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1990 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-500 Black w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue model TL72-500, upgraded with USA Fender pickups and in perfect working order. This early Fender Japan Tele was produced at the Fujigen factory, rarely seen outside its country of origin. With a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, the guitar's natural acoustic tone is clear and balanced, the perfect platform for the upgraded Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster pickups. These pickups feature black fiber bobbins and cloth-covered leads, with a flat pole bridge pickup and traditional brass baseplate ensuring ideal kick and chewy twang. Pairing the two single coils together yields exquisite percussive cut and chime, and the neck pickup has a smooth, open tone with warm lower mids and airy highs. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 9-42 strings (string gauge and action can be set to buyer's preference).

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 .900" 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 1.670" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the J-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.

The electronics function as intended, with the upgraded pickup pair wired to the original harness with full-size pots. Original hardware includes the bridge with trio of steel barrel saddles, as well as the chrome-plated control plate and knurled knobs. The gloss Black finish shows honest playwear with pick scuffing across the strum path, extending beyond both edges of the pickguard, a few prominent finish scratches and small dings on the back, and similar additional wear on top behind the bridge. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with some palm wear on the fretboard edges and just a few microscopic marks central to the carve on the profile length.

A Fender-branded gigbag is included.