SOLD - Fender Telecaster 1953 Blackguard

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Who buys vintage guitars?  We do! 

Call 530-570-1525 or email to sell your vintage guitar, bass, amplifier, etc - one piece or a collection!  We are always ready to buy instruments, amps and effects from Fender, Gibson, Martin, Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Marshall, Vox and just about anything else related to musical instruments.   You can also click here for more info on selling us vintage instruments, amps, parts, etc.  

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It has been a total pleasure to have this 1953 Blackguard Telecaster here in the shop - we don't get them all that often.

This example is both a player and a collector piece.  It has had a little work done, but nothing devastating by any means.

The guitar is light, has the look and an absolutely killer neck, and it plays like a dream.  The back of the neck is worn perfectly.  There's just nothing like it.

The neck was refretted prior to its acquisition by the current owner, who has the guitar on consignment with us.  At that time, the fretboard was refinished.  The back of the neck and the headstock retain the original finish, as does the body.  The current owner had larger frets professionally installed to his liking as it was his intent to play the guitar on stage, which he did.  A bone nut was installed, presumably at the time it was refretted.  Original tuners remain on the guitar with no hidden alteration beneath.

The body has the perfect amount of wear - quintessential.  There are no extra holes and no repairs anywhere on the body.  The original bridge, saddles, neckplate, pickguard, control plate, knobs, output jack cup and the screws that hold them all together are original.  The strap buttons are changed. 

The original pickups, switch, pots, capacitor and output jack are in place.  The "mud circuit" was removed ages ago, so the guitar operates as and sounds like the Telecaster we all know and love.  Pickup output is 5.18k (neck) and 5.78k (bridge).  Someone added a ground wire between the controls and the bridge for some reason, without alteration to the bridge.  

The case is a reproduction "poodle" case.

If you're looking for a Blackguard Tele that you can play and enjoy, this is your guitar.  

Shipping policy:

Three day UPS air shipments will be automatic for buyers including these states and those to the east of them: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.  Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions.  If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to  Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase.   

  • Color: Blonde
  • Weight: 7lbs 6.4ozs
  • Body: Ash
  • Body Date/Code: Gloria 10/53
  • Neck: Maple 
  • Neck Date/Code: 9-53
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Inlays: Black dots
  • Frets: Non-original jumbo
  • Fret count: 21 
  • Nut: Non-original bone
  • Nut width: 1 5/8"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.885"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 0.970"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 1.75mm
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 1.75mm
  • Total length: 38 5/16"
  • Lower bout: 12 5/8"
  • Waist: 8 7/8"
  • Upper bout: 10 7/8""
  • Body depth/thickness: 1 11/16"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Fender
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 5.78"
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup Brand: Fender
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 5.18k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Original, "mud" circuit eliminated
  • Pots/Codes: 304325
  • Case: Hard shell case
  • Notes: Non-original: Frets, ground wire, strap buttons, switch tip, bone nut, and the fretboard has been re-finished and the mud circuit has been eliminated. 

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