1998 Fender Telecaster #37 Collectors Edition


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09-15-2009, 09:41 AM
I am selling a very special telecaster that I purchased last year but played only twice. This is a 1998 fender telecaster in essentially like-new mint shape. In 1998 Fender released several anniversary models for Strats, and this was their Collector’s Edition for the telecaster. You can see the abalone inlay of ‘1998’ in the maple neck at the 12th fret along with the special neckplate on the back. The guitar features the gold ashtray (never taken out of the plastic bag except for the photo shoot) and gold hardware and turners.

Numbers differ on how many Collectors’ Edition telecasters where actually made—the back of the nameplate clearly states this is serial number “0037 out of 1998” which makes this a highly desirable low serial number guitar. Fender will not disclose how many were actually produced, but I have never seen one with a higher serial number than 1045. Most Fender experts do no think all 1998 were ever produced.

This guitar is in phenomenal condition. The guitar was acquired from a West Coast seller last year that never played it and bought it new as an investment. I opened the original plastic bag to take the pictures of all the case candy. (I have more detailed pictures.)

The guitar shows no signs of wear or tear. The case (a custom G&G case) has a few very small scuffs on a couple of edges. I just had the guitar undergo a $150 completely set up since I do not believe it was ever done since it was built. Intonation is excellent.

I never planned on selling the guitar, but I recently bought a John Cruz masterbuilt telecaster (which is awesome) and my wife is making me sell one of my telecaster—hence, this baby needs to find a new home.

These guitars rarely come up for sale—I have only seen 1 on eBay over the past year. There are currently two up for salein the US. The first one is at Chicago Music for $2595. Although it is hard to tell form the photo, the condition looks very good but the serial number looks to be #537, clearly not as desirable as #37.

The other one is $1295 from a pawn broker. This one is serial number #477 but does not have the original case, devaluing it considerably.

I am listing this one at $1945 or right in the middle of these two guitars. Mine is much more desirable than the Chicago Music due to serial number. I will respond to a nearby offer.

I have a lot of high-res pictures if you need to see more. Email me your email address and I can send on if you’re serious about the guitar.

Here are some pictures:












09-16-2009, 07:06 AM
I forgot to add that at that price I will ship free in the 48 continental US.

09-21-2009, 07:43 AM
I wrote fender and got the following information form them:

Model Name: 1998 Collectors Edition Telecaster(r)
Model Number: 010-1998-803
Series: Limited Edition Series
Body: Ash Body
Neck: Maple (Special "V" Shape, Tinted)
Fingerboard: Maple With Abalone Dot Inlay and Special Abalone 1998 Inlay
At the 12th Fret (7.25" Radius/241 mm)
No. of Frets: 21
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Hardware: Gold (Special Collectors Edition Commemorative Neck Plate)
Machine Heads: Gold Vintage Style
Bridge: Gold Vintage Style Tele (Steel Saddles)
Pickguard: Single-Ply White
Pickups: 2 Vintage Tele Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone (Modern Tele Wiring)
Colors: (803) 2-Color Sunburst
Strings: Fender Super 250L's (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel
Unique Features:
Source: U.S.
Accessories: Brown Tolex Case with Gold Interior, Brown Leather Vintage
Style Strap
U.S. MSRP: $1,699.99
Specs: Prices and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice
COMMENTS: Only 1998 were made

Rising Shadow
09-21-2009, 07:48 PM
beautiful guitar. Except I don't have that kind of money to spend lol. (unless you wanna trade for my rickenbacker amp but i doubt it)

Free bump though :)