Fender Japan '72 Reissue Telecaster TL72-55 Butterscotch Blonde 1984-7
Fender '72 Tele, butterscotch, made in Japan 1984-7. This has a whole bunch of mojo, in a beaten-up kinda way. Butterscotch is one of those finishes that looks good fresh and clean, but looks a whole lot better with a few miles on the clock. If this was a case-queen that had been sitting under the bed for the last 3+ decades, it'd fetch a fair bit more cash, but... it wouldn't sound or play as well as it does. The neck is nicely played in and feels awesome; it's very slick and solid in the hands and resonates well. The ash body is peeking out below the finish; it adds a heap of bite and snap to the tone. The neck pickup tone is especially tasty: there's a thick, warm body balancing that snappy attack; meanwhile, the bridge pickup delivers all that classic twang we know and love. These 80s-era Fender Japan Teles are increasingly hard to get and well loved for good reason: they're exceptional players. This one will scratch the Tele-itch perfectly.
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1984-7 (serial E648080)
Finish: Butterscotch Blonde (BSB), white 3-ply guard
Body: sen ash
Weight: 3.7kg approx
Neck: maple, rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Mods: cracks repaired: this had some impact damage, as visible in the pics. Our local ninja luthier filled the cracks with glue and clamped the body, so it's all stable working well now. Aside from that, none.
Pickups: original Fender Japan TL-Single x 2
Case: vintage faux leather non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a big gash on the end of the headstock as pictured, as well as a few little nicks along the bottom edge of the headstock. The neck is pretty clean, just some very minor dings; nothing you can really feel. The back has a couple of large cracks that have been stabilised with glue as noted above, as well as some checking lines and some scuffs and dimples. The sides are okay, just some chips near the jack and on the top side in the waist area and top horn and some little marks on the bottom edge near the strap pin. The front has a couple of major chips on the edges: on the back edge near the strap pin and the shoulder area, visible in the pics. Aside from that, it's just some checking lines, mottling and scuffing and some play wear. Overall: fair condition (6/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have a little wear, plenty of life in them; 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.