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Now here is a really cool Fender Telecaster for sale! Made in 1989 in the famous FujiGen factory in Japan, this guitar has the Iconic look of a "Blackguard" Telecaster, Japan craftsmanship and and a fairly rare top loader bridge.


Despite its age this Tele comes in very nice played condition with a few small dings on the body and back of neck and surface wear here and there. The only part that has been replaced is the black pickguard (originally came with a thin white one). Inner cavities are untouched, there are no nasty modifications.


Lovely basswood body is resonant and not too heavy. C-shape maple neck is a pleasure to play and has nice rolled in fretboard edges and vintage frets with moderate wear. Original Gotoh tuners work well and have tension adjustment screws - so these will never get loose.


Fender Japan single-coil pickups are punchy and twangy and articulate, with a lot of warmth and depth in the neck position, plenty of sizzle in the bridge position and a very balanced middle position with both pickups engaged.


Top loader bridge is equipped with L-shape saddles and provide individual string height and intonation adjustments. Top Loader bridges like these were used briefly in the late 1960s and then resurrected by Fender Japan in the 1980s. Thanks to a leaner string angle at the saddles these bridge provide a slightly "slinkier" feel to the strings and allow for easier bending with thicker gauges.


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body clean, neck deep clean and full electronics check. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping provided as well.

Fender Telecaster - Japan - Top Loader - Butterscotch Blackguard (1989)

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Telecaster


    YEAR: 1989, Made in Japan, I-serial


    COLOUR: Butterscotch Blonde, gloss finish


    PICKGUARD: gloss 5-hole 3-ply black


    NECK: C-shape maple neck, gloss lacquer


    FRETBOARD: maple, 7,25-inch radius


    NUT WIDTH: 42.5 mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 21.2 mm, 12th fret - 23.4 mm


    FRETS: 21 vintage frets with moderate wear


    TUNERS: Gotoh Japan, nickel finish, tension adjustment


    BODY: basswood, original SS body routing


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,3 kg


    BRIDGE: Top loader design with 6 saddles, individual string height adjustment


    WEAR: body surface wear, small dings and scratches on the edges of the body and back of the neck


    PICKUPS: original Fender Japan alnico V single-coil set


    WIRING: original Fender Japan A250K pots, 3-way switch, ceramic tone capacitor


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.


    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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