Up for sale, a 1986 Squier by Fender Telecaster model CTL-30 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This early “Made in Japan” Tele was built at the venerable Fujigen factory, rarely seen outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, and the guitar has a bright, smooth natural acoustic quality faithfully captured by the stock pickup complement. The TL-Single single coil pickups deliver plenty of classic Tele cut and sparkle, with chewy twang in the bridge position and a rounder, bell-like sound at the neck that retains excellent articulation. This guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and inviting, well-rounded shoulders, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 7 1/4” radius, with original slender fretwire that has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, exhibiting moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The headstock has a “Squier by Fender” logo and an E-prefix serial number, and the small circular price sticker (in yen) on the back of the headstock is intact. The neck heel is pencil dated 7-7-86, and the CTL-30 model stamp is also present on the neck heel.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the stock pickups wired to an upgraded harness featuring USA-made 250k CTS pots. Controls include a three-way pickup selector and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The control plate and dome-top knurled knobs are replacements with bright chrome plating, and the original modern-style (for 1986) six-saddle bridge shows light surface patina. The original one-ply black pickguard is intact, with some light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a number of small dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, with light wear at the waist on the back, shy of “buckle rash." The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile highlights subtle figuring in the maple, with a few minor marks on the profile length.
A gigbag is included.