Fender Telecaster 1956 – Original Electronics! Tasteful Vintage Mods!


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The original owner of this KILLER 56 Tele reached out to me last month and told me about his 1956 Telecaster he owned since new! Sometime in the late 60s or early 70s, he gave it to a friend for some “Updates” thinking nothing of it since the guitar was not collectible at the time. His friend refinished the guitar to natural, added a 1960s Gibson mini humbucker in the middle position (routed fairly well, we’ll call it semi pro) and made a fairly ugly black pickguard for the guitar. When I got the guitar, I thought it was an awesome piece as is and wanted to honor the vision the original owner had when he had it modified. That being said, I did make 3 modifications that I felt were appropriate and needed. I replaced the original 3 way switch with a 5-way in order to make the most of the added pickup. (original 3-way switch included with the sale), I added a cleaner, more professional looking pickguard that still looked aesthetically like his original one (original ugly homemade black guard included), and I replaced the black nut for a new bone nut.

This guitar plays incredibly well with a fat neck, a wonderfully glassy and clear neck pickup, a twangy bridge pickup for that classic tele tone, and a sweet sounding classic Gibson mini humbucker that sounds amazing by itself, and in the in between positions. It has all the original electronics as well as the original bridge and tuners. The neck has some light overspray. The original frets have some moderate wear in the cowboy chord area but the guitar plays incredibly well with nice low action. This is a sweet opportunity to get a 50s tele with all of the important stuff for tone and playability there and original at a great price! Comes with the original case in fair condition. Middle latch missing.

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