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Fender Telecaster Maple Neck Blonde, 1968

Fender Telecaster Maple Neck Blonde, 1968

The Fender Telecaster Maple Neck Blonde was an incredible innovation when it was introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950, rapidly shifting to its current name after a trademark dispute with Gretsch. Naturally, not all players appreciated the solidbody electric concept, but its overwhelming advantages quickly put Fender on the top of the market.

Vintage
Price: $12500 CAD
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Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst 2012

Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst 2012

Here we’re looking at a Collings MF5 built during 2012 at the Collings shop in Austin, Texas. It features a hand-carved and voiced Red or Adirondack Spruce top paired with a spectacular hand carved, bookmatched Flame Maple back and matching sides. The neck is also Maple, with a bound Ebony fingerboard, Ebony headplate and bridge. The Mother of Pearl inlays are restrained- a small ‘Flourish’ decoration on the head plate, and dot markers on the fingerboard. The body is bound top and back, as is the fingerboard and top surface of the head stock.

Used
Price: $7500 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Custom Made In Japan Sunburst, 1985

❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Custom Made In Japan Sunburst, 1985

In 1985, guitars like this Fender Telecaster Custom made in japan appeared. Fender had just been sold by CBS – but not the Fullerton plant – and the new management ceased US production.

Vintage
Price: $1450 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Custom Shop G E Smith Telecaster Blonde, 2012

❌SOLD❌  Fender Custom Shop G E Smith Telecaster Blonde, 2012

The Fender Custom Shop G E Smith Telecaster is a very straight ahead instrument, using the classic early 1950’s fatter maple neck on swamp ash body, with flat-head screws, instead of Philips screws. The pickups are American Vintage models, while the bridge plate is cut back to expose the pickup cavity; the pickup itself is bolted to the body. Smith feels that this contributes to an increased ‘fatness’ in the bridge pickup tone. The inlays draw from Fender lap steels, which Smith also plays.

Used
Price: $1850 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Blonde Refinish, 1964

❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Blonde Refinish, 1964

This Fender Telecaster Blonde Refinish dates largely to 1964, with a 1966 neck pickup and a newer pickguard of the correct white/black/white layering. Long ago, the body was stripped and refinished blonde.   The neck has some lacquer sprayed over the original finish, but this is quite worn and much of the wood is exposed – which makes it very comfortable.  The original decal is in good condition; at the time, Fender applied the decals over the lacquer finish, and many have not worn well. 

Vintage
Price: $5599.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Telecaster Blonde Maple Neck, 1973

❌SOLD❌  Fender Telecaster Blonde Maple Neck, 1973

The Fender Telecaster blonde is arguably one of the most significant musical instruments ever produced, and certainly the most successful. Produced without major changes for closing in on 70 years, the Telecaster and its original translucent blonde finish has been used for nearly every genre of music.  The first production examples of what became the Telecaster and its Esquire version appeared in 1950. Since then, wood selections, pickup construction and hardware have evolved somewhat, but the basic design is unchanged.

Vintage
Price: $3850 CAD

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