Up for sale, a 1987 Fender Telecaster Custom '72 vintage reissue model TC72-60 in perfect working order. Manufactured in Japan at the famed Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, this Tele is a true rarity outside its country of origin. The factory CTC-55M model stamp is present in the neck pocket (translating to Current Telecaster Custom, with abbreviations for cost in yen and "M" for maple fingerboard) yet the model was advertised as the TC72-60 in the '87 catalog.
This Tele is a faithful and very well-crafted reissue, embodying everything that makes the Telecaster Custom model so versatile and fun to play. A very early example, this "Made in Japan" instrument has sleek Black cosmetics, with a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and a traditional Tele single coil at the bridge.
This Tele has a broad tonal spectrum, offering thick, meaty humbucker tones in the neck position and chiming, twangy single coil snap at the bridge. Of course the middle position is truly a "best of both worlds" setting, and the two pickups balance well both in terms of output and their respective tonal attributes. Weighing 8lbs 15oz, this guitar has a pleasing, crisp acoustic tone with solid sustain that translates well through the pickups. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender rounded C shaped profile with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The gloss finished maple fretboard boasts a 7 1/4“ radius and the original slender vintage-style fretwire. There is uniform wear on frets 1-3, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 10, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The truss rod is optimally adjusted, the neck is straight, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The scale length is the traditional 25 1/2", and the nut measures just shy of 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The headstock face has an early E-prefix serial number, while the "Made in Japan" text is present just above the three-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work well, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and independent Volume and Tone controls for each pickup capped with witch hat knobs. The original full-size pots date to April of 1987. The large three-ply black pickguard shows some requisite scuffing in the pick path, and the chrome hardware has plenty of shine, including an upgraded six-saddle bridge. The gloss Black finish shows signs of honest use with finish scratches and various nicks across the body, with additional wear central to the back. The neck sports the original gloss finish with light wear through the gloss along the treble side edge as well as on the fretboard at the 2nd fret.
A gigbag is included.