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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1969 | PAGE 4

Fender Telecaster, Fender Esquire, Fender 12-String

1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 4

Page 4 gives descriptions of three Fender solid body guitars, with the accompanying image on the next page. These are the single pickup Fender Esquire, the dual pickup Fender Telecaster, and the final catalog appearance of the Electric 12-String. Several versions of each of these guitars were listed in 1969, with differing levels of ornamentation and fretboard woods.

In May 1969 the standard price of the Esquire was $224.50 in blonde finish with a maple fretboard, rising to $259.50 for the Esquire Custom, which had a nice sunburst finish and white binding, and $272.50 for other custom finishes. Likewise the Telecaster was available in several configurations. The basic unbound blonde Tele was listed at $269.50, or $279.50 with a maple fretboard; the Sunburst Telecaster Custom (with bound body) $299.50. Two other variants of the Telecaster are listed in the May 1969 Fender price list that are not mentioned here: a Paisley / Floral finished Tele also at $299.50, and the solid Rosewood Tele at $375.

These were, of course, the base prices, and optional extras were available for all Esquire and Telecaster guitars. A Bigsby tremolo was available for an additional $55, a maple fretboard or DuPont custom finish for an extra 5%, left handed models an extra 10%, gold plated hardware an extra 15%. Note that the standard Telecaster neck width was 1 5/8", though 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" necks are described here by special order.

The Fender Electric XII is not listed in 1969 Fender price lists, but had a late 1968 price of $329.50 with a sunburst finish, or $346 for Custom / Blonde finish.

US prices excluding cases (typically $62.50 extra).

When it's time for a session... a first side, a flip side, or a fiftieth album... musicians select one of the fender classics: Telecaster, Telecaster with Bigsby Tremolo, Esquire or 12-string Electric. When the pros are there, so is Fender. Sound men on both sides of the mike agree, with a Fender, it's a hit.

1969 Fender catalog, page 4 - Fender Telecaster, Fender Esquire, Fender 12-String
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1972 Fender Full Line Catalog CBS Stratocaster Telecaster Jaguar Super Reverb

1972 Fender Full Line Catalog CBS Stratocaster Telecaster Jaguar Super Reverb

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

This listing is for one (1) 1972 Fender full line catalog. This may have been CBS Fender's most comprehensive catalog. Contains Strats, Tele's, Jaguars, Jazzmaster's, Mustang's, All of the amps, steels, Rhodes pianos, accessories, etc. 66 pages of product in total! This one is worn, Haas creases, wear, the center two pages are taped back in long ago, and the owner wrote his name on it. Otherwise, a cool item of the early 70's. Ships in a standard cardboard mailer.... more
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Fender Bakelite Handle Telecaster Poodle Case, Nice Vintage Handle for Project

Fender Bakelite Handle Telecaster Poodle Case, Nice Vintage Handle for Project

Payson, Arizona, 855**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$79

Good used condition, feels nice, see photos to see condition of item prior to purchase.... more
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Fender Squire  Affinity Series  Telecaster Maple neck 2 Tone Sunburst  w / Bag

Fender Squire Affinity Series Telecaster Maple neck 2 Tone Sunburst w / Bag

Forest Grove, Oregon, 971**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$215

Fender Squier Affinity Series Telecaster, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color SunburstCleaned with general shop setup and new light EB stringsMinor rub wear and scratches Strap mark on horn shownPlays easy w / good actionComes w / BagBodyPoplarBody FinishGloss PolyurethaneBody ShapeTelecasterBridge6-Saddle Hardtail with Cast SaddlesBridge PickupStandard Single-Coil TeleColor2-Color SunburstConfigurationSSControl KnobsKnurled Flat-TopControlsMaster Volume, Master ToneCountry Of OriginIDDimensions3 ... more
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50s Fender  52 Telecaster Bridge # 1857 saddles USA Rl Tele plate PAT. PEND.

