Up for sale, a 2019 Fender American Original '50s Telecaster in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case, COA, and all case candy and hangtags. A relatively short-lived and now discontinued spin on the early '50s "Blackguard" Telecaster platform, this Fender is stunningly well-executed, with a nitro lacquer Butterscotch finish, Pure Vintage '52 pickups and modern three-way switching, a vintage-correct U-shaped neck profile carve and a modern 9 1/2" fretboard radius.
Weighing 8lbs 1oz with an ash body and one-piece maple neck, this Tele cuts and twangs with the best, delivering plenty of sparkling sonic authority in every pickup position. From chewy bridge position bite to bell-like neck pickup chime, this Tele covers all the essential tonal bases, with a rich, dynamic natural acoustic sound that offers impressive clarity, midrange complexity, and treble-centric definition. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a deep U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and rolled edges, filling the palm while fretting easily, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the "vintage tall" 6105 frets show virtually no wear with well-rounded crowns. The nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the Fender-branded Kluson Deluxe-style single line tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch as intended. The neck heel is stamped August 8th, 2019, with numerous factory stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics are stock with untouched solder, comprising Fender's Pure Vintage black bobbin pickups, cloth-covered leads, and CTS pots. Unlike earlier iterations of the American Vintage Tele model, the American Original has modern, player-friendly pickup switching with the conventional bridge/bridge+neck/neck options. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming.
The transparent Butterscotch finish is accented by a single-ply black pickguard which shows just a few faint scuffs across the strum path, and Fender even went to the trouble of using all flathead screws for an authentic look. An exceedingly well-kept example, wear on the gloss nitro lacquer Butterscotch finish is limited to just a couple light finish scratches in the clear coat on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
This guitar comes complete with the original tweed Fender G&G deluxe hardshell case with red poodle interior, as well as the COA and all hangtags and case candy.