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1988 Fender Telecaster TLG80-55 Electric Guitar Black w/ Gold Hardware, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster model TLG80-55 in perfect working order, 100% original save for a professional refret. This early Fender Japan Tele was produced at the Fujigen factory, and this model is a rarely seen iteration even within Japan, marketed in the Fender catalog as model TLG80-55. The guitar boasts upscale cosmetics with a Black gloss finish on the body, neck, and headstock, topped off with all gold hardware. With a basswood body and maple neck, the resulting tonal palette offers a bridge pickup that has ample twang and chime, balancing the attack and snappiness of maple with the smooth, even sound of basswood. The guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay, professionally refretted with slender, vintage-spec fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The matching Black headstock features two gold string trees and a set of gold Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. There's also a bit of chipping in the clear coat of the gloss on the headstock tip, along with some equally minor lifting of the clear coat adjacent to the tuner bushings.

All of the electronics work as intended and all of the original gold hardware and plastic parts are present. There is uniform patina on the gold hardware, yet the majority of the plating is intact on the bridge, control plate, and domed '50s-style knobs. There is pick scuffing across the three-ply black pickguard, and cosmetic wear on the body includes some finish chips on the body parameter, particularly on the treble side body edge adjacent to the input jack. Some dings on the lower bout on top and also across the back round out the superficial wear, consistent with decades of honest use. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish, showing just a few shallow marks, mostly clustered behind frets 2-5.

This Tele is a rare and early example from Fender Japan’s most celebrated and collectable era of production.

A gigbag is included.