50's Fender 52 Telecaster Bridge # 1857 saddles USA Rl Tele plate PAT. PEND.

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$239

Period correct early 52 thru 59 Fender Telecaster Bridge and threaded Saddles Made in the USA / Serial sample number # 1857
This rare and beautiful old USA reissue is the perfect part to restore your vintage USA pre CBS Telecaster Fender stamped with all the correct pat pend numbers In excellent working order Check out the cool picturesThank you for looking... more
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Fender 1984 USA White Blonde Top Loader Telecaster Body

Fender 1984 USA White Blonde Top Loader Telecaster Body

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$400

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1964 FENDER ELECTRIC 125A1A TUXEDO PRINCETON GUITAR AMP POWER TRANSFORMER 606420

1964 FENDER ELECTRIC 125A1A TUXEDO PRINCETON GUITAR AMP POWER TRANSFORMER 606420

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500


1964 FENDER ELECTRIC INC. 6G2 PRINCETON (Tuxedo), Guitar amp 125P1A Schumacher power transformer. EIA code 606420 for April 1964 Working rust free unit. These also came in 6g2 brown Princetons and vibro Champs before the 125P1B replaced it
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VINTAGE Squier by Fender Telecaster Japan SN A04 Mij 1985

VINTAGE Squier by Fender Telecaster Japan SN A04 Mij 1985

New Orleans, Louisiana, 701**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

VINTAGE Squier by Fender Telecaster Japan SN A04 Mij 1985.
With vintage mini m6 tuners added
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1962 FENDER ELECTRIC 125P5B WHITE BASSMAN GUITAR AMP POWER TRANSFORMER 606237

1962 FENDER ELECTRIC 125P5B WHITE BASSMAN GUITAR AMP POWER TRANSFORMER 606237

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$550


1962 OEM FENDER ELECTRIC INC. Guitar amp 125P5B Schumacher power transformer. EIA code 606237 for 37TH WEEK OF 1962
Tested Working rust free unit.
These would be found in White, Brown, Black 6L6 Amps in the  1962-1963 era that have tube rectifiers. Full length unsoldered leads
Pictured last is a reproduction 125P5B which shows this as a White 1961, (6G6), Fender Bassman and other 6L6 powered white, brown and possibly extremely early black guitar 🎸 amps, super ... more
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Fender 1984 USA Maple Telecaster Neck

Fender 1984 USA Maple Telecaster Neck

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$570

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Vintage Ibanez Fender Telecaster Early 70s Copy "Orlando" Electric Guitar MIJ Go

Vintage Ibanez Fender Telecaster Early 70s Copy "Orlando" Electric Guitar MIJ Go

East Hampton, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$589

Vintage Ibanez Fender Telecaster Early70s Copy "Orlando" Electric Guitar MIJ GoyoGakki
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Here'sa late 60's vintage "Orlando" Ibanez Telecaster copy Made In Japanwith its original case
Excellentshape, original hardshell case with metal binding all around it. Case stamped as ??Goyo Gakki ?? Japan??
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Ona scale of 10, it is a 9 out of 10 guitar. Remarkable shape considering its edge ... more
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Fender Telecaster Guitar NECK / HARDWARE / BODY Cherry Sunburst

Fender Telecaster Guitar NECK / HARDWARE / BODY Cherry Sunburst

Moreno Valley, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$685



This is a clean and gorges circa 1990's "FENDER TELECASTER BODY, NECK AND TUNING HARDWARE (Cherry Sunburst, HEADSTOCK MARK: DES 164, 164227 PAT 2, 573, 254 2, 784, 631).
This is a Telecaster body with super gorgeous Cherry Sunburst color. Body is in great condition as is the neck and headstock (I believe this to possibly be a 90's era guitar body, I can see lower hardware holes have not been drilled out so this was a project in progress that went unfinished). Head has the classic ... more
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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II Guitar Blonde with Soft Case

