“Telecaster Custom: 6 string solid body electric guitar – A new version of the famous Telecaster guitar!…. Two pickups – the standard “Tele” lead pickup and the new humbucking rhythm pickup.” — 1972 Fender Catalog
Make and Model: Fender Telecaster Custom
Year: 1973, potentiometer codes 1377315 (15th week of ’73) and 1377324 (24th week of ’73). Serial number 517269
Specifications: One pice Maple neck/fretboard with bullet style truss rod and three bolt/Microtilt neck joint, 25 1/2″ scale length, 1 5/8″ nut width, .86″ neck depth at 1st fret, .98″ depth at the 12th fret, 6.25k ohm bridge, 10.84k ohm neck, 8lbs 4oz, Ash body.
Originality: All parts original to the guitar!
Condition: Very good. This one has been played but never abused. There’s light corrosion on the bridge plate.
Playability: Very good. I’ve just completed a full set up and it’s a joy to play. Both pickups are full and strong with good output. The frets on Telecaster Customs from this time period are low from the factory so some players might find them a bit low. The truss rod works nicely.
Notes: Feast your eyes upon this workhorse Telecaster! The Telecaster Custom was a great response by Fender in 1972 to the demand for a humbucking pickup in the neck position of their famous Telecaster. I love the versatility that these guitars offer. This one has been played but not abused. The case shows lots of wear including a replaced handle and stickers applied to the exterior. I’m confident you’ll love this killer 1973 Fender Telecaster Custom!