The serial number is an E3xxxxx It is a top loader with the 6 (modern)? Hey, just got my hands on a fender tele. I went ahead a bought a 1983 Fender American Telecaster Toploader. Nope, just like the 1983 tele is never mentioned. in terms of weight, its pretty much the same as my strat so its not an issue. Our mission is to establish and develop the ultimate network/community designed for enthusiasts and retailers of vintage, rare and antique musical instruments, as well as an online network for dedicated builders of fine instruments. The 1958 Telecaster pictured has the features most often associated with a top-loading Tele. The "C" shape neck feels great also.. style saddles. These include a one-piece maple neck, a white 1-ply pickguard (black until late 1954, 3-ply after 1963), an ash body finished in translucent blonde, and a “spaghetti” headstock logo positioned above the string tree, lining up with the A tuner. Dec 17, 2010 #1. stevie649 TDPRI Member. 1983 fender telecaster usa! I like the jumbo frets, much more than the tiny ones on my 62' RI strat. Buckley once said of his Telecaster, "To me, it means Led Zeppelin I, Elvis, country. Some of these are in essence just regular telecasters with sometimes a few minor differences (like pink paisley finish). I'll make a pic-laden introduction with my 1983 telecaster. 03.03.2011: Notice :: View Hi-Res photos of Jeff's 1983 Fender Telecaster! But never, ever, ever, does Fender promote the 1983 tele. I started doing some research and have a few questions. Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by stevie649, Dec 17, 2010. Joined: Dec 17, 2010 Location: london. Posts: 3. In my opinion, the 83 telecaster should be the last one of the "old classics". "Are they good or bad? Not to exclude those top loading partscasters/customs, who are more than welcome to hang their hats here. This is for those of us who own a telecaster from circa 1959 (lucky lucky people), circa 1983 with that quirky elite bridge, and anytime since the top loaders have mingled their way into a Fender telecaster line. This is without a doubt Jeff’s best-known guitar, but a little less known fact is that the guitar didn’t actually belong to him but to Janine Nichols, Arts at St. Ann’s Program Director, from whom he borrowed it in 1991. 1983 U.S.A. Fender Telecaster 1983 Headstock 1983 Top Loader Bridge: Jeff's 1983 Fender Telecaster. About us: Mission and promise. 1983 Fender Telecaster Toploader. 02.24.2020: Song :: Myles Kennedy plays Hallelujah on Jeff's Telecaster. In terms of quality, sound etc" As far as I can tell, good quality great sound! Any help??