Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Telecaster Deluxe Order Made one-off in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Rare as they come, this Telecaster was produced in the "Crafted in Japan" era of production, a time where Order Made custom instruments were virtually unseen. A true unicorn in more ways than one, this Tele features a Gunmetal Blue custom color finish, small late '60s-style Telecaster headstock shape, and a Strat-style vibrato unit.
The guitar boasts a pair of Fender's Wide Range humbuckers, more tonally faithful to the original than many other Fender reissues, and these pickups are fat and full-sounding while still having a distinctive top end character. The solid ash body provides a certain midrange punch and authority, and the guitar weighs 9lbs. 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 U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the slender vintage-spec fretwire is flawless. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock features the block Telecaster logo first seen in the late '60s, along with a set of Kluson-style tuning machines. The Q-prefix serial number and "Crafted in Japan" text is just north of the four-bolt F neck plate. The neck pocket and heel have matching Order Made numbers (stamped in the pocket, inked on the heel), and the pocket also reveals the prominent grain of the ash body.
All of the electronics work as intended, with Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the Wide Range humbucker pair. The most unusual feature of this Tele is the original Strat-style vibrato unit which actuates easily with a smooth response. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, including the Fender-embossed Wide Range humbucker covers, and all original plastics are intact, with some pick scuffing across the three-ply black pickguard. The custom color Gunmetal Blue finish has subtle metalflake, and cosmetic wear is limited to one small finish chip on the back lower bout body edge, and only a couple additional faint finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.