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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Thinline Telecaster Olympic White, 1998

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The Fender Thinline Telecaster was introduced in 1969 as a design by Roger Rossmeisl, who had done major work for Rickenbacker.

There have been a few versions of this model, and this particular 1998 example seems to me one of the best ever. It plays very well, feels like a Telecaster, and the somewhat heavier ‘modern’ six-saddle bridge improves clarity and separation. This guitar has one subtle yet significant upgrade – the original Schaller-made tuners have been replaced with locking Sperzel models. The locking tuners don’t add anything for tuning stability, but they do make string changes a breeze and very fast.

Visually the Fender Thinline Telecaster has strong ties to the Tele as it’s been built since the early 1950s. The body and neck outlines are the same. The body, however, is made of a block of Ash with the top sliced off, chambered, and then the top glued back on. This dramatically reduces weight and makes for a very resonant instrument. Wear on this guitar is very light, and overall it is in very good condition.

Taking a cue from the 1962 Telecaster Custom, the Olympic White body is bound top and back with faux-tortoise binding, matching the pickguard. It’s a very classy look.

Sold with a Gator hard shell case, which is probably not original but is almost certainly superior.

Price: $1,699.99 CAD $2,100.00 CAD
  • Model: Thinline Telecaster
  • Year: 1998
  • Finish Olympic White and Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: N8347936, built 1998 in Corona CA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 27/09/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.120lbs 3.24kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.707in 43.34mm
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