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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”

- Dave Rogers

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Fender Telecaster, '68

Paisley Red, Serial # 224066.

The “hippie” youth movement of 1960s began influencing mainstream society after the “Summer of Love” in 1967. By 1968 major companies realized there was money to be made by appealing to this large group (Baby Boomers).  Fender (owned by CBS) was no exception.

 

Fender’s original solidbody, the Telecaster, was picked to receive the “Flower Power” treatment with two new finishes: Paisley Red, and Blue Flower. These finishes were accomplished by sticking patterned wallpaper to the bodies and spraying clear polyester over the top. The original Fender ad copy also had a hippiesque tone: “Paisley Red Pulsates with every beat and swirls in a blinding carousel of color forms and tones.”

 

As groovy as these guitars were, they never caught on with the psychedelic rockers they were intended for. Ironically, the most visible guitarist to use a Paisley Tele was rockabilly/country session great James Burton.  The ’69 Paisley Tele remained his main stage guitar until his signature model debuted in 1990.

 

Those wanting to hear Burton’s Paisley Tele in action can check out “Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden” and Gram Parson’s “GP” and “Grievous Angel” albums.

 

Fender Jaguar, '65

Ice Blue Metallic, Serial # L87495.

 

Fender Telecaster, '60

Blond, Serial # 60312.

What do Steve Cropper, Jimmy Page, Michael Bloomfield, and Robbie Robertson have in common? Besides being some of the most influential guitar players of all time, each did some of his finest work on a rosewood fingerboard early ‘60s Fender Telecaster.

Why did so many great players choose this type of guitar? It could be because of its gritty biting sound, or its durability and simplicity. It was also affordable. Especially second hand, a Tele would be within the reach of a young player at the start of his career who needed a reliable inexpensive tool. The reasons don’t matter as much as the fact that so much great music was made on these unadorned utilitarian planks of wood. 

This example from the collection has all the features common to early rosewood fingerboard Telecasters.

It has a Brazilian rosewood “slab board” fingerboard on a slim maple neck (seen until mid-1962), clay dots (seen until 1964), Single ply white pickguard (seen until 1963), and an ash body with an almost opaque creamy blonde finish.

When examining the metal bridge plate, six extra holes can be seen at the end near the bridge saddle screws. These holes were originally intended to hold the strings on the unpopular top-loading bridge used from mid 1958 to mid 1959. Since Leo Fender never wasted a usable part, these bridges were converted back to the original string-through design when the top loading system was abandoned. These top-loading bridges can be seen from 1959 as late as 1962.

The original owner of this Tele decided to buy it with the less expensive plastileather padded bag instead of the typically seen brown tolex case.

 

Fender Custom Telecaster, '66

Candy Apple Red, Serial #173125. Maple fingerboard - a rare combination! This nice one came from Reeve Little!

 

Fender Esquire, '62

Blond, Serial # 89802.

 

Fender Custom Esquire, ’67

Sunburst, Serial #208410, Neck Date September '67.
 

Fender Telecaster, '64

Serial # L20086.

 

Fender Jaguar, '64

Candy Apple Red, Serial # L73504.

 

Fender Custom Telecaster, ’68

Sunburst, Serial # 218821.
 

Fender Telecaster, '63

Sunburst, Serail # L27206.

Known unfficially among Kinks fans as the "Ray Davies Model".

 

Fender Stratocaster, '54

Sunburst, Serial # 6779.

 

Fender Stratocaster, '55

Sunburst, Serial # 8201.

 

Fender Telecaster, '58

Blonde, Serial # 29411.

 

Fender Esquire, '59

Blonde, Serial # 37809.

 

Fender Custom Telecaster, '66

Sunburst, Serial # 177050.

 

Fender Jaguar, '64

Sea Foam Green, Serial # L48186.

 

Fender Custom Telecaster, '66

Sunburst, Serial # 177029.

 

Fender Telecaster, '60

Blond, Serial # 51512.

 

Fender Jaguar, '64

Firemist Gold, Serial # L52085.

 

Fender Jaguar, '64

Black, Serial # L50480.

 

Fender Jaguar, '68

Lake Placid Blue, Serial # 225899.

 

Fender Jaguar, '66

Sunburst, Serial # 160488.

 

Fender Electric XII, '68

Sunburst, Serial # 242501.

 

Fender Duo Sonic, '59

Desert Sand, Serial # 36349.

In 1955 Fender Sales decided the company needed inexpensive student electric guitar models added to the existing lineup which included The Esquire, The Telecaster, The Stratocaster, and the Precision bass.  These beginner electrics were introduced by 1956. They were called the Musicmaster (one pickup) and the Duo-Sonic (two pickups). These short scale guitars were designed for young beginners with small fingers.

 

The Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic shared the same double- cutaway Desert Sand colored bodies, and 22 and ½” scale one-piece maple necks.  The Musicmaster had two Telecaster style volume and tone knobs for its one neck position single-coil pickup. The Duo-Sonic was the same except for an added bridge position pickup and a 3-way selector switch. By 1959  separate rosewood fingerboards were added (matching the change to the rest of the Fender line). Thick single ply white pickguards replaced the original gold anodized guards, and sunburst finish became an option. The models received makeovers in 1964 to coincide with the introduction of the Mustang. The short scale Duo-Sonics and Musicmasters were offered through 1969.

 

Both Michael Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix played Duo-Sonics in their early careers before working their way up to the “big boy” Fenders and Gibsons.

 

Fender Music Master, '57

Desert Sand, Serial # 18420.

In 1955 Fender Sales decided the company needed inexpensive student electric guitar models added to the existing lineup which included The Esquire, The Telecaster, The Stratocaster, and the Precision bass.  These beginner electrics were introduced by 1956. They were called the Musicmaster (one pickup) and the Duo-Sonic (two pickups). These short scale guitars were designed for young beginners with small fingers.

 

The Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic shared the same double- cutaway Desert Sand colored bodies, and 22 and ½” scale one-piece maple necks.  The Musicmaster had two Telecaster style volume and tone knobs for its one neck position single-coil pickup. The Duo-Sonic was the same except for an added bridge position pickup and a 3-way selector switch. By 1959  separate rosewood fingerboards were added (matching the change to the rest of the Fender line). Thick single ply white pickguards replaced the original gold anodized guards, and sunburst finish became an option. The models received makeovers in 1964 to coincide with the introduction of the Mustang. The short scale Duo-Sonics and Musicmasters were offered through 1969.

 

Both Michael Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix played Duo-Sonics in their early careers before working their way up to the “big boy” Fenders and Gibsons.

 

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