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1990 Fender Telecaster Custom Shop Rosewood
Hard to believe that 1990 was thirty years ago, isn’t it? In that year, Fender was commissioned to make forty solid rosewood Telecasters to be shipped overseas to a foreign distributor. When it came to accepting the last batch of them the distributor backed out, and those guitars were sold to domestic dealers; this is one of those. Fender had originally made some solid rosewood Telecasters in the 1960s, as production versions of the very first one that had allegedly been made for George Harrison. The model was kept on for only a few years and then deleted from their lineup. The later run of forty pieces, in 1990-91, was done in the very infancy of Fender’s Custom shop, when it was just a few guys like Fred Stewart, Alan Hamel, John Paige and a couple more, off in a corner of the Fender factory in Corona, California. This “department”, as it were, was led by the irrepressible John Grunder, a character-and-a-half in every respect. John was a very close pal of mine and we created many great projects together. He unfortunately passed away several years ago and I take every opportunity to pay my deepest respects to him.
Now for the guitar itself. It is FABULOUS. The top and back are each made from bookmatched Indian rosewood, with a maple lamination between top and back giving it a beautiful stripe all around the lateral centerline. The glue joint on the top does show a bit and is completely solid structurally; I suggest that this be left alone. The neck is one solid piece of amazingly straight-grained rosewood with Fender’s early oval Custom Shop logo on the back of the peghead, and with the traditional Fender stripe down its back. The pickups are whatever the crew felt like using at the time; this was way before Fender had names for a whole bunch of different pickups. And the sound: it is HUGE AND UNBELIEVABLY CLEAR, fairly screams out when you crank it up due to the unique acoustic properties of the solid rosewood body and neck. You just can’t get this kind of tone nowhere else, nohow. Overall condition is a 9 out of 10. No scratches, just a few of the tiniest playing marks and the frets show only the slightest bit of playing wear. This guitar came to me from its original owner who has had it since new and he’s taken care of it beautifully. We just got it all set up here in our own shop and it’s ready for its new home at your place for the bargain price of only $3995 w/hsc