As publisher of [GTR], I live in a vintage guitar store rich city. In fact, throughout the Seattle-Tacoma, WA region there are several really good vintage guitar stores. They are all vendors at the annual Tacoma Guitar Festival held at the Tacoma Dome that [GTR] co-sponsors (April 21st & 22nd, 2018 is our next event) and over the years I have become friends with the owners of these stores.
When I got wind that a very rare 1951 Fender Telecaster had landed at Emerald City Guitars in Seattle, I was immediately interested in seeing it. When I heard that this particular Telecaster was autographed by George Fullerton himself, I got in the car, grabbed our house photographer Joe Riggio (a vintage expert in his own right and respected maker of Riggio Custom Guitars) and drove to Seattle to hang with this very unique Telecaster.
I wanted to get there quick as I knew that this possible piece of history would sell fast. Items like this just don’t surface and stay available that often.
The provenance on this particular Telecaster comes from George Fullerton himself. In his own book, “Guitars from George & Leo – How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars” Hal Leonard Publishing. George had signed the back of the body when he gave it to a friend as a wedding gift in 1952 (serial #0900). A photo of that signature on the guitar is in the book. I suggest you buy it and read more about the successful friendship and business that George and Leo shared. I bought it and am glad I did.
This guitar did sell quickly and the new owner sure has one special Telecaster now.
The Publisher would like to thank Jay Boone, Trevor Boone and the friendly staff at Emerald City Guitars for extending their hospitality to us for yet another great guitar experience.