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1986 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 Vintage Reissue TL62B Candy Apple Red w/ Tweed Case, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 vintage reissue model, honestly played and professionally setup, complete with a tweed hardshell case. Upgraded from stock, this Tele features a trio of brass saddles, a medium jumbo refret, and hand-carved bone nut. This "Made in Japan" Telecaster is a rare model, meant only for the Japanese domestic market, featuring a gloss Candy Apple Red finish with aged white binding on the top and back of the instrument for a classic Fender look. Officially model TL62B-650, this guitar is a very early Fujigen factory made model with an "A" prefix serial number stamped on the bridge plate. The guitar delivers chewy Tele twang and cut, with a shimmering snap in the bridge position and a smooth, round-sounding neck pickup with a bell-like chime. This alder-bodied Tele weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and slinky action.

The one-piece maple neck has lively flame figuring extending the length of the profile, and the slender C shape has moderate shoulder, fast-feeling with lightly rolled edges and just a hair more heft as you travel up the fingerboard. The profile measures .815” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark and thick cut boasting Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius, refretted with medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have tons of meat and crown, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, extending more faintly until fret 5. The guitar has a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, playing cleanly in all registers. The nut measures 1.670" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), upgraded with a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is pencil dated 9-16-86, and the pocket retains the original factory stamps. The "Made in Japan" text is present just above the Fender-embossed neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the original wiring harness features pots which date to 1986. The "Pat. Pending" bridge plate has the embossed A-prefix serial and a trio of upgraded brass saddles. An upgraded Fender USA three-ply mint green pickguard accents the custom color Candy Apple Red gloss, with some scuffing across the plastic. Cosmetic wear includes some finish scuffing in the clear coat of the gloss across the back, along with small nicks and dings on the lower bout on the back as well as on the body parameter and on top behind the bridge. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, highlighting the flame figuring in the wood.

A tweed hardshell case is included.