Squier Telecaster CTL30 Sherwood Green MIJ 1985
Squier CTL30 Tele, made in Japan 1985, refinished in sherwood green. When this one arrived, it was in quite a sorry state: the neck pickup missing, the wiring all over the place and the original finish has some weird burn marks where the topcoat was 'running'; it looked like it had coffee spilt all over it. So, it became a bit of a project. Local luthier Ed Moase stripped the original finish and applied a sherwood green pearl metallic finish, with just a hint of gold through it for sheen... gorgeous. We also dropped a tasty set of Tonerider Hot Classic single coils in, alongside a deluxe wiring harness from a buddy in Brisbane who makes such things. The result: hot dang, it's good. These E-serial guitars always have incredible necks and this is no exception: the neck is a dream. Slim, straight, sturdy, slick... superb. The pickups are a slightly overwound on the classic 'Tele twang', so this cleans up nicely but absolutely loves a smattering of overdrive. The top-notch electronics add clarity and sparkle to the tone and a certain robustness; combined with the ash body, this really does sound awesome. It'll be sad to see this little guy leave home, having watched it blossom into a beautiful specimen, but hey, it's gotta spread it wings and flyyyyyy.
Model: Squier Telecaster, CTL30
Made: Japan, neck date 15 Oct 1985 (serial E546163)
Finish: sherwood green (refinish, originally olympic white), 1-ply black guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Mods: body refinished, strap pins and knobs replaced, new wiring harness with deluxe caps, CTS pots and Oak Grigsby switch installed, pickups replaced
Pickups: Tonerider Hot Classic single coil set
Case: basic Fender gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The finish on the body is new, so there's no major marks, just a few dimples from dings in the previous finish in the middle of the back and on the front in the elbow area. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look to have been recently levelled and polished, so they're looking great; 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 strings.