Vintage Fender Telecasters

These early 1970s Fender Telecaster are very popular on the vintage market right now. They’re a great way to get in to a vintage, original factory Fender guitar without spending your whole retirement savings to get one. Fender was still building these standard Telecasters the old way with a just few changes. These guitars still have four bolt necks, truss rod adjustments at the heel and a standard heel date stamp just like the 1960s.

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Subtle Differences

The main difference between these early 1970s Teles and a Tele made before 1969 is the finish combination that Fender used. Oddly enough, Fender used both Nitrocellulose and Polyurethane. Prior to 1969, the finishes were almost exclusively Nitrocellulose. It’s likely that the change was made because Polyurethane is both easily applied and much more durable than Nitro. Another manufacturing difference that may not be so obvious is the change from cloth to plastic covered wire for the electronics. The new wire was cheaper and more durable than cloth so I can see why it would be an attractive option for Fender’s owners at the time.


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Do you have a vintage Fender Telecaster for sale? I’m always interested in buying these guitars. They’re some of my favorite ever made. Call my phone number at the top of the page to speak to me directly about selling your vintage Fender Telecaster, Stratocaster or other guitar.


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This article has 2 comments

  1. Rod Reply

    1973 telecaster 185073 serial.number.the treble /rhythm switch is on bottom,blue with white (unique )pick guard .
    would like to know value ,first then will take offer thank you,,,

    • John Shults Reply

      Hey Rodney, thanks for leaving a comment about your Telecaster! I’d love to check it out. I responded via email. –John

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