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1985 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Butterscotch Ash, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Fender Japan Tele was produced at the Fujigen factory in the golden age of Fender Japan production, boasting an early A-prefix serial number and a model rarely seen outside its country of origin. The tonewood complement includes a solid ash body, maple neck, and dark rosewood fretboard, and the guitar's natural acoustic tone is broad and authoritative, offering both warmth and muscle. The resulting tonal palette yields a bridge pickup that has ample twang and chime, channeling the midrange punch and sonic complexity of ash. The neck pickup has a smooth, open tone with warm lower mids and airy highs. The guitar weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped carve with particularly round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood with pearloid dot inlay and original slender frets. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, extending more faintly beneath the G string until fret 9, with virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the carved bone nut measures 1 5/8". The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo, as well as original Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly.

All of the original electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size Japanese pots which date to April of 1985, matching closely with the A-prefix serial number embossed on the four-bolt neck plate. All original hardware and plastic parts are present, and the bridge features a trio of steel barrel saddles with light patina on the bridge base. The finish is within the spectrum of Butterscotch, but distinctly more "mustard" in its tint and saturation than most, subtly transparent with the broad grain of the ash body peeking through. Cosmetic wear is limited to some requisite pick scuffing across the guard, a couple tiny nicks behind the bridge, minor marks central to the back, with some scuffs and nicks on the back body edge and perimeter. The neck profile retains its original smooth gloss finish.

The original faux leather form-fit gigbag is included.