Up for sale, a circa 1986 Fender Rosewood Telecaster model TL69-98 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order. Complete with a hardshell case and upgraded with Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups and a premium wiring harness, this guitar is an exacting reissue of the rare Telecaster made famous by George Harrison in the waning days of the Beatles. Produced in the golden age of "Made in Japan" production at the Fujigen factory, this Telecaster was advertised as a '69 reissue, yet the instrument has the chambered body construction associated with 1971-72 Rosewood Telecasters.
The acoustic response is lively, detailed and warm, and at 9lbs 6oz there’s plenty of natural sustain, qualities faithfully captured by the upgraded pair of single coil pickups. The Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups deliver a vintage Telecaster tonal profile, featuring black fiber bobbins and cloth-covered leads, yielding a woody, percussive cut in the neck position and quintessential Tele twang and sparkle at the bridge. This Telecaster benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece rosewood (with maple skunk stripe) neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The gloss-finished fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is practically perfect, playing 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 Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly, and the “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate. Matching model stamps are present in the neck pocket and on the heel.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups wired to an upgraded Emerson harness (full-size Emerson pots and an Emerson paper-in-oil tone cap). Controls include a three-way pickup selector switch plus Master Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes the A-prefix serial-embossed bridge base, and the bridge features six individual saddles for optimal intonation. The original “ashtray” bridge cover, dome-topped knurled knobs and control plate are positively gleaming, and the three-ply black pickguard has some requisite scuffing along the strum path.
The gloss finish highlights the dynamic grain of the rosewood body, and the instrument is exceedingly clean, with cosmetic wear limited to just a scant few tiny marks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
A Guardian-brand black tolex hardshell case is included.