Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Aerodyne Telecaster model ATL70 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This uncommon Fender Japan offering, introduced in 2004, sports a bevy of unique features including a contoured top framed by cream binding, a matching headstock, and a P90 pickup in the neck position.
Tonewoods include a basswood body, a maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard, and this guitar has a smooth, balanced acoustic voice, faithfully captured by the stock pickup complement. The traditional Tele bridge pickup delivers plenty of twang and bite with a shimmering top end. The soapbar P-90 in the neck position has a midrange-forward bark, warm with plenty of growl and presence, and the two pickups blend notably well for a thick sound with great articulation. This Aerodyne weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect, benefitting from a level and crown in the guitar's lifetime. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal sustain and note clarity. On the matching headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and bridge with block saddles.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes an area of buckle rash central to the upper bout, a number of dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout and back, and some finish chipping on the back lower bout body edge. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile exhibits a few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
A padded gigbag is included.