1974 Fender Starcaster

1974 Fender Starcaster

    1974 Fender Starcaster! "The Starcaster. It's a sound at home in New York, Nashville, or Detroit. An instrument built to meet all the demands of the studio, stage and road." Fender Starcaster advertisement, 1976.   Model: Starcaster Manufacturing Year: Serial number 599677 on the neck plate, 1974 Truevintageguitar.com Specifications: Thinline, semi-hollow offset waist body,…
1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Walnut

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Walnut

"Telecaster Deluxe: A brand new Fender guitar featuring two Humbucking pickups." -1972 Fender catalog entry. Fender's Telecaster Deluxe was one of three new designs for the Telecaster model expansion in 1972 featuring a solid Alder contour body, two Seth Lover designed humbucking pickups, and a Stratocaster style headstock with sealed…
1974 Gibson ES-335td

1974 Gibson ES-335td

Ted McCarty's tenure as president of Gibson from 1949 until 1966 resulted in many great advancements in the electric guitar but his finest may be the ES-335 model in 1958. The design took advantage of Gibson's reputation for warm hollow body tone but also decreased the propensity to feedback at…
1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline

1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline

Fender's "Thinline" version of the popular Telecaster model was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and debuted in 1968. After a short time routing the body under the pickguard (called the "Smuggler's Tele"),Rossmeisl decided instead to chamber the body and added an attractive F hole route in the bass side lower bout.…
1974 Fender Competition Mustang Red

1974 Fender Competition Mustang Red

The Fender Mustang debuted in 1964 as a quality electric guitar at an affordable price. Leo's team packed it with cool features like the offset body design, tremolo tailpiece and two pickups with phase switchable wiring. The guys at Fender introduced a new set of colors in 1969 they called the…
1974 Fender Telecaster Custom

1974 Fender Telecaster Custom

Fender's Telecaster Custom model took a wild turn in 1972 when they deleted the body binding, replaced the neck pickup with the new Wide Range humbucker and extra potentiometers, and replaced the four bolt neck with the new Microtilt joint. The resulting guitar allowed the player to take advantage of…
1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

Fender must have been eyeing Seth Lover's Gibson made humbucker design for almost a decade and a half before they were able to get one of their own by 1971. Lover had already designed a wide range pickup but apparently Gibson didn't like it since the stock was sold to…
1969 Gibson ES-150D

1969 Gibson ES-150D

"Gibson: new, ES-150DC. A showstopper from Gibson featuring exclusive Double Venetian Cutaway in a full, hollow bodied archtop guitar." The Gibson Electric Guitar Book (Walter Carter) estimates about 2,801 ES-150 guitars were produced by Gibson in Kalamazoo, MI from 1969 until 1974. This example from the first year of production is in remarkably clean, nearly unplayed…