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1980s Fender Telecaster Thinline Partscaster w/ Mahogany Body & USA Pickups, Surf Green, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1980s Fender Telecaster Thinline Partscaster in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with a Fender SKB molded hardshell case. Comprising a circa 1986 Fender Japan TL72 Telecaster neck and a Surf Green-finished mahogany body (also likely Japanese made and matching Fender spec), this guitar is loaded with a pair of USA-made Fender Custom Shop Texas Special black bobbin pickups.

The semi-hollow mahogany body ensures a distinctive sonic breadth and rich growl, with additional warmth and articulation via the neck's maple/rosewood tonewood combination. The Fender Texas Special pickup pair has black bobbin flatwork, cloth-covered leads and staggered alnico magnet construction, yielding plenty of traditional Tele bite and twang in the bridge position. The neck pickup has a woody cut and bell-like sparkle, and the Texas Special wind has additional output and midrange kick. Featherweight at 6lbs 8oz, this Tele has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius with pearloid dot inlay and slender frets that are notably clean with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the neck's original Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The era-correct block Tele logo is present as well, minus the "Thinline" text which only appeared on later iterations, with a small F-prefix serial beneath the text and "Made in Japan" above the four-bolt neck plate. As with most early Fender Japan '70s-style Teles, the neck has the "CTL" prefix model stamp on the heel, denoting "Current Telecaster" (given how close this Tele was in spec to current production in the 1980s).

All of the electronics function as intended, with the Fender Texas Special single coil pickups wired to a Japanese harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch with Master Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the flat-topped knurled knobs and bridge with steel barrel saddles. Plastics comprise the top hat switch tip and  white pearloid pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the custom color Surf Green finish is limited to just a few tiny dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, and one tiny spot of isolated finish darkening just beyond the Tone knob. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finisih.

A Fender SKB molded hardshell case is included.