This is a vintage 1954 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular 100% all original example, serial number 7813, is a rare transitional variety that features the early style flat pole piece bridge pickup (just like those found on early Black Guards), in addition to belonging to the first year of the white pick guard era. Many have always considered early White Guards to be the obvious Black Guard bargain, as the differences between a ’53 and this ’54 are subtle and entirely superficial.
Serial Number: 7813
Neck Date: TG 12-54 (Tadeo Gomez, Dec., ’54)
Pot Codes: 304 4xx
Weight: 8 lbs 6 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 5.41Ω, neck 6.63Ω
This ’54 Fender Telecaster features; a 2-piece (center seam) Ash body with a butterscotch blonde finish, a very comfortable large deep C-profile maple neck with significant figuring and flame, original nut and frets, no-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, a 5-screw pattern white pick guard, a flat pole piece bridge pickup, original neck pickup, highly-domed knurled control knobs, non-serialized bridge plate with steel saddles, all original electronics, serial number on neck plate, and non-original reissue thermometer case.
An all-around fantastic instrument, this guitar plays and feels like the best Black Guard I’ve ever owned. The large neck shape feels great regardless of personal preference, and the pickups sound absolutely remarkable. Highly balanced with incredible output, the bridge pickup exhibits both quintessential Tele twang and highly musical bandwidth.
With a very attractive patina and an understated mild mojo, this guitar looks beautiful. There are no cracks, no breaks, and no repairs. The guitar does not display an inordinate amount of buckle rash nor neck/fret wear. With enough vibe to make this Tele fun to play, but most certainly not too much.