Here is a vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster Custom electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 250587, is in very good vintage condition and features the rare original “Bigsby” vibrato factory upgrade, as well as, the original hard shell case. This double-bound sunburst Tele Custom features the original maple cap fingerboard and is 100% all original. Considered by many Telecaster enthusiasts to be one of the most classic Tele varieties, the particularly attractive aesthetic makes a traditional Tele seem almost boring.
On a very strange note, this Tele Custom has an odd factory stamp under the pickguard that reads, “666.” Clearly original, and obviously not meeting the requirements for either a factory refin inventory number, or special order designation, it appears it might have been added in jest. Regardless of intent, whether it was done so in purposeful reference to the Devil, it has since become known to us in the shop as the “Satanicaster.”
Serial Number: 250587 (F Plate)
Neck Date: 3 JUN 68 B
Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.
Pot Codes: 304 6617 (Stackpole)
Neck Pickup Resistance/Output: 6.75Ω
Bridge Pickup Resistance/Output: Weak
This ’68 Fender Telecaster Custom features: a double bound 3-tone Sunburst Polyurethane finish Alder body, a rare Maple-cap fingerboard & maple neck, factory Bigsby vibrato upgrade, complete cloth wiring, gray bobbin bridge pickup, “F” tuning machines, all original hardware, and the original hard shell case.
The maple cap neck is one of my personal favorites, and this particular one feels incredible, with an extremely comfortable contour and shape. The neck displays very little wear, and is well-preserved in comparison to the condition of the body. The guitar is in nice playing condition, and is definitely an instrument for a real player, as there are several condition issues which might prevent a collector of mint condition items from being interested. But as far as we’re concerned, this guitar was made to be played, and in that respect, it’s fantastic.
Though this guitar is still in 100% original condition, it has definitely been used an abused. There is evidence of intentional scratching on the face of the guitar: a series of hatch-marks were lightly carved into the clear coat to cover the name “HARLEY,” also written with what appears to be the fine corner of a razor blade. It is actually quite difficult to see in most photos and from most angles, and it is possible that a luthier could even buff it out and remove it completely. The back of the guitar also has some very light intentional scratches in the shape of a square, probably around the perimeter where a sticker was once placed. Exhibiting binding shrinkage in several areas, the body exhibits evidence of severe weather exposure, not from moisture however.