1954 Fender Telecaster



This vintage 1954 Fender Telecaster Blackguard was owned and played by a Vietnam veteran and accomplished Nashville session musician, a legacy supported by accompanying documentation from his family.

Restored in the 1980s-90s by Sho Bud guitars in Nashville and further refined in 2023 by our store, this Telecaster showcases a beautifully refinished Butterscotch Ash body and its original pickups (bridge pickup rewound). The large profile flame maple neck, dated TG 4-54, has also been refinished.

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With a production run of only approximately 5,000 Blackguards between 1950 and mid-1954, this guitar stands as a rare and valuable artifact of musical history.

Careful Restoration

The Telecaster has been upgraded with new cloth wiring, a period-correct 1954 switch, and modern pots, while retaining its timeless appeal. The Spaghetti logo decal has been replaced, the string tree is a period-correct replica, and vintage Kluson tuners, found in the case, have been refitted.

A Player's Grade Blackguard with Timeless Appeal

This Fender Telecaster Blackguard represents a significant opportunity for collectors seeking a well-loved instrument with player-friendly upgrades.

The original components – input, pickups, pickguard, bridge plate, saddles, knobs, and switch tip – remain functional and intact, each bearing the natural patina from extensive use.

Detailed Specifications

  • Refinished body and neck
  • Original pickups with updated cloth wiring with bridge pickup rewound
  • Upgraded pots, vintage Kluson tuners (later 1950’s) and a 1954 original switch
  • Added recent Spaghetti Logo Decal and String Tree
  • Black 1970’s Fender Telecaster case

This vintage Fender Telecaster guitar is in Perth, Western Australia.

Body:Refinished Ash Butterscotch
Neck:Refinished Flame Maple
Markers:Black Dots
Pickups:Original Pickups, Bridge Rewound
Modifications & Repairs:Refinished, New Decal, New String Tree, Changed Pots, Bridge Pickup Rewound, Slight Routing under Neck Pickup.

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