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2011 Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom Black w/ Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and all hangtags and case candy. This is a prime example of a now discontinued limited run Telecaster Custom, and the tonewood complement includes a solid ash body finished in gloss Black nitro lacquer paired with a one-piece maple neck. Weighing 8lbs 2oz, this Telecaster Custom is quite lightweight for this model and has plenty of natural punch, with the ash body providing a distinctive midrange complexity and note attack, and the maple fretboard further accentuating a glassy detailed treble response.

With a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and a American Vintage single coil coil at the bridge, this Tele has a very broad tonal spectrum, and the Wide Range pickup was recently reengineered by Fender to be more faithful to the original Seth Lover design, offering a clear, muscly tone with surprising top end clarity and percussive cut. The bridge pickup dishes out plenty of traditional twang and chewy snap, pairing very well with the humbucker in the middle position. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The gloss-finished maple fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius and boasts the original slender vintage-spec fretwire that shows virtually no wear, playing cleanly in all registers. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the Fender “F” stamped tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel is stamped May 26, 2011, with additional factory stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket.

All of the electronics function as intended, with each pickup wired to independent Volume and Tone knobs, in addition to a three-way toggle pickup selector. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean, and the plastics are well-kept, save for some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard.

The gloss Black nitrocellulose lacquer finish allows the ash body to breathe and resonate in a more substantial way than the poly finishes used by Fender in 1972. There is a very faint speckling in the clear coat on the top and back (virtually impossible to photograph, indicative of a lacquer finish that very faintly reacted to the lining of its hardshell case), and wear is otherwise limited to one spot of wear through the gloss on the top lower bout body edge and a few additional small finish chips and marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and deeply ambered, with palm wear through the gloss on the fretboard edges.

The original black tolex G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with all factory paperwork, hangtags, bridge cover, cable, and six-saddle bridge.