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2006 Fender Telecaster Thinline Special TN-SPL Sunburst w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Telecaster Thinline model TN-SPL in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Easily one of the most unique and most versatile wholly original Telecaster models to be produced by Fender Japan in sparingly small quantities (and offered for sale only to the Japanese domestic market), this discontinued model boasts a delightful array of pickups.

Combining a traditional Tele control plate and smaller pickguard with the semi-hollow ash body of the Thinline model, this TN-SPL model is loaded with a pair of factory-installed USA Fender Custom Shop Texas Special single coils as well as a Fender Dragster full-size humbucker in the neck position. Outfitted with a five-way pickup selector switch to take full advantage of the pickup complement, the TN-SPL can be twangy and sparkling, honky and round, or thick and growly with the flip of a switch. The uniquely placed middle pickup pairs perfectly with the humbucker for added clarity or with the hot bridge pickup to create an ideal rhythm guitar tone. Featherweight at 6lbs 4oz, the guitar also takes full advantage of the complex midrange character of the ash body, with the more airy sound attributed to its semi-hollow construction. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Tele with fresh 10-46 strings and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The maple fretboard retains the original flawless medium jumbo fretwire with plenty of meat and well rounded crowns. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains a classic Pre-CBS-style Tele logo and Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the pair of Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups and Dragster humbucker governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome plating is gleaming on the control plate and knurled knobs, with steel barrel saddles and only light surface patina on the bridge base. The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish exhibits some finish scratches and dings on the back, with similar wear extending to the black of the Sunburst on the lower bout edge on top. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss finish with just a few shallow marks that aren't distracting to the palm.