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1989 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Natural Left-Handed, 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 rare left-handed 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 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 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a sliver of palm wear through the gloss on the fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius with original slender frets that show moderate wear, primarily beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, growing fainter and extending to fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1.675" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the H-prefix serial number just below it, as well as original Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly.

All of the original electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to August of '89. All original hardware and plastic parts are present, with a trio of steel barrel saddles, and uniform surface patina on the bridge base. The three-ply black pickguard accents the lightly ambered finish which bridges the gap between Natural and Butterscotch. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick wear across the strum path and some scattered marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the parameter, with one slightly larger ding on the back at the treble-side waist. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish with just a couple small marks on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 5.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.