This is a vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 217820, is in very excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case! This rather special specimen features; a factory Bigsby, a custom color Candy Apple Red finish, and a maple cap fingerboard!
Serial Number: 217820
Neck Stamp: 3 AUG 68 B
Pot Codes: 304-6617 (Stackpole)
Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 5.54Ω (bridge), 6.92Ω (neck)
This ’68 Fender Tele features: the original Candy Apple Red polyurethane finish, a maple cap fingerboard and a maple neck, a factory Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with the appropriate bridge plate, (2) single coil pickups, black Fender logo, “F” tuning machines, 3-ply white pickguard, multi-colored cloth wire, all original electronics with intact solder joints, and the original hard shell case.
The original C.A.R. finish (Candy Apple Red, Leo Fender’s favorite Fender color) is in excellent shape, though does exhibit typical playing and storage wear. There is interesting weather checking on certain areas of the body, but nothing overly distracting. There are two significant dings next to the input jack cup, as well as one on the upper left side. Otherwise, the finish is actually rather well preserved, and as can be seen in the photos, there is no unattractive fading whatsoever, which is quite rare. With a gold undercoat, this example presents in a very rich manner, unlike some with a silver undercoat.
The neck is perfectly straight, and the very comfortable soft open-C shape neck profile is an ease to play. The neck is in absolutely pristine condition, with no significant wear nor abuse, and only displays the slightest bit of fingerboard wear.
The pickups sound particularly great, and this era Fender Teles are consistently very good. Though they measure different resistances, the pickups have been adjusted to be relatively well-balanced when switching back and forth. The action is as low as it gets, and it is super comfortable to play. A Tele with a Bigsby is a magical combination, and for those who haven’t enjoyed the experience, I recommend trying one! This is by no means an exception, and the Bigsby enables subtle and sensitive vibrato in a very tasteful and accessible way.
The pickguard is structurally intact, and is perfectly preserved. The guitar even has a factory original white switch tip! Something quite cool, which I have never personally seen on any other Tele!
As can clearly be seen in the many photos, the guitar is really quite attractive and has tons of vintage vibe. The guitar weighs a comfortable 8 lbs 1 oz, and feels quite light. The original case is in excellent condition. All of the latches work perfect and the original handle is intact.