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1983 Squier by Fender Telecaster '62 Vintage Reissue Butterscotch, 100% Original, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Squier by Fender Telecaster '62 vintage reissue model in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted very early in the second year of Fender Japan production, when quality between the Squier and Fender brands was virtually indistinguishable, this rare model was part of the "Japanese Vintage" (JV) line which only lasted from 1982-84.

Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and thick, dark rosewood slab fretboard, and the guitar delivers a complex, authoritative natural acoustic response. The alnico magnet pickup pair offers chewy twang and sparkling snap in the bridge position, with a sweet, percussive neck pickup that has a bell-like chime. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius with slender fretwire that retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock features the distinctive introductory Squier logo, with Telecaster text that matches the headstock contour. The neck heel is pencil dated 1-22-83, and the neck pocket retains its '83 dated factory shim. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with a JV-prefix serial number.

The electronics function as intended, with a traditional Tele control layout and full-size pots that date back to '82. The chrome plating on the hardware has plenty of shine on the control plate, domed knurled knobs, and bridge base (complete with brass saddles). The hardware shows light surface patina, save for the jack cup which shows more wear. The transparent Butterscotch gloss finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, and the guitar is remarkably well-kept. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few small finish chips where the forearm crosses the top, and a few additional small marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original faux leather form-fit brown gigbag is included.