Up for sale, a 2013 Fender Custom Shop '72 Telecaster Custom near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA, hangtags, and case candy. A limited run (and long ago discontinued) Custom Shop iteration of the '72 Telecaster Custom platform with a nitro lacquer Olympic White gloss finish, this guitar features a lightweight ash body paired with a one-piece maple neck. Weighing only 7lbs 3oz, the ash body provides a distinctive midrange complexity and note attack, while the maple fretboard further accentuates a glassy detailed treble response.
With a "Hot" Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and a Twisted Tele 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 on the three-way switch. 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 what Fender describes as a "1969 U shape" neck profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, offering ideal heft and effortless playability, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The gloss-finished maple fretboard has a 9 1/2" modern radius and boasts the original 6105 fretwire which has plenty of meat and nigh flawless crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. 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, the bridge features a trio of steel saddles, and the plastics are near mint save for light pick scuffing across the pickguard. The gloss Olympic White 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 exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the nitro gloss on the back, and a couple lines of finish checking extending from the corners of the neck pocket.
The original black tolex G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the COA, and all factory paperwork, hangtags, and case candy.