Up for sale, a 1992 Fender Telecaster ‘72 vintage reissue model TL72-58 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This “Made in Japan” Telecaster hails from the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, intended for sale to the domestic Japanese market and uncommon outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include an ash body and a 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. This Tele weighs 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with particularly generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire only exhibits light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock has a '70s-style block logo, and the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and L-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the original full-size Japanese pots date to January, 1992. The hardware is all clean, including the chrome-plated flat-top knurled knobs, control plate, and “Pat. Pend” bridge base with steel barrel saddles. The one-ply white pickguard is a replacement (the original would have been black), and the switch tip rounds out the plastics.
The gloss Vintage Natural finish highlights the dynamic grain in the ash body, and cosmetic wear includes a number of dings along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, as well as some very faint buckle rash central to the back and a handful of light scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a couple shallow nicks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
An era-correct Japanese-made black tolex hardshell case is included.