Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

Vintage Fender Telecaster Guitars with Wide Range Humbucking Pickups

~Truevintageguitar.com~ The Fender Telecaster model is one of- if not THE- most beloved solid body electric guitar styles amongst guitarist since its introduction in 1952. Well, ok, it was initially introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950 but ran into a little trouble with Gretsch and their Broadkaster name. So, in 1952 it became the Telecaster. The Telecaster remained largely unchanged and the only variation offered was the Custom Telecaster model introduced in 1959. The folks at Fender head their eye on a talented engineer working for Gibson named Seth Lover who was largely…Read more
2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide

It's October in the vintage guitar world which means there's a new price guide. You can pick one up for yourself here: 2019 Vintage Guitar Price Guide. The Vintage Guitar Price Guide attempts to aggregate pricing data from guitar dealers to assign a value to different used and vintage guitars. It's fun to look up your guitar in The Guide and see how what you paid years ago compares to what's listed in the guide. It's tempting to think that your guitar would be worth that price range, and it's possible that it…Read more
Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb: replacement speakers

Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb: replacement speakers

The Fender Princeton Reverb might be the most versatile Fender amp ever made- it can growl like Tweed era Fender or sing sweet cleans like Silverface Fender. Dress the rest of it up in a little spring reverb and thick tremolo and a guitarist has just about all that is necessary. We love when they still have the original speaker but see so many with torn cones, out of shape voice coils, or even improperly replaced speakers. Sometimes a player may even throw in a replacement speaker to protect the original for later.…Read more
Weird and cool: the Gibson Les Paul Signature and Fender Starcaster

Weird and cool: the Gibson Les Paul Signature and Fender Starcaster

The 1970s were a decade of cool innovation but also declining quality for both the Gibson and Fender guitar companies. Large scale factory production took a toll on what once was instruments made by hand . Both brands were owned by investor companies more interested in great profits than great products. Still, there were some very cool things going on and some innovative new models sneaked out of Kalamazoo and Fullerton. Gibson and Fender both introduced a model each that we will lump together in a category we're calling "assymetrical thinline archtop" electric…Read more
1964 Fender Stratocaster!

1964 Fender Stratocaster!

This vintage Stratocaster stands out as one of my favorite guitars to ever grace the pages of Truevintageguitar.com: An original 1964 Fender Stratocaster, one family owned since '64. The Stratocaster model debuted from Fender in 1954 with many player inspired design breakthroughs like the Comfort Contour body, Synchronized Tremolo tailpiece, three single coil pickups, etc. Leo Fender's team likely had no idea what kind of effect it would have on the entire world of music and style. The Stratocaster model started life with a neck made of Maple bolted to a body made…Read more
1952 Fender Telecaster – Barn Find

1952 Fender Telecaster – Barn Find

This content copyright Truevintageguitar.com!   Leo Fender's Broadcaster, later renamed the Telecaster, wasn't the first solid body/Spanish style electric guitar. It was the first commercially successful solid body electric Spanish guitar. Its design was so perfect that it's been in continuous production in basically the same style since its introduction in 1950. This example from the 1952 production year has been ridden hard - for decades! The entire guitar has been refinished probably a few times. Still, it retains a lot of its original parts. The new owner has it up and running…Read more
Fender Jazzmasters! 1960, 1962, 1966, 1971

Fender Jazzmasters! 1960, 1962, 1966, 1971

This clean but lightly faded 1960 Fender Jazzmaster guitar came in and went out of the shop a few years back. I was thrilled to have it! It's one of the ones that "got away" I suppose. I remember it being a superbly comfortable weight, having a delightful playing neck and fretboard, as well as having warm but articulate Jazzmaster pickups. The lightly faded faux tortoiseshell pickguard really complimented the faded sunburst.   I'm always looking for Jazzmaster guitars from the late 1950s up until production tailed off in the late 1970s. I…Read more
1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

1946 Fender Model 26 Deluxe!

The Fender Electric Instrument Co was established in 1946 immediately after Doc Kaufman left the K&F brand. The first run of amplifiers for this new company consisted of three models: the Princeton, the Model 26 "Deluxe", and the Professional. Their lacquered wood cabinets and combination metal strip and cloth grills made them easy targets for the collector nick name of "Woodies".   This Model 26 Deluxe amplifier bears the speaker manufacturing date of the 22nd week of 1946 and serial number 395. Somehow it made it through life without losing its original canvas…Read more
Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

Fender’s Princeton Reverb-Amp!

1964 was a transitional year for the entire Fender amplifier line. All amplifiers were now covered in a new black material that was striking in appearance and extremely sturdy: black Tolex! Much of the line was already utilizing brown or white Tolex material but the Champ was still dressed in the cool looking but very fragile tweed covering. Not only that, but effects were starting to become standards in guitar tone. Fender's Reverb unit was a hot seller but required hauling around and servicing an additional piece of gear. Fender's research and development…Read more
“Should I buy a tweed Fender Champ if I already have a blackface Champ?”

“Should I buy a tweed Fender Champ if I already have a blackface Champ?”

I recently received this question from a friend: "Hey John, As my most trusted source on music equipment, can you help me understand if I should purchase a tweed fender champ?  I already have a 1965 blackface champ.  Am I incorrect in thinking the tones will be worlds apart? --Friend" I'm flattered! I've narrowed my focus for vintage amps largely on clean examples from Fender recently because of the intersection of their prevalence here in the US and desirability. Champs are some of the most fun because they are simple, affordable, and can…Read more