Fender Japan '72 Reissue Telecaster TL72-58 Sunburst 2001
Fender '72 Tele, crafted in Japan 1999-02, sunburst. Oh boy, check out that flame! There's a little bit of mystery on this one: this model usually comes in blonde or black with a basswood body. This one is sporting the classic three tone sunburst, and the body appears to be a flamed piece of alder; it's a little hard to 100% confirm the species but that's the smartest estimate. It's a beautiful piece of timber; the burst finish lets the character shine through in a subtle but assertive fashion. It's likely that this was a customer order of some sort; a slight twist on the regular '72 Tele model. It adds up nicely in the hands: the slim round neck feels super sturdy, the body rings evenly and the whole experience is very reassuring. Tone-wise, the classic Tele-twang is there in spades, balanced by a breathy midrange and a round, warm bass. All-in-all, this is a saucy little Tele with a classic look that's very eager and able to please. Yes please.
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-53)
Made: Japan, 1999-02, Dyna plant (serial P057032)
Finish: 3-tone sunburst (3TS), black 3-ply guard
Body: alder (possibly basswood)
Neck: 1-piece maple inc maple board, oval type
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-current' single coils
Case: very basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor dimples on the end. The neck is pretty clean, no major marks. The back has a couple of minor chips on the bottom edge but is otherwise pretty clean. The sides are pretty clear, just a couple of light scuffs on the shoulder area and some minor dimples around from the jack. The front is also free of major marks, just some very small dimples on the shoulder and near the knobs and some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
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 11/49s.