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LIGHT IS RIGHT...Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline


The Fender re-issue '69 Telecaster Thinline is a nice take on the iconic Tele. Perhaps most important, it packs a lot of the usual Tele style and twang into a lighter package. Too many great Tele's become 10-pound burdens that kill your back and shoulder, but these babies won't weigh you down. This Daphne Blue one we sold recently is a very comfortable 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The Thinline originally came about in the late 60's as Fender was looking to lighten the Tele and available ash woods were too heavy. German luthier Roger Rossmeisl, known for his work with Rickenbacker, came to Fender to help make acoustics and instead made his mark with the Thinline, which debuted in 1968.

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Beyond the lighter weight, the semi-hollow design and F-hole also serve to warm up the tone a bit. Players rave over the 7.25" radius necks on the Mexican made versions like this one. If you like that vintage-style chunky Tele neck, you'll love these. Rumor has it the electronics in the Mexi-made ones trump the Japan models too. This little Daphne Blue number has been upgraded with a Seymour Duncan bridge pickup that adds some extra oomph, and sealed Grovers for tuning stability. Not just that, but the daphne finish is one of the limited "car colors" only produced for one year in 2002. Coming with a molded Fender hard case it'll rock your world without giving you a back ache.

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V. Wade Contreras has been the owner of Still Kickin Music since 2007. He played for years in bands in the LA area. Now that he has a wife and kid and needs to eat more than Ramen once in a while he makes a living buying and selling really cool used guitars.

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