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1989 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Black, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue in 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 features a solid basswood body finished in gloss Black, paired with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. The guitar's natural acoustic tone is balanced and lively, qualities which translate well through the pickup pair. The resulting tonal palette includes a bridge pickup that has ample twang and chime, while the neck pickup has a smooth, open tone with warm lower mids and airy highs. The guitar weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. On the extremely dark rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are incredibly clean, with well-rounded crowns and just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42.5mm (1.675") in width. The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the F-prefix serial number just below it, as well as original Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly. The "Made in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt "F" neck plate.

All of the original electronics function as intended, and the stock full-size Japanese pots date to May of 1989. The bridge features a trio of steel saddles, with just a hint of patina on the bridge base and bright chrome on the control plate and knurled knobs. The gloss Black finish is accented by a three-ply black pickguard, and the guitar exhibits honest playwear including a large finish chip by the forward strap button, various dings and scuffs across the body, particularly on the back and the lower bout on top, and prominent pick wear across the strum path. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile has just a few tiny marks that aren’t distracting to the palm while fretting.

A gigbag is included.