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1990 Fender Telecaster Thinline TLAC-100 Spruce & Mahogany w/ Piezo, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster Thinline model TLAC-100 in excellent, 100% condition and in perfect working order. Part of a unique family of Fender instruments produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the famed Fujigen factory, this exceedingly rare Telecaster boasts semi-hollow body construction, a spruce top, mahogany body, active electronics, and the combination of a Stratocaster neck pickup paired with a piezo pickup underneath the bridge saddle. In many ways, this Tele is the forebearer of the Acoustasonic models.

The neck pickup offers traditional spank, with the warmth and breath of the spruce/mahogany tonewood pairing and semi-hollow construction. In contrast, the piezo is sparkling, percussive and plenty bright, and the center-detent Tone knob can temper the top end to taste. Featherweight at 6lbs 13oz, this Tele is dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .755" deep at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The dark 22 fret slab rosewood fretboard has pearl dot inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, playing easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock features a '70s-style block Tele logo with Gotoh tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The contoured four-bolt neck heel is embossed with the Fender name, and the "Made in Japan" text and K-prefix serial are present above the plate.

The electronics all function as intended, with a Master Volume knob, Tone knob for the neck pickup, and center detent Tone knob for the bridge position piezo pickup beneath the compensated saddle. The rosewood bridge sits flush with the spruce top, and the top is framed by ambered binding. On the back, the factory protective brown adhesive paper is still intact on the control cavity cover. The gloss finish shows some minor marks on the body as a whole, with a few dings on top behind the bridge, with one small chip through the gloss on the treble-side binding edge just south of the knobs.

A padded gigbag is included.