Whitstable Guitars

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

2017 Fender Japan Traditional 70s Custom Telecaster & new hard case



The Fender Japan 70s Custom Telecaster is a lovely guitar and hugely popular. Whenever I list one, they always sell very quickly. They are a really versatile instrument.  A wide range humbucker at the neck and a vintage style single coil at the bridge plus a slim Maple neck and fretboard & LP style controls just ticks all the boxes. No wonder you see so many bands using them (Snow Patrol, Stones, etc etc)

This 2017 guitar came in in a bit of a sorry state considering it is only 4 years old. Everything was working perfectly and there was no visible fretwear & the neck was good and straight BUT.... the previous owner in Japan had, for whatever reason, decided to paint (yes, paint!)  the black 3 ply pickguard in white gloss paint! Not only that but he had made a really poor job of it! Also the guitar had a couple of dents on the lower back edge (photographed) and some paint missing around the lower strap button.

I have replaced the pickguard with a new one but I could only get a USA spec one. I think 2 holes had to be re drilled but otherwise, a perfect fit. I also had to repair the dents and these repairs are shown in the gallery. All are practically invisible & I am really pleased with the result

Here's some info and spec relating to this specific guitar...

Fender have been making guitars in Japan since the early 80's. Since that time they have developed a worldwide reputation for outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Faithfully recreating everything about the USA Fender designs that make them legendary, the Japanese versions are an amazing option for the pro who can't stretch to a USA built Elite or Pro series.

Classic Vintage Tones and Hardware:

The neck position humbucker and bridge single-coil pickup configuration means you get a powerful, yet twangy rockabilly sound. This guitar is at home in the hands of a country, rock or indie guitarist.

With vintage-style bridge and frets, as well as a natural finish, the look and feel of this Classic 70’s Tele is convincing and inspiring to players looking for that old-school vibe. With a black finish and maple neck, this gorgeous looking guitar wouldn't have looked out of place in the 70's.

High-Quality Japanese Build:

A 'Slim C' neck profile makes playing feel effortless and comfortable, and the ash body delivers a full-bodied sound. The legendary Japanese build quality and solid hardware make this a reliable workhorse which will go and go.


Body Finish: Polyester

Body Material: Ash

Body Shape: Telecaster®

Bridge Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Tele

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

Case/Gig Bag: None

Color: 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

Included Accessories: None

Middle Pickup:

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

Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges

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

Tuning Machines: Gotoh® Cast/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