four-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the Dragster humbucker and Texas Special wired to the stock full-size 500k pots and an added Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. Hardware includes the solid brass six-saddle bridge paired with a chrome-plated control plate and dome-top knurled knobs. The one-ply black pickguard rounds out the plastics. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish includes some dings mostly relegated to the body perimeter. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.