A Fender Teleacoustic, Year ?,  Serial No. EC006,
Lot 106
A 1992 Fender Set Neck Telecoustic, Serial No. EC006,
Sold for US$ 8,540 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 1992 Fender Set Neck Telecoustic,
Serial No. EC006,
back of headstock with early 1990s Fender Custom Shop transfer and serial number EC006, in black finish, mahogany chambered body with mahogany set neck, spruce top, twenty-two fret pau ferro fingerboard, elliptical soundhole, asymmetrical pau ferro/ebony sandwich bridge with strings-through-body construction, Fishman Transducers switch plate to back; and black rectangular hardshell case with gray plush lining containing an unopened bag of accessories including Fender webbing guitar strap, leads and Fender cleaning cloth; and two handwritten labels with various inscriptions including Fender Teleacoustic E.C.006 Blk. Custom Shop

Footnotes

  • This guitar was one of the first of a pair built by John Page and Mark Kendrick at Fender Custom Shop. It was sent to Clapton for his evaluation in 1992, the other one was sent to Bob Dylan. It is one of eighteen ever made.

    Telecoustic was designed by John Page, the then Manager of Fender Custom Shop in 1990-91 and was first made as a Custom Shop model with a set neck and a mahogany body. These are very different instruments from the current mass-produced Telecoustic model with a fibreglass body and bolt on maple neck. John Page commented in 2010:
    "I designed the original Telecoustic in the early 90s maybe, and built the first prototype (which I still own). It was an evolution of the double F-Hole, Spruce top Esquire I had made several of. Andre Duchossoir had tagged that one the Page-o-caster. I had designed it because I wanted a more acoustic sounding and feeling (resonance wise) electric guitar. The Telecoustic was a logical next step. It was a Honduran Mahogany neck and body, with a Spruce top... usually Bear-Clawed. The Honduran body was a solid piece that was routed out to make it hollow. It had a "T" support that came up from the end pin area of the butt to support the bridge. I designed the bridge to be a reversed Kasha, with the main tonal transfer area to be on the treble side... I wanted more bottom out of the treble. I made it strings through the body because I wanted this electric-acoustic to have lots of bottom to it. Existing models that were in the market at the time were very "top-endy" tonally... I wanted this guitar to have a "thickness" to it.

    The Telecoustic was the first entry of what I was hoping to be an acoustic expansion for the Custom Shop, ultimately producing our own line of full acoustics. I had been eyeing Mark Kendrick to come to work for me to head-up this project. He was working as a painter in the factory at the time, but had an extensive guitar building background. I hired him into the Custom Shop and had him start with the Telecoustics. He built a total of about 18 of them, including this one for Eric Clapton. I asked Mark if he recalled this guitar and he sent me this reply - "I did build the black Telecoustic you speak of. Three were done at the same time. One was sent to Clapton, another to Dylan. Those two were pretty much the same guitar. The 3rd one was sent to Jon Bon Jovi. It was sunburst and had a f-hole. I figure around March or April of '92. I made a total of 18 pieces."
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