Fender Japan '72 Telecaster TL72-53 Black 1998
Fender '72 Tele, black on black, crafted in Japan 1997-00. There's something classy about a black Tele, and with a maple board, the bold CBS era logos and a smattering of little dings and marks, this certainly has an assertive aesthetic. The neck is slim, round and easy to get along with; it feels very sturdy and resonant in the hands. The pickups deliver a tidy twang; there's a nice natural bass to balance the brightness and a certain touch sensitivity that's a lot of fun to work with. If you like your guitars 'played in' rather than perfect, this one will have your back. Plus,it only leaves the house wearing black, just like you right?
Model: Fender Telecaster '72 Reissue (TL72-53)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 1997-00 (serial O076873)
Finish: black, black 3-ply guard
Weight: 3.4kg approx
Neck: 1-piece maple inc maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickups: Fender Japan 'TL-current' single coils
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor chips and marks on the end. Neck is fairly clean, just some minor dimples and play wear around the edges of the board. The back has a widespread array of scratches, dimples and chips; there's nothing big or nasty but there's a lot of small marks. The sides have a few marks: top horn has some dimples, the shoulder has a handful of chips, scuffs and dings, the back edge has a pretty noticeable scuffed/chipped section above and below the rear strap pin, there's some chips and scuffs along the bottom edge past the jack and down the horn. The front is cleaner than the rest; although there's still a few chips around the top horn, near the bridge and on the bottom edge near the jack. There's some rub wear and scratches around the shoulder and horns as well as on the guard. 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 have some normal wear, plenty of height in them left and they're fairly even; 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.