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Posted 7 years ago


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This Fender guitar is a prototype Telecaster made somewhere in between 1948-1951, Before we knew them as Telecasters (later name).

The first models were called Broadcasters and Nocasters and then changed name to the Telecaster and Esquire (depending on pickup configuration)

We shot these pictures in NYC in November 2010. When Dan, from Chelsea Guitars, opened the case - all I could see was a red telecaster model in a newer case. I really didn´t think much of it in those few seconds until Dan started to reveil this amazing story.

See full interview here:


  1. nicky7, 7 years ago
    is this, one of like the first 20 made by leo. do you have any idea? thanks
  2. Dan, 7 years ago
    It's probably the 6th one made...My gut? It's a 'test bed', Leo and the guys working out the 'how and why' of what would soon become the Telecaster guitar we all know so well.....
  3. VintageandRare VintageandRare, 7 years ago
    @Nicky - From what Dan tells us this is probably the 6th prototype. So yes :-)
    @Dan - yes, its quite amazing isn´t it. I couldn´t believe my eyes, when he told me the story - Sooo glad, I got this on Cam.

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