Up for sale, a 1995 Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline model TN72-85 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early Fender Japan iteration of the Thinline model was made at the famed Fujigen factory, produced in the golden age of "Made in Japan" Fender production. The guitar boasts a Wide Range humbucker design more tonally faithful to the original than later Fender reissues, and these pickups are fat and full sounding while still having a distinctive top end character. The ash body provides a certain midrange punch, and the semi-hollow construction adds an inherent warmth and sweetness to the sound. Lightweight at only 7lbs 4oz, we've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and a few spots of faint palm wear through the gloss on the fretboard edges, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The original slender frets retain their full factory height, with decent grooves beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5, with wear growing progressively lighter until fret 10. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"), and the headstock features Kluson-style tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial number is present above the three-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints. The chrome hardware is bright and clean on the embossed pickup covers and bridge base, with light surface patina on the block saddles and flat-topped knurled knobs. Plastics include the white pearloid pickguard which has great dimension and sparingly little aging. The Natural gloss finish shows a spot of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, with some dings on the body, largely clustered along the lower bout body edge, and some minor marks behind the bridge on top as well. There are a few shallow finish scratches on the neck profile, mostly on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 9.
A gigbag is included.