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<aWhen Fender Customized the Tele … with a Little Help from Martin

In 1959, Alaska as well as Hawaii became the 49th as well as 50th states in the U.S. However guitar followers understand ’59 as an epic year for both Les Pauls and Telecasters– 2 preferred tastes among meat-and-potatoes 6-string connoisseurs. On the Fender side of the food selection, that’s the year the Telecaster and Esquire Custom models debuted, at the NAMM program in June.Honestly, there had not been much that was different about the 1960 Tele, exemplified by this month’s

Telecaster Custom

instrument. The greatest adjustment was a change from all-maple necks to slab rosewood fretboards installed on maple. This was likewise provided for Stratocasters and various other versions at the time.With its choice location, top bout, as well as back put on, this guitar has actually been used difficult– which is typically a sign that it’s a great-sounding and playing instrument.The 1960 Tele Custom likewise has what the 1960 Fender catalog rather undoubtedly called a” customized treatment of the body. “What exactly does that suggest? The catalog notes that” an attractive very refined sunburst coating is used, and also the bottom as well as top edges of the strong body are trimmed with contrasting white binding.” Fender originally had problem keeping that binding glued in position and also had to seek advice from the Martin Guitar business to learn the appropriate technique.Telecaster Custom Our well-worn 1960 Telecaster Custom appears to be ended up in a 2-color sunburst (as made use of on Strats from 1954 to 1958). After removing the pickguard, the original unfaded red from a 3-color sunburst can be seen. A.R. Duchossoir, in his book The Fender Telecaster, prices estimate Fender designer Bill Carson regarding this red pigment:” We needed to look as well as

1960 Telecaster Custom

so we splashed several blocks of alder and also put them on the top of the structure to see which ones would fade as well as which ones would not. The red just merely got gobbled up in this chemical interaction.” Probably this guitar belonged to that colorful experiment? For the record, Fender did take care of to locate a consistent red by 1961. This guitar, and all other Tele Customs from 1960, have an alder body with a 3-ply pickguard. Criterion, non-custom-color Teles kept a single-ply white pickguard for a pair much more years. The control set is the common T-style 3-way pick-up selector with quantity as well as tone dials. In 1972, the Fender Telecaster Custom first showed up with a Seth Lover-designed humbucker in the neck port, which’s the arrangement made well-known by Keith Richards– maybe the most notable Telecaster Custom player.With its selecting location, upper spell, and back wear, this guitar has been used hard– which is typically an indication that it’s a great-sounding as well as playing instrument. This version’s original list price was $239.50. The current worth for one in this condition is$ 20,000.

Behind the Tele is a Fender Pro-Amp from April 1960. From its introduction in 1946 as The Professional, this amp utilized a 15″ speaker. It evolved from the ’40s “woodie” version to numerous tweed looks, consisting of a television front, a vast panel, as well as a narrow panel. In 1960, the Pro et cetera of the line transitioned to brown Tolex covering. The 1960 Pro pictured has two 6L6 power tubes pressing 40 watts with a Jensen P15N. The typical network has treble, bass, as well as volume controls, while the vibrato channel has volume, treble, bass, rate, strength, as well as existence controls. The original rate was $289.50. The current worth is $2,500.

Resources for this article include The Fender Telecaster: The Detailed Story of America’s Senior Solid Body Electric Guitar by A.R. Duchossoir as well as Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years by John Teagle and also John Sprung.

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This guitar, as well as all various other Tele Customs from 1960, have an alder body with a 3-ply pickguard.

Note the distinctive upper-and-lower-case design name on the headstock, versus Fender’s traditional all-caps variations.

Behind the Tele is a Fender Pro-Amp from April 1960.