1973 Fender Thinline (Prototype)

This is a vintage 1973 Fender Telecaster Thinline prototype. This likely 1-of-a-kind rosewood fingerboard Fender Telecaster Thinline is in 100% all original condition. The bold rosewood fingerboard combines with the rich walnut finish to create an absolutely gorgeous creation. Slightly reminiscent of a late-1960’s Rosewood Tele (Harrison style), this dark brown Tele is somehow both unassuming and quite attractive.

I purchased this guitar many years ago from a high profile southern California guitar dealer as the only known Tele Thinline with a rosewood fingerboard. It was suggested that due to it’s prototypical features, it did not receive a serial number, neither on the headstock nor the neck plate. In addition to the thick rosewood board fingerboard the guitar features an interesting decal which was not standardly used until around 1975-1976. There are also numerous notes and signatures on the underside of the pickguard. There is no date stamp on the bottom of the neck, nor is there one in the neck pocket. The original CTS pots have a date code of 1377324, indicating a 1973 production and assembly.

The guitar is in 100% all original mint condition. Clearly, the guitar was never seriously used. It works perfectly, plays amazingly, and sounds incredible. It includes a vintage Fender plastic case and a Fender Tele Thinline hangtag.

The Seth Lover Wide Range Humbucking Pickups (WRHP) sound incredible, and are also dated 1973. The neck is perfectly straight, and the action is low and extremely comfortable. The guitar is very light weight, at exactly 7 pounds.