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 Telecaster. One of these new concepts was to make the Telecaster lighter. 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 regular ones, a few light taps on the pickguard foretell something different underneath. Removing the guard reveals three rather large cavities where part of the ash body was removed. Only a few of these Teles were made that summer before Fender engineers decided to pursue more drastic modifications. This 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 so you can see the routed areas. This guitar does come with a second pickguard so you can cover up the routed areas.
Loaded with a set of hand wound 67 pickups this guitar has plenty of twang and bite. The bridge is crisp and nasty. The neck pickup is smooth with a nice mid-range bark.
The Mid 60's C shaped neck is comfortable, fast and easy to play.
Fender Custom Shop
1967 Telecaster Closet Classic
Chambers Routed into Body
Mid 60's Oval C Shaped Neck
Handwound 67 Pickups
3 Way Toggle
Weighs 6 lbs 9 oz
Original Hardshell Case
Certificate of Authenticity
Return Policy: We allow a 48 hour approval period. In the event of a return, the buyer pays shipping both ways. The instrument must be returned in original condition as it was shipped with all hang tags, certificates and warranty cards.