Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-55 Natural Gloss 1986
Fender '72 Telecaster, natural gloss, made in Japan 1985-7. The last one of these we got lasted about a day in the shop, so hey, don’t expect this one to hang around long either. This is an ‘E serial’ example; it rolled off the line just a couple of short years after the very first Fender Japan ‘JV Serial’ guitars were made. As always with these mid 80s examples, this is built from some gorgeous wood. The body is a well preserved and beautifully grained piece of sen ash, all the better for a few decades of yellowing and mellowing. The neck... oh boy, it’s quite something. It’s an intricately flamed piece of maple, arrow straight and cut to an agreeable slim C, aged and played to perfection... perfect. Plugged in, you get heaps of clarity and brilliance matched by an understated, full warm midrange and a punchy bass. Heaps of twang, but without ever being brittle or nasty. This is a classy creature; classically stylish and full of charm.
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1988-9 serial E900828)
Finish: natural gloss (NAT), 3-ply mint green guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: guard replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-Single' x2
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear.Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a few dimples near the middle, aside from that it's just light scuffs. The sides have a few dimples on the top horn and elbow area and some light scuffs near the jack. The front has a few dimples along the top side of the body and some play wear, nothing nasty. 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 normal wear, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.