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1985 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Black SQ-Serial, 100% Original, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Telecaster ‘72 vintage reissue model TL72-55 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Following in the footsteps of the venerable "JV" line that kicked off Fender Japan's vintage reissue run, this very early Fender Japan Telecaster has an SQ-prefix serial number, produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of "Made in Japan" production.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and a maple neck capped with a rosewood fretboard, and the guitar delivers plenty of treble cut and overarching tonal breadth, qualities faithfully captured by the stock pair of single coil pickups. The bridge pickup has ample twang and snappy sparkle, and the neck has a bell-like roundness which is warm yet retains a clear percussive edge. This Tele weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the back of the headstock retains the small blue “55” sticker, denoting the model tier and original price in Japan (¥55,000). The “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, which is embossed with the SQ-prefix serial. The neck heel and pocket retain the factory stamps, and the neck heel is pencil dated 1-29-85.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a three-way selector switch, Master Volume and Tone controls, and full-size Japanese pots that date to November, 1983. The chrome-plate control plate and flat-topped knurled knobs are quite clean, and the “Pat. Pend” bridge base has a light dusting of patina, with steel barrel saddles. The three-ply black pickguard exhibits some scuffing along the strum path.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to just a handful of minor dings on the back and along the lower bout perimeter. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate and highlights subtle figuring in the maple.

The original faux leather gigbag is included.