Fender Telecaster Thinline Sunburst USA 1998
Fender Thinline Tele, sunburst, made in USA 1998. This is an exceptional guitar. The Thinline Tele debuted in 1969 and went through a couple of iterations before being discontinued in 1980. There wasn't a USA made Thinline in the Fender catalog until this model made it's debut in 1997; even then, these were only made for a few years and are not exactly common. The '90s Thinline' has some cool eccentricities: two single coils, the cute '69 style guard, 'greasebucket' tone circuit and slick double binding. The finish is outstanding; the grain of the ash peeking through the burst is delicious, plus the binding and dark rosewood board really makes the whole thing pop. In the hands, the super lightweight body is very lively and resonant; it springs to life with the slightest touch. The neck is reassuringly sturdy and straight and a sensible modern C shape; easy to get along with and quick to switch between rhythm and lead parts. Plugged in, the chiming Tele-twang is absolutely present, but it's balanced by an airy sweetness in the attack and a warm gooey midrange... very, very tasty indeed. This one ships in the original deluxe G&G case with some candy. If you're only going to buy one Tele, better make it a good one!
Model: Fender Telecaster Thinline
Made: Corona USA, 1998 (serial N8337421)
Finish: 3-colour sunburst (3CS), white pearl guard
Body: lightweight ash, chambered
Neck: maple, rosewood board modern C profile, 25.5" scale, 9.5" radius
Pickups: Fender American Standard single coil x2
Case: original deluxe G&G wood hard case, excellent quality and condition, original manual and specs doc included
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. Back has a handful of very light scuffs, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just some light dimples on the top horn and near the jack and a light scuffs on the shoulder. The front has no major marks, just some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
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 great shape, 9/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.
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