1953 Fender Telecaster Black Guard! This guitar is mostly original, but has had some mods in the past which have been corrected. The body and neck are refinished in correct nitrocellulose lacquer.Both pickup cavities were slightly enlarged in the past for some rectangular, but shallow, pickups. The floors of the pickup cavities are original since the routes were not deep. The neck had been stained red, and there is a slight amount of red residue in the pores of the wood.The bridge pickup is an original '53 Fender lap steel converted for use in Telecaster and is otherwise identical to the original. The neck pickup is a '51 NoCaster Custom Shop re-issue.
Original parts include: Body (refinished), Neck (refinished), knobs, pots (304 325), Neck plate and screws, switch, switch tip, tone capacitor, black guard (repaired route).
Reproduction aged parts include: Tuners, neck pickup.
The serial number is 2466. The neck date is 11-53, the body date is 12-53. The guitar weighs 7.5 lbs. The neck pickup measures 7.0K Ohms, the bridge pickup measures 5.9K Ohms.
'53 Teles are highly prized for their big necks and this guitar does not disappoint. The neck measures .857" at 1st fret and .975" at 12th fret.