Selling A 1979 Telecaster

SchafferShokai

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I'm gonna sell my '79 Telecaster, but I have no idea how much I should ask for it. Everything on it is original. I've posted some pictures so you can see what kind of shape it's in.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks.
 

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Minivan Megafun

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Combining all the most undesirable Tele features in one package! F-covered tuners, 6-barrell saddle bridge, thick polyester finish.
 

Dacious

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Combining all the most undesirable Tele features in one package! F-covered tuners, 6-barrell saddle bridge, thick polyester finish.

Conversely, still merely outrageous in price and not downright obscene. The 83 is a worse proposition being Toploader and shallow neck with claw bridge.

You don't play the finish and the tuners are able to be disassembled, lubed, retensioned and hold tune forever.

Other than. That the only bad thing imo is the 1 meg volume pot.
 

gridlock

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I bought a ‘79 Fender Ash Stratocaster in similar condition (except for Custom Shop pickups and a newer pick-guard) for $1600 about two years ago.

With recent price increases, I would think a nice and all original ‘79 Telecaster, would sell for $2700 - $3000.
 

haggardfan1

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My first Tele was a Sienna Burst identical to that one.

The serial number on mine was S 850753. The reason I remember that after selling the guitar fourteen years ago? It was stolen once but recovered.
 

985plowboy

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Combining all the most undesirable Tele features in one package! F-covered tuners, 6-barrell saddle bridge, thick polyester finish.

I’m not saying it’s for me either, but you can’t argue with the market.
If folks are paying $2,500+ then it’s worth more than nearly anything I have.

Good on ya OP!
Get paid.
 

ponycar

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I think that you will find a buyer quite easily. I would recommend weighing it with accurate scales and showing a good photo of the condition of the cowboy frets. GLWTS!
 

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My first thought was $2500. That is a beautiful tele in my opinion-I love those sienna bursts! I usually take a hit and sell local on craigslist as I do not like to ship items. A couple of years ago I sold a similar condition 79 strat for $1600 but I think the prices have gone up a bit. As has been said- weight and fretwear are considerations
 

groovezilla79

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This one is on my bucket list.... my birth year + sienna burst + all original and unmolested. :(

If I had the scratch right now we'd be having a serious conversation right now. Good luck to you, sir!
 

That Cal Webway

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Importantly what are the specs on it??

Fret condition, size
neck width, depth, wt. and etc?
I assume its trad 7.25" radius.
 

John C

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@SchafferShokai - Are you sure it's a 1979, or are you just going by the serial number? I'm thinking that Sienna sunburst didn't start until 1981; have you had it apart to check body, neck and pot dates?? Fender used the S8xxxxx serial numbers on Teles all the way through 1982.

But that shouldn't impact the pricing; that whole 1979-1982 age range of "standard" Teles goes for about the same price these days; it doesn't matter if it's a 1979 or a 1982.
 




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