Dating telecaster guitar
This variant was made from 1968 to 1971 and said "Fender Telecaster" only on the peghead (as per regular solidbody Telecasters), the truss rod adjusted at the butt-end of the neck, and had a pearloid pickguard going from the neck pickup to the tone control.In 1971, Fender changed the model to use Humbucking pickups, a "bullet" truss rod (adjusts at peghead), and the peghead decal now says "Fender Telecaster Thinline".
In the period roughly between 19, several craftsmen and companies experimented with solid-body electric guitars, but none had made a significant impact on the market.Maple fingerboard available as an option (black dots). "F" style tuning gears replaces Kluson-Deluxe gears.Polyester thick finish replaces nitrocellulose lacquer. String ferrules on back now stick out, no longer flush.Strings anchor at bridge ("top loading") instead of going thru the body (late 1958). Single layer thick white pickguard (custom color Teles used 3 layer celluloid mint green pickguard).
Tele Custom introduced with 3 layer celluloid mint green pickguard.
Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music.