40th Anniversary Tele owners...

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  1. digiprod

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    value question collector series

    Hi!
    I am a newcomer on this forum and I need some help with a value matter.
    I have a guitar that without doubt is a 40th anniversary telecaster, but not one of the 300 first ones.It has a serial number on the headstock front C9000##
    possibly meaning Collector series 1990 and what number it had in that series.I bought it without seeing it first thinking it would be well worn after 20+ years.But no it appears to be almost unplayed.The metal parts have lost some shine but other than that it looks new.There are bits of the protectve plastic film left under the bridge mounting screws that indicate it´s never been removed.I haven´t unscrewed anything so I dont know if the builders signed it.It has the sunburst finish and must be one of the guitars John Page mentions beeing assembled after the initial run.So in perspective of the recent rise in value of theese guitars it would be interesting to know how the experts on the forum would rank my guitar. Is it equal to one of the first 300 or is it less worth?Grateful for any help.
     
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    If it is not numbered 0-300 it is not part of this 40th Anniversary series which was the first series of guitars built in the Fender Custom Shop and what makes this series valuable to collectors. Fender did make more of these guitars after the series as there was a demand for them.

    In fact "0" of the 1-300 was added for Eric Clapton as he requested one after they were sold out.

    I am not exactly sure of the value of your find as a lot has to do with condition, etc.

    Still sounds like a great Tele from the custom shop. Good luck, enjoy it!
     
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    Hi and welcome. We'd love to see pics
     
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    I second that.
     
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    Ok, but I have to find someone who can help me with the pictures so I get back as soon as I can.May take a couple of days.
     
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    My next post will (hopefully) contain some pictures of the guitar.The neck pickup cavity is signed by what looks like R.Dave, T Smith and in a reverse angle B.Faust.I decided to not remove the bridge plate because of what remain of the plastic film.All details, pickguard material, tuners etc are exactly as on the first 300.So is this to be considered a 40th anniversary telecaster and how do you value it in comparison to the first 300?
     
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    Hmmm, looks like a 40th with the exception of that serial number on the front of the headstock.

    Any Custom Shop markings on it?

    Thanks for posting the pics...
     
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    Yes Sir, here are stamps and markings that might be relevant
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    I've only seen one other like that. Pretty cool!
     
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    Yes, pretty cool!

    Here is the way the markings look on the run of 300. There is no serial number on the front of the headstock. This was one of my three 40ths and now lives happily with digiprod...

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    I think you have a legit 40th Anniversary Telecaster and perhaps because it was a very limited run, beyond the original run (confirmed by Fender CS's Mr. Page), it is even more rare and perhaps valuable. I've been looking for years and this is the first one I've seen outside of the "X of 300" serial number.

    I believe it will come down to what the market will offer if and when you sell and how good a "marketing" job you do with it. Prices on the last couple were north of $7k and one was not even all stock.

    Congrats again and best of luck with it...
     
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    Key confirmation from page 5 of this thread..
     
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    Thanks for the input.I needed that as I perhaps will sell it due to the swedish IRS.
     
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    Holy Crap! I hadn't seen the eBay sale for $8,500...
     
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    Anybody else see Keith Urban play one of his stock 40ths on the Beatles tribute concert a week or two? Sounded mighty fine... first time I've seen him play one live in a while
     
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    Wow. The one for 8500 looks untouched nearly
     
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