Fender Telecaster Deluxe (1974) Sold!

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Better practice swinging from the yardarm, walking with a swagger, wielding a cutlass, and saying things like “Ahoy, Matey!”—all of the above skills will prove useful when you brandish a Tele with this much pirate attitude. Finished in a glossy black and outfitted with a brace of Seth Lover-designed Wide-Range Humbuckers, this was the top-of-the-line ‘70s Tele, a guitar that made obvious nods to the then-dominant Gibson Les Paul, but also drew on Stratocaster-style appointments, including a “belly cut” comfort contour on the back and a large headstock. Tonally, this particular Deluxe is a beast—dime the volume and tone knobs, and it effortlessly summons massive, crunching tones that will inspire you to revive era-appropriate faves like “Funk 49” and “China Grove.” Roll the pots back and the guitar’s sonic character changes; the sound is big, but with enhanced note clarity—think Terry Kath’s monumental (and criminally underacknowledged) solo in Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” Stock medium fret wire and hard tailpiece. One very minor and stable crack in the pickguard on the treble side of the neck pickup and a minor ding at the third fret, else very good-plus. The prior owner inscribed his name and social security number on the neck plate and the clasps on the case. We used a Dremel Tool to obscure the numbers in both locations, but left the prior owner’s name in the interests of maintaining the guitar’s no-doubt colorful history. For the revived popularity of this model and its close ‘70s relative the Telecaster Custom, we should thank the original rock ‘n’ roll pirate Keith Richards, whose perspicaciousness allowed him to see the tonal possibilities these models provide long before the rest of us had any idea. Be like Keith! With original case. Arggh!

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Better practice swinging from the yardarm, walking with a swagger, wielding a cutlass, and saying things like “Ahoy, Matey!”—all of the above skills will prove useful when you brandish a Tele with this much pirate attitude. Finished in a glossy black and outfitted with a brace of Seth Lover-designed Wide-Range Humbuckers, this was the top-of-the-line ‘70s Tele, a guitar that made obvious nods to the then-dominant Gibson Les Paul, but also drew on Stratocaster-style appointments, including a “belly cut” comfort contour on the back and a large headstock. Tonally, this particular Deluxe is a beast—dime the volume and tone knobs, and it effortlessly summons massive, crunching tones that will inspire you to revive era-appropriate faves like “Funk 49” and “China Grove.” Roll the pots back and the guitar’s sonic character changes; the sound is big, but with enhanced note clarity—think Terry Kath’s monumental (and criminally underacknowledged) solo in Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” Stock medium fret wire and hard tailpiece. One very minor and stable crack in the pickguard on the treble side of the neck pickup and a minor ding at the third fret, else very good-plus. The prior owner inscribed his name and social security number on the neck plate and the clasps on the case. We used a Dremel Tool to obscure the numbers in both locations, but left the prior owner’s name in the interests of maintaining the guitar’s no-doubt colorful history. For the revived popularity of this model and its close ‘70s relative the Telecaster Custom, we should thank the original rock ‘n’ roll pirate Keith Richards, whose perspicaciousness allowed him to see the tonal possibilities these models provide long before the rest of us had any idea. Be like Keith! With original case. Arggh!