Sonic Evaluation

Little-known fact: the first prototype guitars Leo Fender ever built had 3-on-a-side tuners and 1.5" thick pine bodies. These proto-Telecasters are called "Snakeheads," and they are among the rarest guitars in the world. Back in 1996, the Fender Custom shop did a limited run of 50 Snakeheads. Though this guitar may be rare enough to entice collectors, it's a sonic powerhouse, too. Its one Custom Shop flatpole pickup puts out some serious classic Fender tone. The high-end chimes and squawks, the midrange is punchy and biting, and the low-end is present but well-mannered. It's also quite touch-sensitive. Anyone looking for a rare Custom Shop Fender with spectacular sound and playability should get bitten by this Snakehead!

Condition Report

This limited edition beauty has had some work done to resolve a few issues with the neck, and it has couple of small cosmetic flaws. The good people at Woodsongs Lutherie completely refretted the guitar, planed the fignerboard, replaced the nut, and refinished the neck. There's also a five-degree Stew Mac shim in the neck pocket, which has corrected the neck angle. There are also a number of dings--the most noticeable of which is on the back between the string ferrules. The good news is that it plays like butter coated in more butter now! It also comes with a certificate of authenticity and TWO original hardshell cases: a vintage-style tweed case and a modern sturdy metal case to protect the other case. If you don't mind that a previous owner did some work on this guitar to make it play better, you can snag a rare and interesting Fender for an amazing price here!


Brand Used
Model1996 Fender Custom Shop Snakehead Telecaster
Finish ColorWhite
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight5.77 lbs
Limited Series#6 of 50 Pieces
Body WoodPine
Neck Wood1-Piece Maple
Neck Shape'53 C
Neck Measurements.930 1st - .970 12th
Scale Length25.5"
Width at Nut1.650"
Frets21 Non-Original Vintage
Pickups1 Flatpole Snakehead
Controls1 Volume, 1 Tone
Tuners3-On-A-Side Vintage-Style w/Plastic Buttons
CaseHardshell Case with Thermometer Tweed Hardshell Case

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Serial Number: 06OF50

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