We've been singing the praises of Lentz guitars for years and feel they're making some of the best high-end Fender style guitars you can buy. Exhibit A? This near mint Traditional T-style with Reserve-level Specs. Featuring a 25 year old, cabinet aged alder body and flamed maple neck - woods that are typically only used on their Reserve level guitars - this Tele is a rare gem...not to mention the gorgeous Ocean Turquoise finish. Just a stunning instrument on every level.
What's fascinating about these guitars is how every aspect of the build is perfect, but the guitars don't feel sterile or perfect-for-the-sake-of-perfect. To the contrary, these are some of the most alive, soulful, tone-filled bolt-necks you can get. The father/son pair (Scott Sr and Jr) have restored countless numbers of prized vintage electric guitars for decades so they've seen inside and out, quite literally, what makes those old guitars exceptional and it shows in their builds.
The two things that make a Lentz a cut above the rest are their necks and their pickups. The necks are incredibly well made, no doubt a huge part of why these guitars sound so great. The pickups are wound for each specific guitar based on the guitar's woods, weight, etc...What you end up with is an ultra-stable neck that rarely if ever needs adjustment (we've owned / played Lentz guitars for many years before representing them at the shop so we're speaking from first-hand experience) and tones that are simply jaw-dropping.
We have the luxury of a/b'ing newer builds like this with 50s and 60s Tele's that happen to be in the shop - truth be told? We'd take the Lentz almost every time. It captures everything about those old guitars but with new, flawless construction.
Condition: Excellent+. Only very light / minor signs of prior ownership are present - one small finish chip on the back edge of the body, very, very faint fret wear. Please note - the case has two broken latches (which is how it came to us).
If you've been looking to get your hands on a Lentz, this is your chance. We don't expect this one to last long. Priced with hardshell case.
- Alder body, cabinet aged 25 years, 3 lbs 12 oz
- Ocean Turquoise
- Flame maple neck, cabinet aged 25 years, one piece
- V profile, .900 @ the 1st fret
- 1.655" nut
- Black phenolic
- Bone nut
- 6105 frets
- Lentz Custom Edition pickups - Neck, alnico 5 (8.2k); Bridge, alnico 2 (10k), 43 wire
- 3 ply parchment guard
- Lentz, Gotoh, Rutters hardware
- Gotoh Traditional T bridge w/custom compensated saddles
- Upgraded potentiometers, poly caps
- G&G case