Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

1986 Fender Japan TL52-70 SPL Telecaster  Butterscotch Blonde & new Hard Case




The Fender TL50-72 SPL features in Fender Japan's 1986 catalogue. Built at Fujigen during what is believed by most to be their best era, this 1986 guitar is in really good condition for its age. Later Telecaster Specials have Ash bodies but to me the grain is wrong on this guitar and is more like Alder. It is also too heavy to be Ash IMO. It tips the scales at just over 5kg so not for the faint hearted!

 It has a humbucker at the neck and a vintage style single coil pickup at the bridge plus a six point modern bridge but a 7.25" radius fretboard. The chrome has pitted in places and there are marks around the body together with fade marks on the back where I expect stickers have been applied.  No it's not pristine but it has bags of character & has a desirable "E" series serial number from 1986 It also features the 50's Logo on the headstock. It has been  used but the frets are still good with no indents & the guitar looks to be all original with no modifications.  I'm not saying that it's rare but of all the hundreds (maybe thousands) of guitars I trawl through in Japan it's the first one of these I have seen from the 80s.



Manufacturer: Fender Japan

Design: Telecaster

Body: Alder (believed)

Neck: Maple

Neck Construction: Bolt-on

Neck Profile: Modern 'C'

Fretboard: Maple

Scale in mm: 648

Fretboard Radius in inches: 7.25

Number of Frets: 21

Fret Format: Vintage

Fretboard Inlays: Dot

Nut type: Bone

Nut width in mm: 41

Pickup: SH

Weight: 3.29kg

Manufacturer pickups: Fender

Neck Pickup: Fender Japan Humbucker

Bridge Pickup: Vintage-Style Single Coil

Switch: 3-Way

Control: Vol, Tone

Bridge: 3-Saddle String-Thru-Body Tele

Tuners: Vintage-Style

Country of Origin: Japan

Finish: High-Gloss

Colour: Vintage Natural.

Number of Strings: 6

Case included: Thomann Black rectangular hard case 

As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a plain black one. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer (extra £12). If you prefer that, please email me for details. If you are collecting, I'm happy to knock off the price of the case (About £30) & I may even have an old gig bag you can have to take it away in

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

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