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1993 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72-58 Butterscotch, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1993 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 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with defined shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius with original slender frets that show virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo with the O-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 with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to February of '93. All original hardware and plastic parts are present, with a trio of steel barrel saddles, and light surface patina on the bridge base. The three-ply black pickguard accents the lightly ambered finish which bridges the gap between Natural and Butterscotch. Cosmetically, there is requisite scuffing at the treble side of the pick path, with notable finish chips on the bass side lower bout edge on top and treble-side waist. Wear is otherwise limited to scattered marks, mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body and lower bout behind the bridge. The gloss neck profile is clean, with palm wear through the finish on the fretboard edges and just a few tiny shallow nicks that are not distracting to the palm.

A gigbag is included.