1986 Fender Telecaster ‘72 Vintage Reissue TL72-55 Butterscotch, Japan MIJ Fujigen

$ 1449.99

Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Telecaster ‘72 vintage reissue model TL72-55 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. This early “Made in Japan” Tele was crafted at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, uncommon outside of its country of origin.

Tonewoods include a sen ash body and one-piece maple neck, and this guitar has a bold natural acoustic sound with great treble response and midrange oomph, qualities faithfully captured by the stock pickup complement. The TL-Single pickups have a vintage wind and alnico magnet design, delivering chewy twang in the bridge position and a smooth, open tone with airy highs at the neck. This Tele weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius, and the slender fretwire is practically perfect, benefitting from a level and crown. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock has a ‘70s-style Telecaster block logo with the E-prefix serial number below it, and the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly. The High E string tuner housing has lost its back plate, and the gear is visible, but functions flawlessly. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the “F”-embossed four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size Japanese pots dating to September, 1986. Hardware includes the flat-topped knurled knobs and “Pat. Pend.” bridge base with a trio of steel saddles. The three-ply black pickguard has some light scuffing along the strum path.

The gloss Vintage Natural finish highlights the dynamic grain of the sen ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to two areas of impacted finish along the back body edge, on the bass-side upper bout, and on the lower bout adjacent to the rear strap button. Wear is otherwise limited to just a scant few tiny marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.