This Telecaster was part of a special run of guitars that Fender made starting in 1981 called the International Series. These guitars were available in seven custom colors of which Sahara Taupe is the scarcest. The International Series was primarily Stratocasters but they made a few Teles as well, most of this series used earlier necks which explains the '78 neck date on a guitar with a circa 1981 serial number (many early 1980s Fenders have necks with earlier dates as sales of both Strats and Teles were slow and parts weren't always used within a couple of years of when they were made).
This particular guitar is in good shape structurally and cosmetically. The maple fretboard still has its unworn lacquer finish and the frets are in good shape. The finish is in clean condition although it has some small scuffs here and there, plus one ding that goes through the finish on the top near the control panel. The neck pickup has been replaced with a Lollar Vintage but the original pickup is also included (in the case pocket). Includes a recent vintage tweed case.