Chicago Music Exchange has announced that it is selling three highly-coveted "blackguard" Fender guitars from the early 1950s.
The three guitars - a '51 Telecaster, '53 Esquire and '53 Telecaster, respectively - are three of the earliest blackguards available on the market today. You can learn more about each guitar below.
1951 Fender Telecaster ($24,995)
This '51 Tele blackguard is the earliest iteration of the model. Originally named the Broadcaster, then the "No-caster" (after a lawsuit from Gretsch, regarding its similarly named Broadkaster drum kit), this is one of the most sought-after Fenders out there.
The guitar, which features a solid ash body, has been refinished and aged by Coop Guitars. It has a maple neck and a maple fingerboard.
1953 Fender Telecaster ($45,995)
Chicago Music Exchange says that this '53 Tele is 100 percent original. The guitar comes with the original poodle case, and even features some photos of the original owner playing the guitar.
The vintage Tele also features original 3-way positioning, with the bridge pickup in first position, the neck pickup in second position and a dark neck pickup in third position.
The guitar features an ash body, and a maple neck and fingerboard.
1953 Fender Esquire ($24,995)
The body on this vintage Esquire has been refinished, while its neck has been refretted, stripped and left natural except for its headstock.
Its bridge pickup is from a 1952 Fender Champion lap steel, while its neck pickup is a 1959 Gibson P.A.F. The guitar's nut, pick guard and switch tip have also been replaced. A pickup ring has also been installed on the guitar to accommodate the humbucker.
The guitar's body is solid ash, while its neck and fingerboard are both maple.
For more info on each of the guitars, head on over to chicagomusicexchange.com.