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2007 Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster Honey Blonde Blackguard Near Mint w/ Tweed Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 2007 Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case, hangtags, and case candy. Essentially an Artist Series variant on the American Vintage '52 Tele platform, this G.E. Smith Tele is one of the first few dozen produced in the model's introductory year (now discontinued), featuring a lightweight ash body and Honey Blonde nitro lacquer finish.

Through his six hit-making years with Hall and Oates, his decade-long run as Saturday Night Live bandleader, and his touring stints with Bob Dylan, Smith is widely hailed as a modern master of the Telecaster. In his honor, Fender created this Artist Series Tele, a special guitar that combines '40s-era Fender lap steel fretboard inlays with a '50s-era Telecaster feature set. This Tele boasts a U-shaped maple neck, lap steel "oval and diamond" fingerboard inlays, a custom cut-off vintage-style bridge plate, and body-mounted bridge pickup. Weighing 7lbs 6oz, this Tele has been professionally setup here at Mike & MIke's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and easy-playing action.

The one-piece maple neck has a '50s-spec U-shaped profile carve, and it's a proper "boat neck" with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .940" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the slender fretwire shows just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" nut width, and the headstock has Kluson-style tuners and a '50s-spec spaghetti Fender decal. The neck heel has numerous factory stamps and dates from Jan and Feb of 2007.

The electronics all function as intended, with untouched solder and CTS pots that date to the 21st week of '06. The control plate, flat-topped knurled knobs, and bridge have bright chrome plating, and plastics include the '50s-style switch tip and Bakelite-style one-ply pickguard mounted with all flathead screws. The Honey Blonde nitro lacquer finish is shot nice and thin, and the dynamic grain of the ash body can be felt through the finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few tiny marks and faint finish scratches on the edges of the back, and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and case candy.