VERY COOL HARD-To-FIND DAKOTA RED GE Smith Signature Telecaster ….
They seldom come up for sale. They were discontinued around 2014. I apologize if my facts are incorrect.
Very cool axe.
The following is from the GE Smith Signature Telecaster website:
Take a tour of G.E. Smith’s new signature Tele®, a special guitar that combines a ’40s-era Fender lap steel with a ’50s-era Telecaster. Features include a large U-shaped maple neck, lap steel “oval and diamond” fingerboard inlays, custom cutoff vintage-style bridge plate and body-mounted bridge pickup.
“What I’ve tried to do over the years, and in particular with this guitar, is to make it capable of being really fat-sounding, as well as doing all the chicken-pickin’ and the classic Telecaster things that you think about. But with that pickup in the wood like that, you get this resonance and this fattened-up lower end and low midrange that’s really cool.”
~ G.E. SMITH
It’s an all original GE Smith Signature model Fender Telecaster in fantastic Dakota Red, which I think is among the best Tele colors.. (Think Muddy Waters…)
Smith designed it retro style and its unlike any Tele before it but rest assured has the classic Telecaster tones..
As I understand it, Fender manufactured this model from about 2004 to 2014,
I don’t know this guitar’s age.. Serial no. ends in 233 and is stamped on pspecial “GE Smith” nameplate.
Let’s put the marbles on the table first: It’s got wear along all edges of the body and around the backplate. Please see photos.. (Please ask for more photos…)
The wear — in the form of flecks — is agreeable wear — not angry…. not damage. It looks like it was applied by some Fender relic expert because it’s so uniform and smooth. But it is wear.
No belt scratch. but there are plenty of minor marks and lines in the paint… not wood.
This is NOT mint or excellent. Between Good and Very Good cosmetically.
No cracks or repairs.
GE Smith, the former Saturday Night Live bandleader who toured with Bob Dylan and organized the Bob Dylan commemoration concert, designed the Tele in a retro style with a huge nod to the vintage lap steel guitar, as you know.
The bridge pickup is said to sit on the wood body rather than a plate like most Teles,; thus creating more resonance, it is said.
You can get a better description elsewhere I’m sure… or you probably already know about this guitar.
Chunky round U neck. See photo to compare necks of the Smith Tele to an American Standard Modern “C” neck.
Good weight..Not the heaviest ever but solidly in the top third.
It works well, had a setup with 9-46.
The former owner added a beautiful red pearloid pickguard right over the original white pickguard. I don’t know why. I never heard of such a thing. I have not removed the red guard; I think it looks great.
The guitar works like it’s supposed to.
Sorry, I’m not a store (though I’m selling this on behalf of some else and I do NOT know the guitar intimately as I have known previous guitars I sold. …Sorry… No Returns. Ask questions now.
Bid or buy with confidence as I have excellent online feedback and strive to please the customer.
I will sell only to U.S.
Specs according to Chasing Guitars website.:
- Premium ash body
- One-piece maple U-shaped neck
- Maple fingerboard, 7-1/4″ radius
- 25-1/2″ scale
- 21 vintage-style frets
- 2 American Vintage Tele pickups
- One body-mounted bridge pickup
- Master volume and tone controls
- 3 position switching
There’s no original case, but the purchase includes protective hard-soft Gator rectangular black case.