1966 Fender Telecaster

Here is a vintage 1966 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particularly attractive example, serial number 147854, is in very excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case, the original leather strap, and the original ash tray bridge cover. With a maple cap fingerboard, a transitional logo decal, a beautiful nitrocellulose blonde finish, complete cloth-wiring, and a couple vintage accessories, this pre-CBS spec., exceptional example would be perfect for both players and collectors alike! Highly coveted for being a fantastic variety of Tele, some players feel that ’66 maple-cap Teles are better than their predecessors, and in this case, they’re probably right.

Serial Number: 147854 (F Plate)
Neck Date: 3 APR 66 B
Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz
Neck Pickup Resistance/Output: 7.18Ω
Bridge Pickup Resistance/Output: 6.27Ω

Produced during an active transition between pre-CBS methods and those more regularly employed during the late-60’s CBS-era, this very early ’66 Tele features mostly pre-CBS appointments, including: all nitrocellulose finishing techniques, cloth wiring, and traditional spec parts. As mentioned, it features a transitional logo decal, a rare Maple-cap neck, a gray bobbin bridge pickup, “Double Line” Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, all original hardware, and the original hard shell case.

This light-weight example is in very excellent cosmetic condition, features a very subtle, yet attractive, even fade on the body, a beautifully preserved maple cap fingerboard, and of course, all original components. The neck feels absolutely perfect, and features a medium-depth soft D-shape profile with the factory larger fret stock that was commonplace amongst Fender from ’66. The pickups are powerful and full of personality and organic breath. Clear, but still robust, it definitely achieves instant Tele twang with an unmistakeable edge.

There is very little wear to speak of, as the see-through Blonde finish only displays very light case wear with just a hint of playing wear. There are a couple of visible dings on the front of the Ash body, otherwise, just very light expected blemishes.

Easily one of the best mid-60’s Fender guitars, the maple cap fingerboard really infuses this Tele with a unique and exciting personality.