Whitstable Guitars

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

2002 Fender MIM '72 Custom Telecaster Black & new hard case



This 2002 Mexican Fender 72 Custom guitar came in as a part exchange. Ordinarily I would have just re-sold on Ebay but I liked the way it felt & played. It was suffering from some fret indents so I took it to my luthier Andy Crockett and he has carried out a complete fret dress taking out all the indents & the guitar now has lovely low action and just plays brilliantly.

Overall the guitar is in really good condition for almost 20 years old. There were a couple of cosmetic issues with it, some wear to the top edge which has gone through to the bare wood and a dent on the back of the neck. This dent has been filled & repaired it is smooth to the touch and cannot be felt when you are playing. Please check out the gallery photos to see this. The other area where the paint has worn away I have just left.

I have had many 72 Custom Teles from Japan and they have an Ash body and a Fender Japan pickup at the neck. This guitar has an Alder body and a Fender Wide Range humbucker at the neck. The guitar definitely sounds better and I prefer the neck humbucker on this guitar to the Humbucker on the Japanese model. It has a richer sound in my opinion

So this guitar is quite a bit cheaper than a Japanese model but it offers really good value and is set up & ready to go!


Body Finish: Polyester

Body Material: Alder

Body Shape: Telecaster®

Bridge Pickup: Fender Mexico Single-Coil Tele

Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles

Colour: Black

Configuration: SH

Control Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

Fingerboard Material: Maple

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)

Fret Size: Vintage-Style

Hardware Finish: Chrome

Neck Finish: Polyester

Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple

Neck Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking

Neck Plate: 3-Bolt "F" Stamped with Micro-Tilt™;

Neck Shape: "C" Shape

Number of Frets: 21

Nut Material: Synthetic Bone

Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: 3-Ply Black

Position Inlays: Black Dot

Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup

Tuning Machines: Fender "F" stamped sealed

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.


Or, you can buy easily and safely using the Paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping