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 Vintage Fender Telecaster
Buy a Vintage Fender Stratocaster, Jaguar and Jazz Master or Vintage Gibson SG, EB0, EB3 or Les Paul Junior.
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Rock N Roll Vintage is a Chicago vintage guitar dealer selling Vintage Amps from Marshall, vintage fender amps, fender guitars and vintage gibson guitars from the best Chicago vintage guitar dealer.  Our Chicago shop offers  Marshall amps, Ricknebacker vintage guitars, Feder stratocaster and telecaster as well as Gibson SG, Junior ( Jr.) and classics like the Fender Jazzmaster or Jazz Master and Gibson explorer and often fender relic and custom shop.  We also sell vintage Gretsch guitars from the 50's plus 60's, 70's and the 80's.  We are also a Snider Amp dealer featuring the Snider Chicago, California amps and vintage bass guitars plus D'Pergo, Divided by 13, THD amps and Fulltone and Keeley effect pedals.
Fender Telecaster Photos, Brief History and Info


RNR sells vintage Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster and Vintage Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars.



Rock N Roll Vintage is a Vintage Fender Guitar Dealer in Chicago

Fender Telecaster Guitars -  A brief history and popular models

The Fender Telecaster was first introduced in 1951 as the "Fender Broadcaster" however Gretsch owned rights to the name and Fender renamed the guitar the "Telecaster" or "Tele" as it is affectionately know as.  It was the first commercially marketed solid body electric guitar.  The Telecaster is a two pickup guitar with a bridge that allows great sustain and great treble tone.  For this reason many country artists prefer the distinctive Telecaster sound.  The Telecaster was Fender's first wildly popular guitar.    Basic features included a single cutaway slab body with 2 knobs, a 3 position toggle switch, 3 adjustable bridge saddles and strings that anchored thru the body. Major changes to the Telecaster included the addition of a Rosewood fingerboard and 8 screw pick guard in 1959, In 1965 Fender added the large F Logo to the neck plate.  The custom model was introduced in 1959 and was discontinued in 1970 which featured a sunburst finish and a bound edge.  In 1968 Fender introduced the "Thin Line" Telecaster with traditional hardware and a single F hole in the body plus and a new pick guard design.  2 humbuckers were added to the Thin Line in 1972.  The Elite model was introduced in 1983 and featured new pickups and circuitry however was short lived and was discontinued in 1985.  The Deluxe model had a Strat like headstock and vibrato and was available from 1973 to 1982. 

esquire 1954 reproduction

The Fender Esquire

The Fender Esquire was very similar to a Telecaster and essentially a single pickup version of the Tele.  It shared the same body and even included routing for a second pickup. We thought you would be interested in comparing it to a Telecaster.

A 1954 Fender Esquire (this one is a Reissue)

1953 fender telecaster

The 1953 Fender Telecaster

This is an early 1953 Telecaster right after the name was changed from the "Broadcaster".  

A 1953 Fender Telecaster
1967 fender telecaster

The 1967 Fender Telecaster

This is a 1967 Telecaster.  Although you can't see it, the neck plate has a large "F" logo on it which first appeared in 1965 shortly after CBS bought Fender in 1965.


This is a 1967 Fender Telecaster

1972 thinline telecaster

1972 fender telecaster thinline guitar

The 1972 Fender
Thinline Telecaster

Here are a nice pair of 1972 Fender Thinline Telecasters.  Note the addition of the single F Hole in order to lighten the guitar.  in 1972 Humbuckers were added to the Thinline, when first introduced it featured standard Tele hardware.

1972 Fender Telecaster Thin Line Front and Back photo  

Japanese 1968 Telecaster Reissue

There were a few telecasters produced in Japan as well.  Many collectors shy away from these telecasters however in our opinion the quality is quite high and they can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

This is a 1968 Telecaster Reissue - made in Japan


Telecaster players include Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Bruce Spingsteen, Roy Buchanan,
Arlen Roth, Danny Gatton and James Burton who played with Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson.

If you want to learn more about Danny Gatton
Friend and recording Engineer Ed Eastridge has a site selling Danny's Music


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We serve the needs of the casual vintage Fender Telecaster guitar buyer and the serious vintage Telecaster collector.

                      1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 models were very collectable.  The 1969, 1970 and 1973 models were also desirable.       The best tele years were 1957, 1958, 1959.  Second best years were 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954.  The 50's, 60's and 70's were great decades for the telecaster.                  

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