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2004 Fender Telecaster '68 Vintage Reissue Walnut TL68-WAL/TX w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Telecaster ‘68 vintage reissue model TL68-TX/WAL in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare, non-catalog Fender Japan model only produced from 2002-04, this Tele has a genuine solid two-piece walnut body. Visually channelling the Rosewood Telecaster model of the late '60s, yet with its own sonic signature, this TL68-TX/WAL features USA-made Texas Special pickups, a six-saddles bridge, transition logo, and F-stamped tuning machines.

Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this Tele has an authoritative acoustic response with a woody, insistent midrange, ample bass register kick, and a treble detail that's both immediate and round. The Texas Special pickups feature all the hallmarks of vintage Tele pickup design, with a brass baseplate and staggered alnico poles on the bridge pickup, black fiber bobbins, and push-back cloth-covered leads. A pickup that has more midrange emphasis than a traditional Tele thanks to the overwound design, the Texas Specials offer plenty of twang, snap, and snarl in the bridge position. In contrast, the neck pickup has a bell-like fullness and percussive cut. This Telecaster has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and modest shoulders at the nut, filling out in the upper registers, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is immaculate. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock has a "transitional" Fender logo, and the F-stamped tuning machines turn smoothly. The “Crafted in Japan” text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel retains its model details and "Order Made" number designation.

All of the electronics function as intended, and the pickups are governed by a three-way selector toggle and Master Volume and Tone controls. The chrome-plated control plate and flat-topped knurled knobs shine like new, and the “Pat. Pend” bridge is a six-saddle design. The three-ply black pickguard exhibits some requisite scuffing along the strum path.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish is limited to a couple small dings on the back and just a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.