Help identifying 88/89 MIJ Tele

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  1. samboshin

    samboshin TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys, I have recently purchased a 88/89 MIJ Fender telecaster.
    A search of the serial number shows
    Your guitar was made at the
    Fuji-gen Plant (for Fender Japan), Japan
    in 1988 - 1989
    Production Number: 27291

    But nothing as to the model/wood etc.
    I am lowkey worried that its a fake as I cant seem to find any similar models.
    I know that taking off the neck would be very revealing but I am not technically inclined to do so and because we are in covid19 lockdown at the moment- I cannot take it to a guitar tech as of this moment.

    Could any of you guys help me identify this tele?
    Nothing on Neck/baseplate, Grover tuners. The white sidedots have become recessed. Has had a refret, fretboard has been lightly sanded due to deep grooves. IMG-3494.jpg
     

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  2. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    It's a Japanese Standard Telecaster.

    It will be a basswood body.

    I don't know the model number, but it's not a fake.
     
  3. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Yep. Japanese standard. Your model is different to some you’ll see as it has a headstock truss rod nut, but it could be this is an export model so it may have a slightly different spec to the Japanese market one. This was certainly the case in the early-mid 90s when Japan exported Standard Teles to Europe, Australasia, etc that matched the spec of the Mexican standards available in the US.

    If you take the neck off, Fender Japan sometimes stamped both the neck heel and pocket with the model (TL-something). That will tell you for sure. You may find a model number that doesn’t appear in the 88 or 89 Fender Japan catalogues, but see above.
     
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    All my other basswood guitars have been surprisingly light but this tele felt very hefty and after weighing it- it weighed in at 8.3 pounds.. Which is why I was curious about the wood used.
    Thanks for your input- what a relief
     
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    Yeah the trussrod at the top was what threw me off. Ill take the neck off one day and find out I suppose..

    Thank you for the input :)
     
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  6. Fretting out

    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity

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    Gotoh tuners!

    The side dots on my 88 paisley are sunken in also

    I agree with what the others have said about it being a standard, it may even have a pencil date on the heel that can help you narrow down the exact time it was assembled
     
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    Not all basswood is light.
     
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    Is it going to get progressively worse? I dont mind it but the thought of having to pick dead skin/grime out of those holes one day is a bit gross haha
     
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    OP,

    One needn't be an engineer or "guitar tech" to remove your neck. You typically don't even need to remove the strings. Just loosen the strings, then grab a good-sized phillips screwdriver and have at it. Be careful to pull the neck straight up out of the pocket and not yank on it sideways.

    Take pix and post "em here as we all like this stuff - everyone learns. Remove any crud you find in the pocket, then reverse the procedure.

    When replacing, make sure the string alignment is still good before final tightening of the screws.
     
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    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don’t know, I’ve only had mine for 4 years or so but I haven’t noticed it getting any worse
     
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    The side dots on my 82 and 95 Strats are sunken in too, its quite common on Fujigen guitars.
     
  12. Matthias

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    +1. Best to take it to a tech if you’re nervous but it’s a fairly easy procedure and doesn’t really impact the set up as long as you replace any shims that are in there to angle the neck. I would also add when you put it back on, you want the screws snug but not over-tightened. Best to use a manual rather than electric screwdriver in that regard.
     
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    like poplar. Can range pretty drastically
     
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    This seems the same as the Squier Teles in the 1989 Fender Twang catalogue… Searching a few out online, they look to have had those Gotoh tuners. The lowest price export models were in some periods based on or had similar parts to the Japanese Squier models - after all, Fujigen Gakki also made Squiers in the 80s. So this may be the same basic spec as the Squier CTL-30 (not to be confused with the earlier model of the same code, which looks a little different). I have a ‘94 Tele that’s about the equivalent model for that year. It’s one of my favourite guitars!

    These 80s ones are quite highly valued now. They get listed for almost the same as a late 80s American Standard.
     
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    I featured an '89 MIJ Tele today as one of my "finds"

    lord knows why it went through a body repaint...but it seems to check out.
     
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