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1966 Fender Telecaster

Serial # 128428, neck dated the 3rd of March 1966, pots dated 6609.

A gorgeous rosewood-necked transition-era Fender Telecaster. This one was brought to us by its longtime owner, a local woman who was given the guitar by her parents in the mid 1970's. It's not been played for years, we've been told, and it's ready for a new home.

An early CBS-era guitar, this 66 Telecaster features mostly pre-CBS specs. Lacquer finished ash body, dark-circuit wiring, and Kluson tuning machines. Transition logo, 'F' neck plate, one black and one grey bobbin pickup, threaded saddles. The guitar is completely original but for new knobs and switch tip. The original dark circuit wiring is intact, although there appear to have been repairs to some of the solder joints. Original large frets (first year feature) are in great shape, and the guitar appears to have lived its entire life with its bridge-cover in place. Pretty cool.

The original finish is nicely worn but not abused. There are chipped and worn body edges, and lighter areas where the top coats of lacquer are wearing thinner. The neck finish shows typical wearing through, and there are bare patches up to the 10th fret. Original tuners work well, original nut is properly adjusted and has never been removed from the neck.

The guitar weighs in at 7 lbs, 4oz. Pickups read 6.1 and 5.9 kOhms. Amazing neck feel and vibe. The pickups are excellent, although we'd love to wire it without the dark circuit on the neck pickup and hear the middle position goodness this one could offer!

With non-original hardshell case

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