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1983 Fender Bowling Ball Telecaster - Red

Regular price $ 7,000.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 7,000.00 USD
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For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 1983 Fender Bowling Ball Telecaster in Red. 

This 1983 Fender Bowling Ball with never leave you in the gutter.

Fender only produced this finish, known as the bowling ball, in very limited numbers in 1983. 

We just acquired 3 Telecasters and 3 Stratocaster's. These are all New old stock, never sold and are in mint condition. Please inquire if you are interested in the entire set.


Here are excerpts from the Unique Guitar Blog about the Fender Bowling Ball Guitars... none of the guitars pictured below are available for sale by us.

A sample of a new guitar finish made it's way to Fender headquarters. This finish resembled tie dye clothing and the wild designs on bowling balls. It stood out like sculptured marble. Fender was very impressed and decided to do a limited run of 225 Stratocasters and 75 Telecasters.

The artist responsible for this finish was Darren Johansen.  He originally developed this finish for a drum set and then did a mock-up of a guitar. He sent a picture of the guitar to the folks at Fender and was surprised to get a response and an invitation to that years NAMM show.

Fender’s management was so impressed that they took him aside and asked that he not show his guitar to any other people at the show. On the spot, they agreed to finish 300 instruments with Johansen’s finish.

Fender gave all of these Strat and Tele bodies a coat of primer and then sent to Johansen for finishing. Fender decided to have three-color groups of 75 guitars produced using differing color patterns.

One group used blue as the dominant color with black and yellow streaks. Another group utilized red as the dominant color with black and white streaks.

Finally, the last group used yellow as the primary color with white and silver streaks. The painted bodies were sent back to Fender where they were sealed with polyurethane. Fender named this line Marble Strats, since the finished product were now reminiscent of the designs of little round glass marbles.

The unique factor of Bowling Ball Strats is that no two finishes are the same. Some Bowling Ball Strats have rather plain mixed color patterns and some are stunning. 

Serial Number: E32793

Condition: Mint


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