Here’s a vintage 1969 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 258171, is in nice vintage condition and includes the original hard shell case! This players Tele has extreme curb appeal and is clearly the kind which has wear in all the right places.
Serial Number: 258171
Neck Stamp: 3 258 9 9B
Pot Codes: 137 6632, 137 6636 (CTS)
Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 7.06Ω (bridge), 3.93Ω (neck)
This players guitar is mostly original and features; the original polyurethane blonde finish, black Fender logo, “F” tuning machines, gray bobbin bridge pickup, black bobbin neck pickup, CTS pots, 3-way switch, all plastic wiring, knobs, original pearloid back pickguard, bridge, hardware and case.
The original blonde finish is in overall nice shape, though does have a few cosmetic issues. It appears someone had carved a square outline around the bridge, though only goes through the finish and not into the wood. While this issue could be addressed with some paint and polish, I leave that up to the next owner. Aside from that, the only noticeable wear are typical dings around the body, some belt buckle rash on the back, and some case gassing which resulted in the blonde finish turning slightly pink around the edges.
The neck is perfectly straight, and the very comfortable soft open-C shape neck profile is an ease to play. The neck underwent a refret recently, which makes this guitar the ultimate players piece. There is some light sanding on the headstock, though is hardly noticeable. The pickups sounds great, and this era Fender Teles are consistently very good. While the neck pickup output reads slightly low, it is not a significant audible difference and the pickup still sounds amazing. This is a genuinely great guitar, as indicated by the consistent and respected playing wear. The action is as low as it gets, and it is super comfortable to play.
The original bridge has been sanded and exhibits heavy oxidation. The original control plate exhibits oxidation as well, and parts of the chrome has peeled off. The pickguard is structurally intact, though has cracked around 4 screw holes. The original pickguard mounting screws and bridge mounting screws have been replaced with spec reissues.
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 perfectly and the original handle is intact.