Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster model TLG80-60 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early Fender Japan Tele was produced at the Fujigen factory, and this model is a rarely seen iteration even within Japan, marketed in the Fender catalog as model TLG80-60. The guitar boasts upscale cosmetics with a Black gloss finish on the body, neck, and headstock, topped off with all gold hardware. With a basswood body and maple neck, the resulting tonal palette offers a bridge pickup that has ample twang and chime, balancing the attack and snappiness of maple with the smooth, even sound of basswood. 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-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The thick rosewood slab fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and original slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 42mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The matching Black headstock features two gold string trees and a set of gold Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and P-prefix serial are present on the headstock face.
All of the electronics work as intended with full-size pots that date to March of '93, and all of the original gold hardware and plastic parts are present. Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard, a couple minor nicks on top on the lower bout, and similarly restrained wear on the back with just a few dings and finish scratches. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
This Tele is a rare and early example from Fender Japan’s most celebrated and collectable era of production.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.