Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-55 Butterscotch Blonde 1986
Fender '72 Tele, made in Japan 1985-7, butterscotch blonde. This is a lovely Tele! These 'E serial' guitars were made within a year or two of the famed and hyper-collectable JV serial examples that kicked off the Fender Japan project with a bang. As with these early Fujigen made Teles, the workmanship is absolutely spot on. The neck feels gorgeous; it's a superb piece of maple, arrow straight and tightly grained and carved to a friendly 70s style modern C. The body has some beautiful streaky grain peeping through the butterscotch finish; it's loud unplugged and naturally resonant and looks a treat. Plugged in, the bridge pickup delivers a mountain of twang and brightness, while the neck pickup has that classic plonky chime; the middle position is particularly satisfying. Teles this good looking never sit around for long, so don't dither if you have room at your place for it.
Model: Fender '72 Reissue Telecaster (TL72-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1985-7 (serial E648371)
Finish: butterscotch blonde (BSB), black 3-ply guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple w/ maple board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Fender Japan TL-Single x 2
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the bottom edge. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some light scuffs and small dimples but no major marks. The sides are also pretty clean, no major marks. The front has no major marks, just a couple of dimples in the elbow area and light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.