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1989 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-500 Butterscotch Ash, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue model TL72-500 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early Fender Japan Tele was produced at the Fujigen factory in the golden age of Fender Japan production, rarely seen outside its country of origin. The guitar boasts classic blackguard cosmetics and tonewoods, with a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck, and the guitar's natural acoustic tone is broad and authoritative, offering both warmth and muscle. The resulting tonal palette yields a bridge pickup that has ample twang and chime, balancing the attack and snappiness of maple with the midrange punch and sonic complexity of ash. The neck pickup has a smooth, open tone with warm lower mids and airy highs. 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 medium C profile carve with round shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The original slender frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7, and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1 5/8". The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the I-prefix serial number just below it, as well as original Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly.

All of the original electronics function as intended, and all original hardware and plastic parts are present. The bridge features a trio of steel barrel saddles, and the "Made in Japan" text is present right above the four-bolt "F" neck plate. There is light patina on the bridge base and an even fainter speckling on the chrome control plate and knurled knobs. The rich gloss Butterscotch finish is very well-kept, accented by the original three-ply black pickguard which shows prominent pick scuffing across the strum path, while wear on the body is limited to one finish chip adjacent to the input jack, a few additional minor marks on the body parameter, and a few faint finish scratches on the back. The neck profile also retains its original smooth lightly ambered gloss.