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I've been running in to some strange guitars lately. I've been playing with a new band the last couple of months, although the members aren't new people to me. I've been friends with the drummer for 50 years (since grade 2) and have known the bass player and lead singer since about 1983.
So last night after the gig, we had most of the stuff packed up and the lead singer had his 1964 Telecaster sitting there in the middle of the floor on a stand. He's the original owner and I've seen him play it since I've known him. I've never really looked at it closely and never bothered much with it, mainly cause its a lefty so couldn't really play it any way.
So last night I decided to pick it up and give it a close look and noticed a couple things. First I noticed it was feather light. If I had to guess, it was probably about 6.8 pounds. Kind of light for my taste. My lightest being 7.4.
But the strangest thing is on the headstock there is not "Telecaster". Just "Fender". This is so freaky as the day before I run in to a Masterbuilt Nocaster, with "Telecaster" on the headstock. A tele with out "Telecaster and a Nocaster with "Telecaster", whats this world coming to.
The owner says that it was a custom, meaning I think he meant that he ordered it. I wasn't aware that you could order from Fender before the Custom Shop, but being its a lefty and I imagine lefty guitars were scarce, is that how Fender handled catering to lefty's?. They could special order? Did Fender have a policy not to put "Telecaster" or "Stratocaster" on the headstocks if it was a custom order, much like Martin stamping the neck blocks as "Custom" for custom ordered guitars even if the guitars have D-28 appointments?
For the age its in pretty decent shape. He played in bands from the time he got it in 64 till about 1985 because his job didn't permit him weekend time to play. From then it probably sat in a closet till 2 years ago when he retired and started his band again.

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It is a Custom Telecaster because it has binding. It is from approximately 1972. It has a black decal, 2 string trees, a white guard, "F" tuners & neck plate, but the route in the upper bout is still shaped "correctly." The left handed Teles from this era said only Fender on the headstock. Nice guitar.
 
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