A few days ago, I got the bright idea that I would hit the local pawn shop before getting my radioactive iodine treatment. I figured that I would buy a cheap used guitar that I would not be heart broken over, if radioactivity set in. So, off I went only to find a few guitars that were overpriced and absolute rubbish.
Next, I drove by my local independent shop. He had a large stock of Fenders. Everything from Squires to Custom shop models. Of course the first couple I pointed at were Custom Shop models. There was a 50's style P-Bass with all the original style covers that I truly adored. It's funny how I have a nose for such things. Next I pointed at the Telecasters, and asked the price range. He said the were all made in Mexico, and were at a price around what I had in my pocket. I pointed to a transparent blonde finished Tele, and asked if I could check it out. He said that was priced slightly higher because it's a special model. I played it a bunch through a tweed reissue Champ, and really liked it. We worked out a price that included a very nice Fender Tweed hard case.
What I got is a '50's Fender Classic Tele "Lacquer." It has an ash body with white transparent blonde lacquer, maple slab neck with slightly tinted lacquer and a big round "C" shape, and vintage style pickups and wiring. It sounded pretty good through my Deluxe Reverb when I got it home. After my treatment, it sounded a bit like a Geiger Counter going off, but has subsided considerably over the past couple of days.
Looks pretty nice, no?
The Fender Spec Page:http://www.fender.com/guitars/telecaster/classic-series-50s-telecaster-lacquer/0140063701.html#productsPerRow=2&prefn1=series&prefv1=Classic&start=1