This is a factory Left Handed Fender Telecaster, with 1954 Body Date(neck pocket), 7-55 Neck Date, Left Hand(LH) markings in bridge PUP cavity and back of neck, and Serial # 1975. Pot codes are covered by solder on both pots and are not discernible.
Fender stamped the serial numbers for Teles on the front of the bridge through 1954, and serial numbers were not Sequentially arranged but randomly selected from the batch of bridges manufactured and stamped in 1951.
This Tele is identical in body and neck dates to a stellar 1956 Tele I had years ago: 1954 Body with 1955 Neck: http://www.leftyvintageguitars.com/1956FenderTele.html. So we now know there are 2 surviving factory Left Handed Teles from this period!
The pots on the 1956 were 304 620(20th week of 1956). The pots on this Tele are obscured by the solder, but appear to be from the same period.
This Tele comes from the Nashville area, where it was purchased by the current owner from a professional Musician in the Grand Old Opry around the mid-1990s. At the same time, the body was taken to renowned Nashville luthier, Joe Glaser, and the body only was refinished in the original Blonde color. As you can see from the pics, the neck maintains a wonderful patina from considerable wear.
As is true with most vintage guitars that show a fair amount of wear, this Tele sounds like a good one – the owner describes it as “having a terrific tone and playability!”
The Tele currently has a newer Black pickguard installed for the “Blackguard” look, but the guitar does come with the original White pickguard. Also includes original factory left handed tweed hard case.