This is a vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 213403, is in extremely excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original “ash tray” bridge cover. This beautiful example features; an exotic flamed maple neck with a maple cap fingerboard, a near pristine Blonde lacquer finish, and completely intact electronics with cloth wiring. 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.
Serial Number: 213403 (F plate)
Potentiometer Codes: 304-663x, 304-6617 (Stackpole)
Bridge Pickup Resistance: 6.07Ω
Neck Pickup Resistance: 5.25Ω
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
The guitar is quite light, and sounds fantastic. 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 finish discoloration on the back of the body, consistent with typical case interior discoloration. Otherwise, there is not much visible wear, with no significant playing wear. The original pearloid-backed pickguard exhibits usual shrinkage, with a chip on one corner screw, and a split through another.
The guitar has several interesting stamps and number designations under the pickguard, within the neck pocket, and in the bridge pickup cavity. With obviously original finish, it can be determined that these numbers suggest an employee guitar.