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1988 Fender USA Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar Gunmetal Blue Custom Color
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09 Jul, 2014 10:33:05 BST
US $1,299.99
Approximately £833.17(including postage)
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Seattle, Washington, United States


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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Brand: Fender
Body Color: Green
Up for sale, a 1988 Fender USA Standard Telecaster in 100% original condition with a rare Gunmetal Blue custom color finish.  This metalflake blue finish has a steely appearance that really changes with the light, shifting between a deep royal blue and a finish that can even appear slightly green due to the lightly yellowed clear coat.  It's easily one of Fender's least known and classiest finishes, and very rare on a Telecaster!  Weighing in at 9lbs on the dot, this Tele has a strong fundamental tonal character, with quick attack, lots of sustain and balanced, clear output from the stock single coil pickups.  The guitar has more punch than most Telecasters too, with midrange content that works great with your favorite overdrive pedal and cuts through in ensemble situations.

The neck has a medium C profile with stock medium jumbo fretwire that shows very little wear, with plenty of height and life left.  The action is low and comfortable, with no excessively buzzy notes or dead frets.  On the headstock, the original chrome "Fender" stamped tuning machines are intact along with an early USA Standard Telecaster decal with E3 serial number.  While later American Standards can be dated by the first letter and number of the serial number, these early models are best dated by the neck date, which is handwritten in pencil and clearly reads 04/20/88.  As the Fender company was in a state of transition for much of the 1980s, this is one of those quirks of the company changing hands and emerging from the CBS era with a better, more consistent product!

All of the stock electronics work as they should with CTS pots that date to '88.  Both pickups have strong output and balanced tone in the middle position on the three-way toggle.  Cosmetically, this is a very clean instrument, and it's hard to believe this guitar is almost thirty years old!  There is one nick on the waist of the body on the top (photo #7) and some light wear near the input jack (photo #8), but no serious or structural wear of any kind!  There are a few light scratches and small nicks in the clearcoat  on the back and some light pickwear across the pickguard and chrome bridge plate, but nothing unexpected for a guitar of this vintage.  Overall, this is a very clean and well kept Tele in a very rare finish.  Photo #8 is also the most representative of the true color of the finish, as you can see the deep metalflake sparkle and tint of the finish in direct light.

The original molded Fender hardshell case is included.

Please check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar" on the web, and feel free to call us directly with any questions at 206.818.9329.

Shipping in the continental USA will be $50.  We will happily ship WORLDWIDE, but please contact us for an accurate international shipping quote before bidding or buying, as cost varies by buyer location.

International orders will be declared as “merchandise” and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. No exceptions! The customer is responsible for all taxes and duty, which may be collected upon delivery.

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