Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Nashville Telecaster Foto Flame in near mint condition and in perfect working order with an upgraded USA Fender G&G tweed hardshell case. A rare Fender Japan model made in the famed Fujigen factory, this Nashville Tele features a faux flame veneer over a two-piece alder body. Stunningly well-kept and thoughtfully upgraded, the guitar has been outfitted with a trio of premium single coils, with Kent Armstrong SLV-10 lipsticks in the neck and middle positions, and a USA-made Rio Grande "Muy Grande" at the bridge. The lipsticks deliver a glassy, bell-like sound with both smoothness and articulate cut, while the Muy Grande boasts large alnico V magnet slugs, offering bold, round tonalities that retain that Tele twang with extra muscle. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, very akin to an early ‘60s Tele neck shape, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained rosewood slab, retaining the original flawless slender fretwire which plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines as well as the "Foto Flame" badge. The "Made in Japan" text and U-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
The electronics function as intended, with the upgraded trio of USA-made pickups governed by a five-way pickup selector switch. The control plate has been flipped for easier pinky swells, and the chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, including the original six-saddle bridge. The two-piece alder body is very ergonomic, boasting a belly carve and contoured top offering forearm relief on the lower bout, with notably rounded body edges for added comfort. The body is capped with a bookmatched Foto Flame veneer top, accented by a white pearloid pickguard. Incredibly well-kept over the past quarter century, the rich Cherry Sunburst gloss finish shows just a couple tiny finish scratches in the clear coat, and the ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
An older (1990s) genuine Fender G&G tweed hardshell case is included.