Sometimes I get guitars in that I’m tempted to hoard for myself and this is definitely one of them. This is a 1997 Fender Custom Shop MasterBuilt Tele, built by the renown Gene Baker, back in the early days of the Custom Shop. Back so far Fender couldn’t even dig up a spec sheet on it. But it does address one of the few ergonomic issues of the Telecaster, as Gene put a nice bevel on the top and a belly cut on the back of the normally slab body, so this is the most comfortable Fender Tele I’ve played. Gorgeous flamed neck, nicely figured ash body, good weight at 7 pounds 7 ounces. Comfortable medium neck carve. Date on the neck pocket puts it at June 97. Original tweed case, orange side pocket, has some wear, but the guitar is in great condition. No COA. Only pick is the single-ply pickguard has lifted up a little bit on the upper bout, as they are prone to do — this is why Fender later went to a 3-ply and added a screw there. Sounds awesome.

Condition: Preowned, excellent; Body: Ash, 1-ply white pick guard; Neck: AAAA flamed maple, 7.25 radius; Nut: 1.650; Color: Blonde; Pickups: MasterBuilt; Scale: 25.5; Orientation: Lefthanded (of course)