Fender American Standard Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde 2003
Fender Am Standard Tele, made 2003, butterscotch blonde. Teles always look great in butterscotch, it's a basic fact of life. This one has a sweet semi-transparent coat of blonde, letting the cheeky grain of the ash body peep through beautifully. Paired with a lightly yellowed maple board and a pearl guard, this is surely a gorgeous creature. It looks good, but that's only the start. This has had a full re-wire with deluxe parts and is blessed with a great pair of Dimarzio pickups. The neck pickup is clear, glassy and articulate, balancing warmth and sparkle perfectly. The bridge pickup delivers the classic 'twang', but with the added roundness and midrange grit of a tasty vintage-voiced rails humbucker. The neck is an agreeable modern C shape that's worn from satin to a mild gloss with play; it feels superb in the hands. There's a lot to like here. This is one of those guitars where everything just 'makes sense' once it's in your hands... buttery goodness.
Model: Fender American Standard Telecaster
Made: Corona USA, 2003 (serial Z3135879)
Finish: butterscotch blonde, 3-ply white pearl guard
Neck: maple, maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: pickups replaced, re-wired with new switch, capacitor, jack and pots
Pickups: Dimarzio DP172 Twang King single coil (neck) and DP389 Tone Zone humbucker (bridge)
Case: basic non original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has a dimple on the bottom edge. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples only. The back has no major marks, just some widespread light scuffs and small dimples as well as the start of some checking lines. The sides have a few little marks: a chip on the neck pocket as pictured, dimples on the top horn and shoulder, dimples, scuffs and a finish-only crack near the rear strap pin and some dimples near the jack. The front is pretty tidy, just some dimples around the bridge and play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in reasonable shape with minor wear only, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46n Moonshiners strings.