Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue model TL72-58 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 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 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-defined shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius and retains the stock slender frets which have well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42mm in width. The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the L-prefix serial number just below it, and the original Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The "Made in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt F-embossed neck plate.
All of the original electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to December of '91. All original hardware and plastic parts are present, with a trio of steel barrel saddles, and even surface patina on the bridge base, control plate, and neck plate. The three-ply black pickguard accents the lightly ambered Natural finish, with some requisite scuffing along the pick path. Cosmetic wear includes a few dings on the back central to the lower bout, some minor finish chipping on the treble-side body edge adjacent to the input jack, and a few pinhead-sized dings on the top behind the bridge. Additionally, a previous owner has etched their name (“Akiko”) into the back of the instrument. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth, with just a few tiny shallow marks imperceptible to the palm while fretting.
A faux leather gigbag is included.