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II Guitar Blonde with Soft Case

Lisbon, Maryland, 217**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$700


You are looking at a Fender Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II Guitar Blonde with Soft Case
This item is in good previously owned condition! Standard wear on the guitar from use. There is a small surface mark on the side of the guitar. The knob on the guitar has a tear on the rubber piece. Specs for the guitar are in the photos.
Please see all pictures for details!
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Fender Vintera 70s Telecaster Deluxe w /  HSC - N

Fender Vintera '70s Telecaster Deluxe w / HSC - N

Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850


Item: Fender Vintera '70s Telecaster Deluxe w / HSC!
Description: You are purchasing a Fender Vintera '70s Telecaster Deluxe w / HSC! Sounds great and has some signs of playwear. Awesome vintage style tones & aesthetics, please inquire w / any questions you may have prior to purchase
Shipping: $80 00 shipping to the Lower 48 States! We ship overseas. Overseas shipping prices will vary. Overseas buyers pay their own import taxes Payment: We accept Paypal for your ... more
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Fender Boxer Series Telecaster MIJ 1985 - black / blue flame

Fender Boxer Series Telecaster MIJ 1985 - black / blue flame

Lynn, Massachusetts, 019**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

Really fun modded Fuji-Gen tele. Ready to gig except for the absence of a trem bar. Neck is straight, low action, electronics are clean, frets look great. I can't tell if the whole body is a refin or if it's just a custom flame added to the original black. Probably the latter. Either way it looks great in person. There's a hairline crack in the finish near the v / t knobs. There are four small filled holes on the headstock behind the nut. Otherwise normal wear throughout. Alder body, maple ... more
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Vintage Squier by Fender Bullet 1 One Japan Telecaster 1980s White

Vintage Squier by Fender Bullet 1 One Japan Telecaster 1980s White

Saint Joseph, Illinois, 618**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$975

Rare Made in Japan Squier Bullet 1. Factory Fender Engraved Tuners and Bridge Saddles. It plays as well as sounds fantastic! All original
This is a no-disappointment / sold AS-IS / AS-PHOTOGRAPHED item
Please make sure to ask all questions prior to ordering
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Fender 1971 Maple Telecaster Neck

Fender 1971 Maple Telecaster Neck

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1090

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1967-1970 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case Vintage

1967-1970 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case Vintage

Iola, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1100

Vintage 1967-1970 Fender Guitar Case. In excellent condition for its age, with some wonderful patina that comes with the age I tried to capture the overall condition the best I could in the photos, including any wear
All original, all latches and hardware work as they should. Everything closes nicely and lines up well. This has spent most of its life in a closet, and has been preserved quite well. It has no funny smells to it, and has been stored in a climate controlled, smoke free ... more
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RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster 250K  Pot #2

RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster 250K Pot #2

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster Pot .Pot code 140222 .Shipping includes insurance... more
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1967 Fender Telecaster American Vintage Electric Guitar Blonde w /  Original Case

1967 Fender Telecaster American Vintage Electric Guitar Blonde w / Original Case

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1350

This American made Fender Telecaster is a classic piece from 1967. It features a solid blonde body made of ash, along with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The guitar has 21 frets and a string configuration of 6 strings. Included in this purchase is the original hard case. This Tele is in excellent vintage condition - sounds and plays beautifully
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1983 Fender Elite Telecaster Black with OHSC Maple Neck USA made

1983 Fender Elite Telecaster Black with OHSC Maple Neck USA made

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1589

1983 Fender Elite Telecaster made in the USA All original, but not sure about the strap pegs Includes original Fender hard shell case in good shape Guitar has a few minor dings around the edge of the bodyand there is a small chip on the back of the body as pictured Over all condition is very good. Frets show a good amount of wear around the "cowboy chord" area It currently plays great and the frets look pretty good over all with lotsof magic left in them .
Has a 12 " fretboard radius and a C ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.