Here is a vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 298608, is in extremely excellent 100% entirely all original condition and includes the original hangtag, the original “ash tray” bridge cover, the original Fender leather strap, as well as, the original hard shell case. This beautifully well-preserved example features the fantastic combo of both a maple cap fingerboard and a near pristine Ash body with Blonde finish. One of the great Tele variations, the mid-late ’60s Blonde maple cap is favorited by many for being a great performing player’s guitar while retaining the classic Tele aesthetic. This is an unplayed, uncirculated, very fine specimen.
Serial Number: 298608 (F plate)
Neck Date Stamp: APR 68 B
Potentiometer Codes: 137-6631 (CTS)
Bridge Pickup Resistance: 6.09Ω
Neck Pickup Resistance: 6.76Ω
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
This stunning ’68 Fender Tele features: a nitrocellulose lacquer maple cap neck with Schaller-made F-tuner tuning machines, a polyurethane Blonde body finish over a slab Ash body, matching CTS potentiometers, gray-bobbin bridge pickup, multi-colored plastc wiring, chrome-plated knurled barrel control knobs, original bridge plate with (3) smooth (non-threaded) saddles, the original Fender-branded leather strap, the original ash tray bridge cover, the original matching hangtag with the corresponding serial number inscribed within, and the original black tolex Fender case with orange interior.
The guitar is quite light weight, in fact, it is proably the lightest Tele from this era I have ever held in my hands. Consequently, it sounds fantastic and is incredibly comfortable. The pickups are evenly balanced and complement the guitar perfectly, capable of producing both Tele twang and rich single-coil tone. The guitar was re-strung with Pyramid .009s, and it is absolutely effortless to play.
There is some typical case storage wear resulting in a few dings around the edges of the guitar. Otherwise, there is not much visible wear, with no significant playing wear. There is no visible weather-checking, and the finish is as smooth as glass. The original pearloid-backed pickguard exhibits usual shrinkage, and though several screw holes have been stressed, the pickguard is intact and complete. Even the case is approaching a mint condition rating with no visible wear aside from minimal hardware oxidation.