While the original dual-single-coil/sunburst Telecaster Custom was discontinu­ed in 1972, that same year a radically overhauled design appeared. Advertised as the Telecaster Custom (though often referred to as the “Custom Telecaster”), the new model sported the unique configurat­ion of a regular Tele-style single-coil bridge pickup along with a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position. Featuring Les Paul-style controls, including independen­t pickup volume and tone pots and a three-way switch on the upper bass bout, the newly designed ‘version two’Telecaster Custom offered players a unique combinatio­n of sounds that covered both Gibson and Fender territory.

From 1973, with the introducti­on of the dual-’bucker Telecaster Deluxe, three out of four of Fender’s Tele designs carried the new Wide Range pickup; only the standard Tele retained its existing dual single coils. This latter version of the Telecaster Custom was discontinu­ed in 1981 (along with the Telecaster Deluxe).

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