Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Telecaster ‘71 vintage reissue model TL71-60 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Lake Placid Blue finish. This “Crafted in Japan” Tele was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, uncommon outside of its country of origin.
Tonewoods include an ash body and a one-piece lightly figured flame maple neck, yielding a natural tone with midrange authority, clear note attack and percussive cut, qualities which translate well through the pickup pair. The Fender Japan TL-Current single coil pickups deliver sparkle and cutting twang in the bridge position, with a smooth, bell-like neck position sound. This Tele weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the slender fretwire retains its full factory height, exhibiting wear only beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-12 that becomes progressively lighter approaching the octave. 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 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock has an era-accurate block logo, and the F tuners function reliably. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt "F" neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the single coil pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The chrome plating on the flat-topped knurled knobs and control plate shine like new, and the “Pat. Pend” bridge and steel barrel saddles round out the hardware. Plastics comprise the top hat switch tip and the three-ply white pickguard.
The custom color finish is abbreviated "OLB" in the Fender Japan catalog for "Old Lake Placid Blue," representing an icier and more vintage-correct shade of this classic Fender finish than previous Fender Japan offerings. Cosmetic wear is limited to some very light buckle rash on the back, and just a handful of faint scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The finish on the neck has a smooth semi-gloss feel, highlighting subtle flame figuring along the profile length.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.