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1994 Fender Telecaster '72 Vintage Reissue TL72 Natural w/ USA Pickup, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1994 Fender Telecaster '72 vintage reissue in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, upgraded with a USA-made Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder bridge pickup and six-saddle bridge. 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 Seymour Duncan bridge pickup delivers humbucker level punch and saturation in a true single coil package with powerful midrange that cuts through any mix without sounding bright or brash. A rhythm beast perfect for huge sounding chords and full, fat lead tones, this pickup utilizes hand-polished 1/4” diameter alnico V rod magnets. The stock neck pickup has a smooth, open tone with a sweet, bell-like quality and clear percussive cut. The guitar weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with round shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The original slender frets have their full factory height, showing moderate wear particularly beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, growing fainter and extending to fret 9. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1.670" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a '70s-style Telecaster block logo, as well as original Gotoh tuners that turn very smoothly, exhibiting surface patina on the tuner bushings. The "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, and the wiring harness has been modified with a Push/Pull Tone pot, delivering a darker and fatter sound with less treble zing when the pot is pulled. The chrome-plated bridge has been upgraded to a six-saddle design for optimal intonation, and the hardware is notably clean. The Natural gloss finish is accented by the original three-ply black pickguard which shows some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few minor nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, while the neck profile retains a smooth gloss.

A padded gigbag is included.