Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-55 Natural Gloss 1989
Fender '72 Telecaster, natural gloss, made in Japan 1988-9. This one glows, right? These 80s era MIJ Telecasters are beautifully built; this is no exception. The neck is a sweet piece of golden maple, subtly grained and perfectly straight and a joy in the hands; it's on the slimmer side but with a sensible round profile that's sure to please. The natural finish has yellowed beautifully with three decades on the clock; it's a rich caramel hue that really lets the grain of the ash tell it's many tales. It's in remarkable condition for it's age too; this has clearly been treated like a precious baby. The ash/maple combo offers plenty of tonal zing; this is bright and articulate but with a nice warm openness and complexity through the midrange. If you're a classic, classy, understated Tele that will give you the warm fuzzies, this one is very charming indeed.
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1988-9 serial H029457)
Finish: natural gloss (NAT), 3-ply black guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-Single' x2
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock and neck are pretty clean, no major marks. The back has no major marks, very tidy. The sides have a couple of dimples in the elbow area and on the bottom horn, otherwise it's pretty clean. The front has a few dimples down from the switch and up from the bridge, aside from that it's just minor scratches on the guard. 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 minor wear only, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.