1971 Fender Telecaster


Summary: A classic tele in every respect, with a light ash body, maple neck and tons of spank and twang.

Body: Ash. Blonde finish.

Neck: One-piece maple with “skunk” stripe. Slightly beefy D profile. Black dot fretboard markers. 25.5” scale length. 1 5/8” nut width.

Pickups/Hardware: Two single coil Telecaster pickups. String-through Telecaster bridge with threaded string saddles. Three-way “top hat” selector switch. One volume and one tone control with knurled knobs. F-stamped tuners. Single string tree. White pickguard. Replacement bone nut.

Cosmetics: This finish has aged to a buttery yellow and is in overall good condition. There are three hairline finish cracks near the neck joint that are only superficial. There is a nickle-sized area of wear near the input jack and a pea-sized spot on the finish by the upper bout strap button. All chrome hardware is in very good shape, apart from some corrosion to the chrome on the input jack. The neck is in great condition with a small amount of playwear on the board. Frets are in excellent shape, very full with little wear.

Playability: This Tele is light and acoustically resonant. It’s comfortable and fast-playing; the action is low with no buzzing or dead spots. The neck pickup has been rewound and sounds fantastic. The tone is classic Tele: bright, twangy and authoritative.

Mods/Repairs: Replacement nut. Rewound neck pickup.

Weight: 7 lbs, 2 oz.

Case: Original hard shell.