1952 Fender Telecaster - Barn Find
Posted on August 04 2018
Leo Fender's Broadcaster, later renamed the Telecaster, wasn't the first solid body/Spanish style electric guitar. It was the first commercially successful solid body electric Spanish guitar. Its design was so perfect that it's been in continuous production in basically the same style since its introduction in 1950. This example from the 1952 production year has been ridden hard - for decades! The entire guitar has been refinished probably a few times. Still, it retains a lot of its original parts. The new owner has it up and running after a refret and a few other small repairs. He says it's a stunning sounding and playing guitar. I wish I had it back!
It appears that the previous owner cut some half circles into the bridge plate at some point and strengthened it by welding on a half of a washer to each cut. We're not exactly sure what the point of that was but I suppose he wasn't preoccupied with resale value at the time.
This picture shows the heel of the neck with the flat head truss rod nut and the signature from Tadeo Gomez - an employee at Fender from the early 1950s until the late 1960s. The necks he signed are highly cherished. Do you have a vintage Fender guitar that you would like for us to check out? We're always looking for vintage guitars. Do you have a vintage Fender guitar for sale? Click the red Contact Me button in the lower right corner of your browser. I can't wait to check it out!