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FENDER 1997 CALIFORNIA SERIES TELECASTER Clean Black USA Fat Tele! Killer! 25182

Regular price $799
Rare USA Tele California Series. Made for two years only. Nice black/tortoise look.

This is a Fender 1997 California Series Telecaster in back finish with custom tortoise shell pickguard. It has a Fender USA humbucker in the neck and Tex Mex pickup in the bridge. The 5-way selector switch engages various combinations of the two pickups including several coil splitting settings on the neck humbucker. Guitar is in great playing condition. Player's guitar with wear marks on the edges and scuffing throughout. Frets show some mild flattening, but it plays well up and down the neck. No dead spots. Really just one of those guitars that feels good in the hands. These California Series guitars were made for a short time only as a joint venture of Fender USA and Mexico. Made in USA with all USA parts, but painted in Mexico. All the ones I've had have played great. No case. Weight is 7 pounds, 12 ounces. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing.) Thanks for looking.


Wiki Info
Vintage style “C” profile neck with a 9½" radius.
21 medium jumbo frets.
Vintage tuners and 4 bolt neck plate.
3 Ply WBW pickguard.
25½" scale length.

The California Series Telecaster model features vintage hardware such as Kluson-style tuners and a vintage bridge with six individual steel saddles. Medium jumbo frets make string bending and playability by far easier in contrast to the usual thin vintage frets. All Telecaster bodies of this particular series were routed for a humbucker pickup in the neck position. There were two options of the pickup configuration: Either a "Fat Tele" pickup arrangement with a Fender USA humbucker neck pickup and a bridge pickup or a Stratocaster single coil pickup in the neck position combined with a single coil bridge pickup. The serial numbers are in an AMXN + 6 digits format while the first digit represents the year of production. AMXN7***** means the guitar was manufactured in 1997.

What You Get
-- Full setup and cleaning.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Guitar Setup
All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!

I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.