11/03/2018

1973 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar




Aside from a refinish (of an Olympic White paintjob!) on the body, this Tele Deluxe is all-original. It's also absolutely-cool. Who doesn't like the snappy wide range humbuckers on these? Well -- aside from the not-quite-right pole spacing, anyway. They sound like you're getting hit with a '50s raygun -- but sonically. Love at first click-zaaaap!

I worked on this guitar for a customer and it received a fresh refret with jumbo wire, much cleaning-up of funky electronics, and a good general setup. It plays absurdly-fast, now, and the Strat-centric neck gives it a much more rock-machine feel to me. Barred chords are where it's at on this one.

Specs are: 25 1/2" scale length, 1 11/16" nut width, 1 5/16" string spacing at the nut, 2 1/16" spacing at the bridge, 12 5/8" lower bout, 11" upper bout, and 1 3/4" side depth. Action is spot-on at hair-over 1/16" EA and 1/16" DGBE at the 12th fret, strung with 46w-10 gauges. The neck is straight, the truss functions, and the neck has a mild-to-medium C profile with a 9.5" radius to the board.

Materials are: ash body, one-piece maple neck with skunk stripe, b/w/b pickguard, and Fender Wide-Range humbucking pickups. 

Condition issues: refinished body, minor scratchiness in some of the old control pots, general wear-and-tear to the fretboard and neck.

Work included: a refret of the neck, proper setup, cleaning, and electronics mucking-about. I also had to cut the original bullet truss nut down about 1/4" to expose non-stripped threads on it and so get the truss-rod back to functional again.












1 comment:

Nicholas Ratnieks said...

Of course, this axe- or a similar version was played by Mick Green- from 1963 a member of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates and later in the reformed Pirates. Here he is with Paul McCartney and Dave Gilmour and other luminaries during a revival of McCartney's R'n' R credentials- nearly 20 years ago. Of course, he was a big influence on British guitarists in the 60s but he like all the rest was inspired by James Burton, Duane Eddy and others. However, James Burton was the biggest influence in the UK, and quite rightly so as Rick Nelson hits with James Burton on them were the inspiration- Stop Sneakin' Around blowing minds across the island.Keith Richards I seem to recall said at the induction of James into the Hall of Fame: "I bought James Burton records."

I think most of this concert is on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sOrODXC7OQ