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1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Black

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Black

Regular price $5,250.00 USD
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Introduced in 1972, during a period when Fender was exploring new designs and features to compete with other popular guitar models, particularly those from Gibson, the Fender Telecaster deluxe was designed by Leo Fender and his team, building on the classic Telecaster design but incorporating significant changes to appeal to a broader audience.

One of the most notable differences from the standard Tele is the use of dual humbucking pickups, designed by Seth Lover, known for his work with Gibson’s PAF humbuckers. These pickups provide a thicker, warmer sound compared to the single-coil pickups found in standard Telecasters.  The Deluxe includes a three-way toggle switch for pickup selection, along with two volume and two tone controls, similar to the layout found on Gibson Les Paul models.

The humbucking pickups provide a thicker, more powerful sound with less hum, making the Telecaster Deluxe suitable for genres ranging from rock and blues to jazz and heavy metal.

The combination of humbuckers and the versatile control layout allows players to achieve a wide range of tones, from warm and mellow to bright and cutting.

In addition to the ash body and maple neck, the Deluxe also features a larger headstock, similar to the one found on the Fender Stratocaster, which was another departure from the traditional Telecaster design.

Overall, the Fender Telecaster Deluxe is celebrated for its unique blend of classic Telecaster design with more robust and versatile features, making it a favorite among many guitarists.

This 1974 example is offered in very good condition, showing dings, marks, and playwear consistent with a 50-year old instrument that has been used but not abused. The frets are low, but the guitar still plays excellently, with no dead spots on the maple fingerboard.  The pots have been replaced with modern 1000k variants, but it retains the original Fender "wide range" humbucking pickups. Includes a more modern Fender HSC.

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