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CBS Telecasters

1967 Fender Smugglers Telecaster

Telecaster Series CBS (Late 1967)

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Body Wood: Ash
Lacquer: Nitrocellulose
Shape: Telecaster Standard
Pickguard: 8 Hole / 3-Ply White/Black/White Vinyl or ABS
Serial: Stamped On Neckplate / 6-Digit

Neck Wood: Maple
Decal: Black Transistion w /Gold Trim+ "Telecaster" + Pat#
Fretboard Material: Rosewood / Maple (Maple Cap, no Skunk Stripe)
Neck Lacquer: Nitrocellulose
Neck Profile: Medium/Slim "C"
Headstock: Standard Tele
Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm) +/-
Scale: 25.5"
Radius: 7.25"
#Frets: 21
Fretwire: 6230 Vintage Frets
Trussrod: ) Vintage adjust at Heel
Bolt-On Type: 4-Bolt

Bridge Type: 3-Saddle Vintage String-trough Bridge / Ashtray Cover
Bridge Marking: "FENDER Pat.No DES.164227 / 2.573.254"
Saddle: Threaded Steel Saddles
Tuners: "F" Tuners
String Tree: Butterfly
Neckplate: Blank Plate
Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top

Switch: 3-Way CRL / Top Hat Switch-Tip
Wiring Info: Standard B/BM/N
Capacitor: 50V / .05uf Dime Capacitor
Pickup Config: S
Neck Pickup: Vintage Single Coil
Bridge Pickups: Vintage Single Coil (Staggered and Cloth-Wrapped)

CASE: Fender Black Hardshell Case w/ Orange Plush Lining (Additional Cost)

"The Smuggler" deserves its own listing on here. otherwise same specs as standard 67 Tele.
The Smugglers Telecaster was Fenders attempt to relieve some weight from their heavy ash wood at the time. The CBS-Era guitars is notoriously known to be on the heavy side.
In late-1967, they experimented by routing out some wood under the pickguard.
This was abandoned iat the end of '67 or very early 1968 as they pursued other ways to deal with it. What came out of further planing was the Thinline Telecaster.
Most people who bought this in '67/'68 was never told of this operation done on these telecasters on purchase. They only came to know of it when they removed the pickguard.
The nickname "Smugglers" is off course tied to that you could smuggle contraband goods in the routings.


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