Vintage Bench Test: 1967 Fender Custom Telecaster

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A special place in guitar history may be reserved for pre-CBS Fenders, but Huw Price finds that this 60s Custom has many of the features of that golden age. A very long time ago, describing a guitar as ‘vintage’ rather than merely second-hand depended, to some extent, on whether it was made before or after 1965. Things have changed a lot since More...

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