Profound social and cultural change was sweeping the nation in 1967 -- and by coincidence or design -- that year also marked an imaginative, inventive period for post-CBS Fender. The recipient of numerous fresh ideas turned out to be the company’s first solid body electric guitar—the Fender Telecaster. One of these new objectives was to relieve weight from the Telecaster. The first primitive attempts built in the summer of 1967 are known today as “Smuggler’s Teles.”
While Smuggler’s Teles appear outwardly identical to its standard counterpart, a few light taps on the pickguard demonstrate a unique quality underneath. Removing the guard reveals three rather large cavities where part of the ash body has been removed. Only a few of these Telecasters were made that summer before Fender engineers decided to pursue the more drastic modifications that led to the creation of the Telecaster Thinline in 1968.
This Fender Custom Shop LTD 1967 Smuggler's Telecaster Closet Classic in Vintage White is a reproduction of this pivotal guitar. The pickguard is clear to show off the routed cavities. This guitar also comes with a second pickguard, which allows the routed areas to be covered up if you choose to do so.
This guitar is loaded with a set of hand wound '67 pickups that bring out all of the twang and bite this instrument has to offer. The bridge position is crisp and can become downright nasty when it's called to be nasty. The neck pickup is smoother and has a nice mid-range bark.
The Mid 60's C shaped neck is comfortable, fast and easy to play. The 9.5" Radius paired with the 6105 Frets make this guitar great for players that feel at home with a vintage style instrument.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since their formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of about 50 Fender Custom Shop instrument in inventory at all times. Whether you're looking for Stratocaster's, Telecasters, Precision Basses or Jazz Basses we are able to help you design or find whatever the special instrument you're looking for may be!