This vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe in rare Blond finish over Ash body came through the shop a few years ago. It was a fine playing vintage guitar with divine tone through the Wide Range Humbucking pickups. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar buyer but I especially love the early 1970s Fender Telecaster models with humbucker pickups. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Fender Telecaster guitar

Check out a few other vintage Fender Telecasters that have come through the shop:

1973 Fender Telecaster Custom Ash

1957 Fender Telecaster Blond

1973 Fender Telecaster Blond

1973 Fender Telecaster Custom Black

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 Harmony for use in their Silvertone 1446 guitar. The Fender Wide Range pickup differed from the Gibson humbucker in more ways than just the obvious staggered pole piece design. Instead of an Aluminum/Nickel/Cobalt bar magnet underneath the pole pieces, the Wide Range pickup uses threaded and slotted Copper/Nickel/Iron pole pieces as the magnets themselves. Players have noticed a high similarity to a fat Gibson humbucker but with a slight increase in clarity.

The early 1970s were an interesting time for Fender's finishing department. Fender was using thick polyester finishes on most guitars but were still using nitrocellulose on certain custom colors. This guitar uses a mix of the two finishes: nitro on the front of the headstock, polyurethane on the back of the neck, a thin poly base sealer coat on the body and a thin nitro blonde finish on top of the base. Since this guitar has the rare blonde finish, it also has the rare Ash body. The result is a lighter, more resonant guitar (8lbs 10oz).

The Fender Deluxe Telecaster features two Wide Range pickups, two volume/two tone knob control setup and a 3 position switch on the upper bass bout. This setup would be very comfortable to a player used to the Gibson Les Paul since all the controls are similar and in the same place on the guitar. This guitar is all original except for a new custom fit bone nut. All electronics are functioning just as they did from the factory. The guitar is recently set up by Jason Burns and is ready for the stage. The original case is structurally solid but has suffered some damage at the hands of a hungry pooch (edit: sold!)

Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Blond guitar

Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Blond guitar

Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Blond guitar

Seth Lover designed Wide Range Humbucking pickup

"Tele-DELX - 73" neck heel stamp 1973 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

large headstock, 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

Sealed original tuners,1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

Blond finish Ash body grain visible translucent, Fender Telecaster Deluxe 1974


John Shults

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