Fender also produced a Telecaster bass in a pink paisley finish. Why they didn’t do a grandma chrysanthemum and leaf Tele?
The body was then lacquered. The pickguard Assembly was clear plastic so the finish could be seen throughout the guitar.
The effect appeared as if someone had taken a great deal of time to carefully hand paint each guitar. These guitars were only produced from 1968 through 1969. At the time sales were flat. Fender saw this as a marketing ploy gone badly.
When Fender opened its Mexican production plant in the 90's they stopped importing Fender guitars from other countries.
Paisley/Floral Teles and Stats were sold through non-approved channels through 2003. Since then FMIC purchases them through Japan for sale in the US using the Fender logo. The newer versions have eschewed the use of wallpaper and instead use preprinted clear plastic that is embedded with the paisley or floral design.
Brad Paisley and James Burton devotion to Paisley Telecasters have popularized these guitars. Brad Paisley now has his guitars handmade by a luthier named Bill Crooks.
These come in an electric verion and also an acoustic-electric version.