1955 Fender Tele, Refin Body Only(1954 Date), with OHSC

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.

The current owner is accepting offers of over $20K for consideration.

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1963/1964 Fender Precision Bass, Pre-CBS, EXC Condition, All Original!

This is a Fender factory left handed Precision Bass, with the neck dating to May 1963, Very nice condition, all original except for a nice non-Fender hard case.

The bass has been inspected and setup by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music, who is the most qualified person in the world to check out a vintage bass. Scott has had an authorized Fender repair center since 1979, has worked on hundreds of vintage Fender basses over the years, has a collection of vintage basses, and is also a tremendous professional bass player.

The bass has some typical nicks and dings for an instrument over 50 years of age, with 1 small area between the covers worn to the wood, some worming on the back, and minor fret wear on the 1st three frets. The 3-color sunburst is vibrant, tortoise shell pickguard is crack-free, headstock logo is perfect, back of neck has very little wear, the fretboard is Dark Brazilian Rosewood with no gouges or grooves. All electronics and internal characteristics are perfect, with solder joints untouched.

Date Codes:

• Neck Plate: L41xxx
• Neck Stamp: 5MAY63C
• Pots: 304-6440

The bass is perfectly set-up and sounds great with a rich tone. The neck is wide, flat, and comfortable. The neck is a “C” width of 1 3/4 at the nut, which is more comfortable to play than a comparable Jazz Bass with its “A” width of 1 1/2.

This is a really nice example of a left handed Pre-CBS Fender bass – and the lefty basses are much harder to find than the guitars!

Was $10,500 Now $8,500

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1971 Fender Tele Bass, 100% Original, Investment Grade!

This is a 1971 Fender Tele Bass, factory Left Handed, 100% Original with OHSC. It’s almost impossible to find an early 68-71 Tele Bass with 4-Bolt Neck & Single Coil Pickup in Lefty!

What makes this Lefty Tele Bass even more remarkable, is that it comes with a 1968 Neck! Fender started production on the Tele Bass in mid-1968, which is when they made a batch of lefty necks for this model. When it was time to assemble this bass in 1971, they reached in the parts bin and found out they still had a Lefty Neck in inventory! You can make out “23SEP68C” on the neck stamp!!

The bass has been inspected and setup by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music, who is the most qualified person in the world to inspect a vintage bass. Scott has owned an authorized Fender repair center since 1979, has worked on hundreds of vintage Fender basses over the years, has a vintage bass collection, and is also a terrific pro bass player! The bass sounds and plays great – Needs nothing.

Date Codes:

Neck Plate: 335362
Neck Stamp: 23SEP68C
Pot Codes: 304 7116

The bass is in very nice condition, with some minor wear on the treble side of the fingerboard. The frets show no wear. There is some minor worming On the back, with a little paint chipping around the neck plate. Overall, a beautiful and original Left Handed Tele Bass – you probably won’t see another one this clean and original!

Includes OHSC – Factory Left Handed Case with the Tail Logo.

Was $7,500 Now $6,500

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1952 Fender Blackguard Tele, Likely the First True Lefty Telecaster Ever Built!

This 1952 Lefty Fender Tele is a one owner original guitar with very strong provenance coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

1). Finish is 100% original in every way. Beautiful light checking on body.
2). The guitar has its original frets and they are in excellent condition. He likely used Flat Wound strings and this accounts for the great original fret condition.
3). All electronic components are original and performing well:
Neck Date: 3/12/52, Body Date: 1/28/52, Pot Codes: 140 203
4). Some factory original hand chiseling to accommodate lefty configuration. This was done because they did not have a jig for routing left handed guitars.
5). One tuner is changed but the replacement is old and works perfectly.
6). This could easily be the first left handed Telecaster ever made!!!

This is a one owner original guitar coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

A great playing, incredibly resonant guitar with tremendous vibe!

A very exciting rarity that is truly an exceptional find. Rare beyond compare, a truly historic Fender guitar!

NOT FOR SALE

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1965 Fender Strat, EXC Condition, Great Sounding Lefty Vintage Strat!

This is a Left Handed 1965 Fender® Sunburst Strat® in EXC condition. All original except for replaced nut, currently has 5-way switch(period correct NOS 3-way in the case with original box), bridge pickup has been rewound but is original, trem cover is missing. This is a vintage Strat I sold back in 2011 and was able to repurchase recently. The guitar is in the same condition as when I sold it. All pics, both internal and external, were taken recently. This Strat was originally inspected, examined, and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in 2011. It was also recently reinspected and set-up by Scott on March 29, 2018.

This is one of about a half dozen 1965 Strats I’ve seen from mid-65 that came with the F plate(typical for that period); this one is F125920.

Date Codes:

Neck stamp: 2JUN65 B
PUP dates: 6-11-65
Pot dates: 137 6514
Neck Plate: F125920

Neck PUP=5.76K, middle PUP=5.73K, Bridge PUP=7.54K. Nice blend three-color Sunburst with strong unfaded color, no wear through the wood except small area of arm wear on the side/bottom, DARK Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, original frets have been leveled and the guitar now plays great. Back of neck is worn nicely: feels smooth and fast, just the way you want it! Has unfilled hole on lower horn from righty strap knob(about 1/2 of all the Strats I’ve ever owned, new or vintage, have been flipped over to righty at one time), pickguard has fair amount of wear.

The guitar sounds and plays great. The gray bottom Pickup Strats from this period are known to be exceptional sounding vintage Strats – this is one of those Strats!

Includes new G&G black Tolex hardshell case.

Was $14,995 Now $12,500

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