Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Telecaster Thinline '70 vintage reissue electric guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with upgraded USA-made Van Zandt pickups and a hardshell case. Crafted in Japan, this is one of the rarer Tele models from Fender Japan featuring a semi-hollow mahogany body, with a feel and tonal characteristics that capture the spirit and sound of a genuine vintage example. Via the upgraded black bobbin Van Zandt pickup pair, there's plenty of the Tele's traditional bite, twang, and clarity on tap, as well as a warmth and smooth note attack thanks to the body wood and semi-hollow construction. This Tele will growl and cut like few can, while being extremely easy on the back at only 6lbs 12oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Thinline has been restrung with 11-48 strings and dialed in for optimal action and intonation.
The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with slight shoulders, measuring .799" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The slab maple fretboard has a vintage 7 1/4" radius, installed in the correct vintage fashion without a walnut "skunk stripe" on the neck, as the truss rod is installed from the top prior to the maple cap. The original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing virtually no wear with perfectly rounded crowns. Notes ring out clearly in all positions, and the neck is straight with an optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the original Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly, and the era-correct block Tele logo is present as well (minus the "Thinline" text which only appeared on later iterations).
All of the electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone controls and a four-way pickup selector switch governing the upgraded Van Zandt pickup pair. The neck pickup is RWRP, offering hum-cancelling operation when both pickups are engaged together, and the 4th setting on the switch engages both pickups in series for a particularly powerful sound. The white pearloid pickguard is a more recent replacement, offering easy access to the truss rod adjustment at the neck heel. The original bridge with steel saddles and an A-prefix serial embossed baseplate is intact, along with the knurled chrome barrel knobs and black switch tip. The deep brown transparent finish on the mahogany body is extremely well-kept, showing only a couple light finish scuffs and one tiny nick on the back. The neck profile is flawless.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.