Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Telecaster ‘62 vintage reissue model TL62-65 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the second year of Fender Japan production, this rare model was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market as part of the "Japanese Vintage" (JV) line which only lasted from 1982-84. These extremely well-crafted instruments paralleled Fender USA’s reissue production at the Fullerton factory, utilizing the same pair of USA-made black bobbin single coils.
Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, and this Tele offers a resonant, lively acoustic platform with detailed midrange, notable breadth and clear note attack, qualities captured by the stock pair of USA-made single coil pickups. These pickups feature black fiber bobbins, cloth-covered leads, and a bridge pickup with both a copper baseplate and flat pole alnico magnet construction. With all the essential tonal ingredients in place, this Tele yields ample twang and chewy, detailed sparkle in the bridge position, with a broad, sweet neck pickup tone. Engaging both pickups on the three-way switch delivers authoritative percussive cut. This Telecaster weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is in great shape, with light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8. This Tele plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with consistent patina on their nickel plating. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated to 11-25-83.
All of the electronics function as intended; the USA-made pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints, cloth-covered leads, and full-size Japanese pots that date to September, 1983. The chrome-plated control plate and flat-top knurled knobs have plenty of shine, the “Pat. Pend” bridge base is embossed with the JV-prefix serial, and the saddles are threaded, in-line with vintage spec. The three-ply white pickguard has some requisite scuffing along the treble side of the strum path.
The gloss Blonde finish has just enough transparency to reveal the tight grain of the ash body, with cosmetic wear including a number of minor nicks on the body as a whole, most prominent along the lower bout perimeter. Additionally, there’s buckle rash on the back, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.
A Fender-branded molded SKB hardshell case is included.