Up for sale, a 2019 Fender Traditional 70s Telecaster Custom in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and an upgraded hardshell case. Manufactured in Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this rare Telecaster Custom iteration is an extremely well-crafted instrument with a gloss Black finish over a solid ash body.
A reinvention of Fender Japan's Telecaster platform, the new Traditional 70s model features USA-made CTS pots, Switchcraft switches, and USA Fender plastic parts. With a Wide Range humbucker in the neck position and a traditional Tele single coil at the bridge, this Tele has a very wide tonal spectrum, from thick, meaty humbucker tones in the neck position to chiming, twangy single coil tones at the bridge. Of course the middle position is truly a "best of both worlds setting," and the two pickups balance well both in terms of output and their respective tonal attributes. Weighing 8lbs 3oz, this guitar has a pleasing, crisp acoustic tone with a smooth, complex midrange character. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at our shop, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, and it's currently strung with 10-46 strings, offering slinky action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a modestly chunky U-shaped neck profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The gloss finished maple fretboard boasts slender, vintage-style fretwire that is virtually unplayed with perfectly rounded crowns. The guitar matches vintage Fender spec with a 25 1/2" scale length, 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and 1.650" nut width (just a hair over 1 5/8"). On the headstock, the original Gotoh-branded 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 switch. The plastic parts and chrome hardware are like new save for a few faint finish scuffs on the treble side of the pickguard. There's barely a scratch on the gloss Black finish, and the neck profile natural gloss finish is equally as clean.