This is a vintage 1953 Fender Esquire/Telecaster electric guitar. This particular black guard example, serial number 3954, is in very nice all original condition and features; the original Butterscotch Blonde nitrocellulose finish over an attractive light-weight 1-piece Ash body, a soft-V large neck profile with original frets and finish, a black Bakelite scratch plate, (1) efficient and evenly-balanced single-coil pickup, and all original hardware! Easily one of the best playing and sounding Black Guards I’ve owned in some time, this guitar is much lighter than average, and has a soft-V neck shape which is utterly amazing. The subtle arm wear, handsomely distressed fingerboard, well-worn pickguard, and general patina is perfect, and the guitar displays quintessential relic-style wear in all the right places.
Serial Number: 3954 (on bridge plate)
Neck Date: TG 2-16-53
Body Date: Tade[o] 2-25-
There’s nothing note-worthy I could add to the volumes of praise and historical significance surrounding the early ’50s Fender Black Guard Teles that hasn’t already been published. Clearly, one of the most important guitars ever made, the ’52 Fender Tele has since become an icon in it’s own right. With Broadcasters being evaluated by blue books at a value exceeding $100,000.00, and the identical Nocaster being worth over $50,000.00, I still find these prices to be justified. In a way, Leo Fender’s original Broadcaster design (later being re-appropriated with the Telecaster moniker) is the impetus for the musical revolution that imminently followed. The ever-amazing part, however, is that this original design was brilliant and perfect, and that early Black Guard Telecasters and Esquires are considered to be some of the best guitars ever made.