Here is a vintage 1979 Fender Telecaster electric guitar in a rare Transparent Red finish. This particular example, serial number S835197, is in good all original condition and includes the original Fender Bullet plastic case. Produced for a surprisingly limited time after the late-70’s black plastic adorned models, this Fullerton-made Tele features a factory original white 3-ply plastic pickguard and a maple neck, which is more similarly aligned with Teles produced between 1969 to 1976. Though produced in the late-70’s, it is actually more reminiscent of those made earlier. Perfect for players and collectors alike, this is a really great vintage Tele, in a great color, for a very good price!
Serial Number: S835197
Neck Date: 1302 – 4283
Potentiometer Codes: 1377911 (CTS)
Weight: 9 lbs. 8 oz.
This ’79 Fender Telecaster features: an Ash body with a Translucent (Trans) Red polyurethane finish, a 1-piece maple neck, “F” style Schaller tuning machines, a 1978 neck and serial number decal, ’79 CTS pots, (2) single coil pickups, a 4-bolt neck construction, and the original molded plastic Bullet hard case.
Aside from the unfortunate, yet all too common, brass nut replacement, this Tele is in 100% original condition. Weighing over 9 pounds, the Tele is heavier than your average example, which is also the norm when it comes to 1970s Fender instruments. The original Trans Red finish exhibits extreme crackling from weather-checking patters, that has resultantly caused finish loss in several visible areas. The paint is only fragile when the exterior is met with abrasive treatment, and will not simply erode while sitting in its case.
The guitar plays and sounds great, and the neck actually feels really fantastic. As is the case with all of our guitars, the guitar was setup with Pyramid .010-.046 gauge strings. The frets have plenty of life left, and the intonation is accurate.