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2011 Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom Sunburst Ash, Near Mint w/ Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and all hangtags. 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 Sunburst nitro lacquer paired with a one-piece maple neck. Weighing 8lbs 12oz, this Telecaster Custom 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 round medium C profile carve with a bit of heft and lightly rolled fretboard edges, 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 6230 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.

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 positively gleaming, and the plastics are near mint, showing just a few light pick scuffs on the treble side of the guard. The gloss Sunburst 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, and the guitar has been exceedingly well-kept since new, showing only a couple extremely faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back.

The original black tolex G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with all factory paperwork, hangtags, and an unopened Fender polish cloth.