Here it is folks, in excellent condition, a stamped December 1971 Fender Telecaster makes its way home to Sherwood where it was originally purchased almost 50 years ago.
This instrument has had one owner and was retired from use in 1984. It was first serviced (!) and set up in 2019 with the neck pickup being rewound, and a complete fret dressing. Otherwise, this ash bodied-blondie has mostly spent the last 38 years in its original case.
Notably, the heavily yellowed finish on the body and neck are in outstanding condition. Removal of the pickguard reveals the original white blonde translucent paint untouched and glowing like a tan line. Plenty of glorious lacquer checking is evident throughout, though it's obvious that the guitar has been handled with extreme care for all of its existence. No breaks, structural repairs or signs of abuse.
That isn't to say that the guitar hasn't been enjoyed. The frets are low due to years of consistent play and subsequent leveling, though still a joy to play. The setup offers a pleasantly worked-in feel, that many 'Custom Shop' instruments painstakingly attempt to emulate. On the underside of the neck, there is some darkened spots where play wear is more evident and the finish applied to the fretboard has subtly lost some lustre in the expected positions.
The black case with its bright orange plush interior, wafts of the typical 'vintage' aroma that seasoned players and enthusiasts will recognize and enjoy. The compartment contains the original 1 meg CTS pots and switch (replacements are Dimarzio branded) as well some original rusty pickguard screws and chrome bridge cover.
All other hardware and parts are original and working as they should.
An extremely cool and historic collector piece and part of Fender (and Sherwood) history. Come on down and behold this beauty.