Up for sale, a 1985 Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline model TN72-75 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. First introduced in '84, this extremely early Fender Japan iteration of the Thinline model was made at the famed Fujigen factory, produced in the golden age of "Made in Japan" Fender production. The guitar boasts a Wide Range humbucker design more tonally faithful to the original than later Fender reissues, and these pickups are fat and full sounding while still having a distinctive top end character. The ash body provides a certain midrange punch, and the semi-hollow construction adds an inherent warmth and sweetness to the sound. Lightweight at only 7lbs 2oz, we've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has light flame figuring along the profile length with a slender C-shaped carve. The neck has a fast feel and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2, with wear growing fainter until fret 5. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features Kluson-style tuning machines and a small "75" sticker, noting the 75,000 price when sold new. The E-prefix serial number is present just below the block Tele logo, and the "Made in Japan" text is above the three-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints and original full-size pots which date to August of '85. The chrome hardware and plastic parts are extremely clean, with great dimension in the white pearl pickguard and just a touch of patina on the pickup covers and knobs. The gloss Natural finish highlights the dynamic grain patterns on the ash body, with cosmetic wear limited to just a few minor dings on the body as a whole.