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1999 Fender Telecaster '71 Vintage Reissue TL71 Lake Placid Blue, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Telecaster '71 vintage reissue in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This "Crafted in Japan" Telecaster is a rare model, meant only for the Japanese domestic market, and features a Lake Placid Blue finish over an ash body, paired with a maple neck and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The pair of Fender's TL-Current single coils have plenty of twang and traditional single coil sparkle and cut, and the tonewoods yield the authority and midrange complexity of ash paired with the smooth warmth and articulation of the rosewood board. The guitar weighs 7lbs 8oz and has a snappy, full-sounding acoustic voice. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Tele is strung with 10-46 strings, dialed in for optimal action and intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a slender C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard boasts Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and the slender vintage-style fretwire shows decent grooves beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9, with fainter wear extending to the octave. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the stock electronics work as they should, and the chrome-plating on the hardware shows light patina on the saddles and bridge base, while the control plate and knurled knobs are exceptionally clean. The custom color finish falls in the Lake Placid family with a slight tinge of green in the clear coat. Cosmetic wear includes light pick scuffing across the white pickguard, two finish chips on the treble side lower bout edge, and a couple dings of note just beyond the string ferrules on the back with the one on the bass side being particularly deep. Beyond that there are only a few microscopic additional marks on the body as a whole, and the gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and nigh flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.