Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-55 Natural Gloss 1989
Fender '72 Telecaster, natural gloss, made in Japan 1987-8. This one looks so good; it's got a real presence about it. These eighties era MIJ Teles are glorious creatures: exceptional build quality, beautiful wood, simple classic designs... what a time to be alive. This one has seen some stuff; check out that board! The body is covered with subtle checking lines and play wear; it's got a lot of stories to tell. The switch has been replaced with a four way, so you can run the pickups in series or parallel if you're into that; nice little textures to mess around with. The six saddle bridge makes for easy intonation too; it's a nice practical mod. The neck on this is a nice slim modern C type shape; it's well played in and feels magic in the hands. The black guard and bold logos really make the golden body and board pop visually; this looks great on the wall and will surely look even better on stage. Plugged in, this offers a warm and snappy take on the Tele twang; it's got a certain pluck to it that cuts through assertively but always sounds warm and inviting. It's been played and played for three decades plus now, seems a shame to break the tradition, right?
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1987-8 serial G020666)
Finish: natural gloss (NAT), 3-ply black guard
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: 4-way switch installed (series/parallel option on pickups), pots replaced, guard backed with shielding, bridge replaced with six saddle example.
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-Single' x2
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has marks on the end and bottom edge. The neck has significant wear on the board as pictured, as well some dimples and marks on the back; it's clean and smooth in the hands. The back has a a pair of chips on the edge in the elbow area, as well as widespread minor scuffs, scratches and dimples. The sides have minor scuffs, dimples and checking lines around the whole body; no major marks though. The front has some smudges in the finish around the outside edge near the jack, widespread checking, light scuffs and dimples around the body and play wear on the guard and horn. Overall: good condition (6.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets look recently dressed and are nice and even without pitting or buzz issues, but there's some height missing; 6/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.