1978 Fender Telecaster, Olympic White

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Nice example of a late seventies Fender Telecaster in factory Olympic White with Black Pickguard. The seventies would see Fender implement lots of changes through the decade with the introduction of new models and changes in construction and manufacturing to existing models with the exception of the Leo’s first design. The Telecaster would remain for the most, unaltered throughout the ‘70s, retaining the 4 bolt neck attachment, body end truss rod adjustment, pickup configuration and overall appearance of its earlier 50’s and 60’s siblings.
This example dates to 1978 and is in excellent overall condition. The original finish is even with and clean with none of the dreaded discolouration from stands that can affect white guitars in particular. The Maple neck is blemish free with only a slight variation in hue between the Nitrocelulose headstock front and urethane lacquered neck, the Indian rosewood fingerboard has a nice uniform colour with no groves or playing wear. Both pickups share the plastic coated wiring expected from this era with the 2 CTS pots falling within the ’78 range, solder appears untouched. Hardware comprises of Schaller made Fender ‘F’ tuners with the newly introduced Fender 6 saddle bridge.
The black 3-ply pickguard has all the traits of a Seventies ‘guard but is missing it’s serial number sticker. Under the pickguard there are duplicate mounting screw holes leading us to believe the guard is a later replacement.
Late seventies Fenders have seen a real increase in popularity recently and despite production numbers being greater than the ‘50s and ‘60s good examples are getting harder to find.
The guitar is in excellent condition, weighs in at 9.3 lbs and comes with a black late seventies style Fender case.