Fender Japan Aerodyne Telecaster ATL-78 Black 2004
Fender Aerodyne Teleaster, crafted in Japan 2004. The Aero Tele is a model that a lot of people hanker for, but very few people have. The were only made for a few short years and never in especially large quantities, but they made quite an impression around the globe despite the short supply. The primary reason they're so desirable is obvious: holy smokes, it's gorgeous! The carved top, contrasting cream binding, matching headstock... it's really quite stunning. Aside from looking good, this has a lot to offer in the tone and feel departments too. The neck is slim in profile with medium 22 jumbo frets; it's easy on the hands and conducive to quick lead playing, combined with the lightweight ergonomic body, this is a dream in the hands. The P-90 style neck pickup sounds exceptional; it's thick and creamy through the midrange with a delightful crispy clear treble and a rhythmic attack. The bridge pickup adds a some classic-T slice and twang; together, they're a revelation. This one certainly hasn't been a 'case queen'; it has a few stories to tell; unusual for a fairly collectable item but appealing in a certain way. It's taken us a very long time to score one of these for a reasonable dollar, so if you like it, don't wait for the next one!
Model: Fender Aerodyne Telecaster
Made: Japan, circa 2004, (serial Q056269)
Finish: gloss black, cream binding
Body: basswood, carved top
Neck: maple, slim oval profile, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Weight: 3.2kg approx
Pickups: Fender Japan soapbar (neck), Fender Japan TL-current (bridge)
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a few little dents and marks on the end and edges of the headstock. The neck has a few minor marks and dents, nothing that inhibits play or is especially visually nasty. The back has some widespread light scratches and minor dings, the worst of them are in the body carve area. The sides have quite a lot of little chips and marks; the worst of them are near the input jack and opposite that on the shoulder area, but there's some on the horns and back side too. The front has a few marks, some dents on above the bridge, on the top horn and on the bottom side near the knobs, as well as some scratches from play. Overall: good condition (6.5/10).
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, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.