(SOLD) Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-53 US Blonde 1998
Fender Tele, blonde, crafted in Japan 1998. This sleek creature weighs in at 3.2kg, which is delightfully lightweight for a Tele. The neck is a slim, comfy round shape, and with the simple vintage hardware and electronics, this has an unassuming charm to it in the hands. The finish is called 'US Blonde': more white than a butterscotch, slightly transparent, not as stark as olympic white, and in an ironic twist given the name, exclusive to Japan. It looks awesome, and all the more so paired with the CBS-era blocky black logos and maple board. The tone is bright and open, with a well balanced spread and a sweetness on the top end. You can't go too wrong here, it works a treat.
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-53)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 1997-00 (serial O050218)
Finish: US blonde, black 3-ply guard
Neck: 1-piece maple inc maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius, vintage slim U shape
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-current' single coils
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and some scuffs on the bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some minor chips on the edge in the elbow area, dents near the ferrules, dimples in the bottom corner and widespread light scuffs around the body. The sides have minor dimples on both horns and a decent dose of chips, dents and dimples on the elbow area and near the jack. The front has some dents on the bottom and back edge up to the elbow area, dimples up from the pickups and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have some normal wear, plenty of height in them left and they're fairly even; 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.