Fender Japan '74 Reissue Telecaster Deluxe TD74-LTD Black 2004-5
Fender Tele Deluxe, black, crafted in Japan 2004-5. This is one of those guitars that often gets talked about but is seldom seen. The Deluxe is the third point in the alternative-Tele triangle, alongside the Tele Custom and Tele Thinline; it's by far the rarest of the three as it was only a catalog model from around 1986-91. This one is a later model, part of a limited run produced around 2005. You get some cool features: a big 70s headstock with Schaller F-key tuners, maple board, ash body and a pair of Wide-Range style humbuckers with LP-esque electronics. The white-on-black tuxedo finish on this is supremely cool; it really balances upmarket suave with pirate swagger perfectly. It's an easy player: slim neck, moderately weighted, body contour in the back, springy and bright in the hands. The real magic happens when you plug it in: the humbuckers really sing. There's a sublime balance of clarity and punch; every pickup position sounds superb. This is the first one of these we've ever scored in several years, so don't hesitate too long if you like it as it might be a while before another one pops up.
Model: Fender '74 Reissue Telecaster Deluxe (TD74-LTD)
Made: Japan, 2005-6, (serial R048224)
Finish: gloss black, 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple w/ maple board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Fender Japan TN-humbucking x2
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Neck and headstock pretty clean. The back has a blacked out chip on the bottom edge near the jack, as well as some light scratches mostly around the outside and along the body carve. The sides are pretty clean, just a couple of minor marks from around from the knobs to the rear strap pin. The front is looking very tidy, just a couple of very minor marks behind the bridge, on the shoulder area and some play wear on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in good shape with plenty of height, 7.5/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.
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