Fender Telecaster Deluxe (1973)
Fender Telecaster Deluxe (1973)

Telecaster Deluxe (1973), TLC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Telecaster series.

denied 07/31/2011

Fender Telecaster Deluxe (1973) : denied's user review

« Breathtaking »

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-Alder body
- Maple neck, and fretboard
- Vintage F tuning machines
- 2 volume, 2 tone controls
-3 way toggle switch
- Bolt on neck
- vintage 3 saddle string thru bridge
- 21 frets
- Bridge single coil, neck humbucker
- Ashtray pickup cover


These guitars have been around for a while, and there is a reason why. Built for serious ease of use and reliability. Simple, solid construction that works. My one complaint is the placement of the toggle switch up towards the front of the body, which I’ve never really taken to, but could be a personal preference thing. Some people might gripe about the limitations of 21 frets, but that is vintage Fenders for you. Take it or leave it. Quite difficult to find anything to complain about with these, they work and they last.

The actual feel of the guitar is unreal. The neck is pure butter, and the age has left finger grooves that are incredibly comfortable to play on. The Custom Shop does a great job with relics, but this is the real deal. The vintage F tuners keep it in tune pretty well. The bridge isn’t the most convenient, but that was the technology available back in 73.


Again, Unreal. One of the few guitars with a single coil in the bridge and humbucker in the neck position as opposed to vice versa. It gives you quite an interesting array of tones, especially with the dual volume and tone controls. You get the classic bright bridge Tele sound, paired with a very deep and powerful neck sound. This is the guitar that will get you to that Stones sound. The aged wood and vintage pickups are a winning pair.


Possibly the best guitar I’ve laid hands on. Very difficult to put down. The utter ease of playing and distinct tonal bliss make it one of the most sought after guitars on the market. These are incredibly well built, easy to use but versatile. Unfortunately that means a pretty hefty price tag. If you do get a chance to pick one of these up at a reasonable cost, do not hesitate.