Shopping Cart


Your shopping bag is empty

Go to the shop

1998 Fender '70 Telecaster Thinline TL70-85 Non-Catalog Surf Green w/ Mahogany Body, G&G Case, Japan CIJ


+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Telecaster Thinline ‘70 vintage reissue model TN70-85 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with an upgraded G&G hardshell case and the original hangtags. Finished in custom color Surf Green, this “Crafted in Japan” Tele is one of the rarer offerings from Fender Japan and does not appear in the catalogs of the era, featuring a semi-hollow mahogany body and a maple neck.

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 10oz. This Tele has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The slab maple cap fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius with practically perfect slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the era-correct block Tele logo is present as well (minus the "Thinline" text which only appeared on later iterations). The “Crafted in Japan” script and O-prefix serial is present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the single coil pickups wound to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch with Master Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the flat-topped knurled knobs and six-saddle bridge, an option likely original to this non-catalog instrument, although atypical of this Tele model.. Plastics comprise the switch tip and the dimensional white pearloid pickguard. There’s barely a scratch on the custom color Surf Green finish, and just one tiny shallow nick central to the back. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

An upgraded Fender G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the factory hangtags.