Whitstable Guitars

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

1989-1990 Fender Japan CTL-50M Telecaster BSB 



A solid Ash body on this almost 30 year old Butterscotch Blonde guitar from Fender Japan.

This "J" series Fender Telecaster is in really good condition bearing in mind its age. it would appear to have been little used. It was pretty grubby when it came in & the chrome was quite tarnished. After a good clean it has come up very nicely. The guitar plays really well with very little wear to the frets.    I am assuming that CTL stands for contemporary telecaster as this is a copy of a USA 70's-80's Telecaster. Cosmetically it is very good. The only issues I can find are as follows.

A small ding on the inside of the lower horn. It's not very noticeable and is smooth to the touch.

The guitar has had stickers on the back which have been left there for some time. Upon removal, these have left marks. These are on the back and not that noticeable. In time these will fade. You can check both these in the gallery photos. I see a lot of guitars and in my opinion, this guitar is in really good condition for its age. It's a great looker & plays well too. One last interesting point is the small sticker on the back of the headstock with "50" on. That would have been the price when sold new in "000" of Yen. That's about £350


Manufacture: "J" series 1989-1990 Japan

Body: Solid Ash

Neck:  Maple with Maple Fretboard (bolt on)

Profile: Modern "C"

Weight: 4.06 kg 

Scale Length 25.5"

Width at nut 42mm

At 12th Fret 52mm

Pickups: Fender Japan Alnico Pickups

Hardwear: Chrome

Tuners: Enclosed GOTOH tuners

Bridge: Vintage 3 saddle ashtray style with chrome barrel saddles

3 way Switch

Master Tone & Master Volume

Pickguard: Black 3 ply

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 which is included in the price. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer. 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

So to sum up, a nicely aged guitar from Fender Japan. This model is very difficult to find here in the UK. 

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