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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 Custom Telecaster, '66

Sunburst, Serial # 177050.


Fender Esquire, '59

Blonde, Serial # 37809.


Fender Telecaster, '58

Blonde, Serial # 29411.


Fender Custom Telecaster, '65

Sunburst, Serial # 103833.


Fender Jaguar, '62

Fiesta Red, Serial # 79584.


Fender Custom Telecaster, ’72

Natural, Serial # 373034.

Fender Custom Telecaster, '59

Sunburst, Serial # 40771.

In mid-1959 Fender introduced lavishly appointed new versions of its original solid bodies the Telecaster and Esquire.  The models were named “Custom Telecaster” and “Custom Esquire” (perhaps influenced by Gibson’s Les Paul Custom). These guitars retained the basic characteristics and functions of the standard versions while showing a polished “classy” new look.  


This guitar has the classic appointments of a late 1959 Custom Telecaster, which include an alder body finished in 3-color sunburst, white binding around the top and back, a three ply greenish pickguard, and a gold Fender logo with “Custom Telecaster” written below.  The rest of the features match those of a standard late 1959 Telecaster. These consist of a “slab board” rosewood fingerboard with clay dots, a slim neck profile, and single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines.


Unlike many other late ‘50s Fenders finished in three-color sunburst, this guitar has retained most of the red tint originally applied. The unstable red stain used by Fender at that time would very often fade when exposed to sunlight, leaving only the black to yellow part of the sunburst. Evidence of some fading on this example can be seen when observing the three dark rectangles on the upper bout. As was customary at the time, the original owner had his initials stuck to the guitar with mailbox letters. This shielded those areas from light for more than three decades.


Fender Esquire, '56

Blonde, Serial # 11093.


Fender Telecaster, '55

Blonde, Serial # 7831.


Fender Telecaster, '71

Candy Apple Red, Serial # 302431.


Fender Telecaster Custom, '73

Natural, Serial # 419229.


Fender Telecaster Thinline, '72

Natural, Serial # 354794.


Fender Telecaster, '69

Lake Placid Blue, Serial # 224909.


Fender Telecaster, '55

Blonde, Serial # 7553.


Fender Telecaster, '53

Blonde, Serial # 4238.

This is really one of the cleanest black guard Telecasters that I have ever seen! I remember having to pay $10,000 for it many years ago. At the time that was well above the going rate for these. I have never regretted this purchase.


Fender Telecaster, '67

Sunburst, Serial # 206721, Neck Date October 1967.


Fender Telecaster Thinline, '73

Black, Serial # 526177.


Fender Telecaster Thinline, '71

Black, Serial # 319156.


Fender Telecaster, '68

Black, Serial # 222373, Neck Date July 1968.


Fender Telecaster, ’53

Blonde, Serial # 4123. This one was acquired in a trade deal with Larry Hendrickson back around 1980. I have to say that this is one of my favorite Teles. In the late 1940’s, Leo Fender began work on a no-nonsense solid body electric guitar. The result, introduced in the fall of 1950, was the Broadcaster.  Production continued through a name change in late 1951 (the name conflicted with Gretsch’s Boadkaster drum set) and factory relocation in 1953. For many, a 1953 “Blackguard” Telecaster is considered the Holy Grail of all Teles. Whether it’s because more were made than in the previous years due to the new factory’s increased production capabilities, or because three years had been spent perfecting building techniques, a large number of legendary Tele artists were known to favor ‘53s.  Some of the most famous of these players include James Burton, Roy Buchanan, and Danny Gatton.   The well worn 1953 Telecaster pictured has the classic features most often associated with that year, including a one-piece bolt-on maple neck, a round string tree on the headstock (rectangular by ’56), an ash body with see-through butterscotch blonde finish (after the mid-fifties, the blonde finish became whiter and eventually more opaque), a black Bakelite pickguard (changed to white in late ’54), the serial number on the bridge plate (moved to neck plate by late ’54), outer brass bridge saddles that were notched on the bottom allowing for lower saddle adjustment, and a bridge pickup with flush level pole pieces (staggered by the end of ’55).

Fender Esquire, '53

Blonde, Serial # 3032.


Fender Telecaster, '67

Blond, Serial # 205513, Neck Date September '67.

In the summer of 1967, Fender experimented with ways to make a Telecaster lighter. Large cavities were routed underneath the pickguard to lighten the guitar without changing the way it looked. These are unofficially known as "Smuggler's Tellies".


Fender Telecaster Thinline, '68

Sunburst, Serial # 241136.


Fender Telecaster Thinline, '68

Natural, Serial # 230818.


Fender Esquire, '68

Blond, Serial # 236389.


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