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1988 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Black, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Telecaster ‘72 vintage reissue model TL72-55 in perfect working order, 100% original save for a professional refret and carved bone nut. The early Fender Japan Tele was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production, rarely seen outside its country of origin.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck. Acoustically, this guitar has a balanced and chiming sound, with the added treble detail of the maple neck; a quality faithfully translated by the stock pickup complement. The bridge pickup delivers ample chewy twang, while the neck has a smooth, open tone with a warm midrange and airy highs. This Tele weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with robust shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 7 1/4” radius, and the new slender fretwire is flawless, matching vintage spec with well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width. The headstock sports a block ‘70s-style Telecaster block logo with the E-prefix serial number below it, and the Gotoh “Fender Japan”-embossed tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with clean chrome plating. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt "F" neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated to July 7th, 1988.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size Japanese pots dating to April, 1986. Hardware includes the flat-topped knurled knobs and “Pat. Pend.” bridge base with a trio of steel saddles. The three-ply black pickguard has some light scuffing along the strum path. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a sizable chip on the treble-side lower edge adjacent to the input jack and a couple much smaller chips by the rear strap button. There are a handful of dings on the top at the lower bout, and a number of minor marks on the back of the body as well. The gloss finish on the maple neck highlights subtle flame figuring, and the neck exhibits some playwear through the gloss on the fretboard edges and some nicks on the profile length that don't impact playability.

A gigbag is included.