Up for sale, a 1984 Fender Telecaster Custom ‘72 vintage reissue model TC72-60 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Produced in the third year of Fender Japan production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series model was crafted at the Fujigen factory at the very tail end of the highly regarded (and equally highly collectable) JV era, rare outside its country of origin.
A very early example, this "Made in Japan" Telecaster Custom features an ash body and a one-piece maple neck, with a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and a traditional Tele single coil at the bridge. This Tele has a broad tonal spectrum, offering thick, meaty humbucker tones in the neck position and chiming, twangy single coil snap at the bridge. Of course the middle position is truly a "best of both worlds" setting, and the two pickups balance well both in terms of output and their respective tonal attributes. Weighing 7lbs 8oz, this guitar has a crisp, immediate acoustic tone with good sustain that translates well through the pickups. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the fretwire is practically perfect, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a block logo, bullet truss rod nut, and Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the three-bolt neck plate, which is embossed with the JV-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and independent Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The original full-size Japanese pots have untouched solder joints, dating between August, 1983 and February, 1984. Plastics include the large three-ply black pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs, and the chrome hardware has a consistent dusting of surface patina, including the “Pat. Pend” bridge base, neck pickup cover, and steel barrel saddles.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a handful of minor chips along the lower bout perimeter, light buckle worming on the back, and a number of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.