Chicago Music Exchange has put on sale three vintage Fender Blackguard Telecasters. These include a ’51 Tele, a ’53 Tele and a ’53 Esquire.
As discussed in our oral history of the Telecaster, the solidbody emerged in the early 50s as a solution to the issue of feedback. While the three Teles share DNA from that magical era, two of them have been slightly modified:
The ’51 model, which CME claims is the “earliest iteration” of its kind, has been refinished and aged. The ’53 Esquire, on the other hand, was fitted with a Gibson PAF at the neck after this position was discovered to have been hand-routed for a humbucker. It also boasts a bridge pup that originated from a Champion lap steel.
In comparison to the two models above, the ’53 Tele is in mint condition. The original positioning of its three-way switch has been retained, while the axe arrives in its original poodle case that’s stocked with original case candy.
As you’d expect, these Teles do not come cheap. The ’51 model is available at $16,995 (RRP $24,995), the ’53 Esquire at $22,995 and the ’53 Tele at $44,995.
Learn more about the three Blackguard Teles below:
More info at chicagomusicexchange.com.