Fender '72 Tele Custom, crafted in Japan 2002-04, black on black. The Tele Custom is one of those models that has a certain instant swagger; it's effortlessly cool. This one sports an ash body and the classic maple board, so you get stacks of midrange growl and presence. The tone is great; the thickness and warmth of the neck humbucker perfectly balances the classic brightness and chime of the classic-Tele bridge pickup. Into a lightly overdriven amp, it's a perfect blend of cream and chilli. The 70s style slim neck is easy to get along with, it feels forgiving and comfortable and is instantly familiar. This is one of those guitars equally at home playing sweaty punk shows or black tie corporate showcases... it has that evergreen coolness.
Model: Fender '72 Reissue Telecaster Custom (TC72-70)
Made: Japan, 1999-02, (serial Q073690)
Finish: gloss black, 3-ply black guard
Neck: maple, one piece inc. board, slim oval profile
Weight: 3.6kg approx
Mods: strap pins replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan TN-humbucker (neck), Fender Japan TL-current (bridge)
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of little nicks on the end of the headstock. Neck is pretty clean. it feels nicely 'played in'. The back is free from major marks, just some very mild buckle rash scratches. The sides have a couple of minor marks: around from the knobs, near the jack, up from the rear strap pin, up from the bridge pickup and up from the pickup switch. The front has minor marks only, just a few dimples behind the bridge, a little dent on the edge up from the bridge pickup and some play wear on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in good shape with plenty of height, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s, tidy!