1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline

John Shults

Posted on April 22 2020

Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster guitar

 

This vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline guitar came through the shop a few years ago. It was a fine sounding vintage instrument and an excellent example of the second version of the Telecaster Thinline. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar buyer but I especially love the Telecaster Thinline model. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar.

Check out another vintage 1969 Fender Telecaster Thinline Version 1 guitar that came through the shop recently: 1969 Fender Telecaster Thinline.

Fender's "Thinline" version of the popular Telecaster model was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and debuted in 1968. After a short time routing the body under the pickguard (called the "Smuggler's Tele"),Rossmeisl decided instead to chamber the body and added an attractive F hole route in the bass side lower bout. The Thinline was updated to its second version in 1971 with two Seth Lover designed "Wide Range Humbucker" pickups, innovative bullet style truss rod adjustable at the top of the neck, and a 3 bolt neck joint.

This 1974 Fender Telecaster has just emerged from a small collection and is ready to play. We were told that it was bought new and sold about a decade ago to the collector after the original owner ran into some money troubles.

The guitar is original except for the tuners which appear to be the sealed back style found on Telecaster Deluxe models and one bridge pickup coil personally rewound and reinstalled by Lindy Fralin. Lindy's work resulted in a perfect coil match and he nailed the intended output of 10.5k ohms. At some point, the original owner glued the neck into the pocket so we removed the glue and cleaned the pocket. The original owner signed his name and included some of his favorite alternate tunings inside the F hole likely to protect against theft. The neck is straight and the frets are typical for 70s lacquer fretboard (feels like less meat on the frets compared to an unlacquered fretboard). Still, it's in good playing condition and ready stage, studio, or collection (edit: sold!).

Fender Telecaster Thinline guitar 1974 hang tags

Vintage Fender Telecaster Thinline guitar original case

Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickup Seth Lover humbucker

Vintage Fender Telecaster guitar

More Posts

0 comments

Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing