1970's re-issue Black Fender Telecaster Custom

• 6th Mar, 2016 • 0 Comments      << Back to Blog List


Every once in a while a guitarist gets that yearning for another guitar. It was my birthday so I decided to go down to London's Tottenham Court Road in search of a new one. Actually, I had already decided what I wanted, it was a black Fender Telecaster Custom "re-issue", just like the one that Pat Travers played in the 70's.

Anyhow it wasn't difficult find one, as a number of the stores had them, it was just finding the one that played best at the the lowest price. I eventually settled on one from a popular  guitar, amp and keyboard centre and treated it to a Gator hard case. I then made may train journey home, but not before stopping off at  a nearby pub to celebrate with a pint of draught London Pride.

As I said it was my bitrhday and the store must have know this because I never got charged for the goods. There was nothing on my credit card statement, so I contacted RBS to check and they confirmed that there were no outstanding payments. I contacted the store and they said they would check and get back to me, I never heard from them.

Some time later the store went into liquidation?

I have carried out  few mods to this guitar, mostly to try and make it work for me when playing live. I have changed the bridge pickup, (which for me was too thin and lacking in sustain) for a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails humbucker and the neck pickup for a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Zebra humbucker. I also added a  Bigsby tremolo unit complete with the required bridge and alloy plate kit which replaces the standard telecaster ashtray.  To finish off I fitted some nice chrome straplocks and a real leather Harley Davidson guitar strap. 

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