Fender Telecaster, 50th anniversary edition, made in Japan 1994 in cream. This is one outrageous Tele! It was made in 1994 to commemorate 50 years of Fender, and it's based pretty closely on the '62 model Tele. That means you get the '62 stuff: slim neck, rosewood board, binding. Instead of the usual subtle cream binding, you get this in-your-face pearl binding, which sets off the cream perfectly! The formerly-shiny-now-aged gold hardware looks awesome too; it all adds up to a seriously unique looking T. Tone-wise, this really sparkles: there's heaps of definition and dynamics, it's incredibly tasty and very responsive. The slim neck is instantly familiar and satisfying, and it really doesn't take long to feel right at home. Some Teles are subtle and stylish; this one is more bold and beautiful!
Model: Fender Telecaster 50th Anniversary Special Edition
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1994 (serial T012458)
Finish: cream, aged pearl binding, white pearl 3-ply guard
Body: alder (not 100% confirmed)
Neck: maple, rosewood board, slim 60s shape
Mods: strap pins replaced. Machine heads replaced with Gotohs. Switch, pots and wiring all replaced, orange drop capacitor installed.
Pickups: original Fender USA TL Vintage
Cosmetic condition notes: minor cosmetic wear. The biggest mark is a chip near the input jack. Aside from that, there's some dings and scratches on the top and back of the body as picture as well as a minor ding on the headstock. The gold hardware has discoloured significantly, but everything works fine. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have a little wear and discolouration but are in good shape with plenty of life, 7/10. She's certainly something!