1969 Fender Telecaster Blonde Finish ID-7320
1969 Fender Telecaster Blonde Finish
1969 was after the "transistion" period between Leo Fender management and CBS management. Even though it is a bit newer than the classic 50s models that are integral pieces of Fenders history, this killer '69 still plays like a dream and pushes out that classic Tele twang. Check out the stats on this Pre Owned Fender Telecaster.
Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music. Introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster in the autumn of 1949, it was the first guitar of its kind to be produced on a substantial scale.
Its commercial production can be traced as far back as March 1950. This was when the single - and dual-pickup Esquire models were first sold. The Telecaster® has been in continuous production in one form or another since its first incarnation.
This is an excellent example of a post-CBS, late-sixties Tele. It still holds its own in a lineup of the older vintage! The neck has a rounded, C-shape that fits perfectly in your left hand. The neck is solid maple with a maple fingerboard.
The body, unlike other Teles of the era, all blonde finished models were made of soild, one-piece ash. Other finishes were made of Alder, and almost always at least two pieces. One-piece bodies are preferable, and at 8 lbs, this one has the weight of an aged instrument.
This instrument has been inspected by Gruhn guitars and their analysis includes the following. The neck bears the stamp 3 22 017B, but the serial number and specifications of this instrument conform to 1969 with polyester finish, maple neck with walnut back stripe and no fingerboard. It has a black peghead decal, no diagonal wire route between the neck position pickup and the control cavity, blond body finish, and typical Telecaster electronics, hardware and ornamentation.
The white beveled edge laminated plastic pickguard is the correct style, but is a replacement. The guitar is in a circa 1966 through 1967 fender black Tolex covered hardshell case.
The pickups have been replaced with Seymour Duncans' and the switch is a replacement. All wiring except the positive output wire and the wire between the pots has been replaced. The volume pot is stamped with code 137-6636 indicating this component was made in the 36th week of the year 1966 and the tone pot is stamped 137-6634 indicating a manufacture date of the 34th week in the year 1966. Fender bought a large number of pots in 1966 and used them over a period of years on into the early 1970's.
This guitar has wear consistent with a vintage 1969 instrument. There are scratches and dents on the top, back, sides and headstock as well as some discoloration as well as a bent D tuner shaft which still operates as intended. We have done our best to capture all the wear in the detailed photos below. It has very minor fretwear and includes the original Tolex hardshell case.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 280600
- Top Wood: Ash
- Back Wood: Ash
- Nut Width: 1 5/8"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Year: 1969
- Inlays: Black Dot Fretboard Inlays
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Fretboard: Maple
- Nut Material: Bone
- Tuners: Closed Gear Nickel Fender
- Pickguard: 3-Ply White
- Headstock Inlay: Black Logo
- Neck Profile: Late 60's
- Pickup(s): Seymour Duncan
- Pickup Controls: Volume & Tone with Selector Switch
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included