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1989 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Olympic White, Ash Body, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue in excellent 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 ash body finished in gloss Olympic White, paired with a one-piece maple neck. 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 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. On the 7 1/4" radius maple fretboard, the original slender frets are in great shape, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The gloss finish has also been removed from the fretboard, leaving silky smooth bare maple. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42mm (1.650") 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 control plate and knurled knobs have bright chrome plating, with a bit more patina on the bridge base, fitted with a trio of steel saddles. The gloss Olympic White finish has gracefully and uniformly aged, accented by a three-ply black pickguard. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small nicks on the body as a whole, largely on the back and body perimeter. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

A modern padded Fender-branded gigbag is included.