This is a vintage Fender guitar case made by Bulwin Mfg. Used with, and appropriate for, both production models at the time, this “poodle” case will work for a 1953-1954 Telecaster/Esquire or 1954 Stratocaster. Perhaps most associated with the introduction of the Fender Stratocaster in 1954, this case was used prior to such when coupled with black guard Telecasters and Esquires the previous year. This very rare case was produced for approximately one year, and with many having been trashed and discarded, there are definitely more guitars than there are cases, making the this case more rare than the guitar it was made to protect.
Though this case is not in great condition, and exhibits structural fatigue, damage and wear, it will suffice as the perfect complement to your highly valuable vintage Fender guitar!
Exhibiting expected evidence of wear, 2 of the 3 latches work perfectly and display some expected oxidation The third latch is missing it’s counterpart on the top lid portion of the case. The handle is surprisingly intact for being a 60 year old case. The top has started coming apart but the case does close, although is not the safest storage for your vintage Fender.
The red interior is in remarkably good shape, though does show signs of having stored a guitar for many years, with an imprint of a Tele body inside. This accessory compartment is still intact and functional with the original leather tab in excellent shape. The interior does not smell nor emit an odor.
A serious luggage repairman can probably restore this case with minimal effort, as it mostly needs reinforcement.
Do not miss this chance to buy the case you need for your vintage Fender guitar, as you might not get another opportunity like this for years to come!
While there is conflicting documentation and inaccurate history regarding the “poodle” case from several online sources, the photographic evidence confirms that the same case was used for both the 1953-1954 Fender Telecaster/Esquire, as well as, the 1954 Fender Stratocaster.