This 1968 Fender Telecaster Custom in rare Blond (translucent white) finish with black edge binding is one of my favorite Telecaster guitars I've ever had. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar buyer, but I'm especially looking for Fender Telecasters from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. You can contact me here to sell a Fender Telecaster guitar

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Fender introduced a new version of its popular Telecaster model in 1959: The Custom Telecaster, or Telecaster Custom, depending on where you read the model name (headstock or price list, respectively) It exhibited the exact same features as its standard Telecaster, except that the body featured plastic edge binding on the top and back as well as a Sunburst finish standard instead of the typical Blond finish. 

Fender Custom Telecaster 1960s Blond black binding

This uncommon example of Fender's Telecaster Custom was made in 1968 and is finished in translucent Blond finish over an Ash body with black edge binding. It also features the Maple fretboard option and the factory installed Bigbsy vibrato tailpiece option. The neck heel date stamp is "3 JUL 68 B" where 3 = Telecaster model, JUL = July, 68 = 1968, and B = standard nut width (1 5/8"). 

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Fender Telecaster headstock 1968

Fender's Custom Telecaster headstock only lasted through the transitional style logo which was updated to the newer logos in 1967. It seems that Fender didn't make a Custom Telecaster logo with the newer logo style until the model was updated to version 2 in 1972. This headstock shows the typical late 1960s Telecaster logo and doesn't indicate that the neck belonged to a Custom except for the code on the underside of the neck heel. 

 Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom white blond black binding

I'm always on the hunt for vintage Fender Telecaster guitars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. You can contact me here to sell a Fender Telecaster

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