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1988 Fender Telecaster '62 Vintage Reissue TL62-65 Charcoal Burst, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Telecaster '62 vintage reissue model TL62-65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Charcoal Burst gloss finish. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory, this Fender Japan exclusive model is particularly rare, with dark streaking in the transparent butterscotch gloss finish highlighting the grain of the American Basswood body. The toasted appearance of this finish was officially christened Charcoal Burst by Fender Japan.

Loaded with the original single coil pair, this Tele dishes out a twangy yet bold and smooth bridge pickup sound, and the flat-pole pickup has the punch and percussive cut associated with the very first Telecasters/Broadcasters. The neck pickup is round and bell-like, still plenty bright and great for chiming chords or silky lead lines. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The thick, dark rosewood slab fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, with original slender fretwire. The frets are perfect, leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime with good meat remaining. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and function as intended. The neck heel and pocket retain the original matching TL62-65 model markings, and the heel is pencil dated 7-24-88. The "Made in Japan" text and E-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt F neck plate.

The electronics function as intended, with full-size pots that date to June of 1988 and untouched solder joints. The plating on the chrome hardware is gleaming on the control plate and flat-topped knurled knobs, while the bridge features a trio of steel barrel saddles, showing just a touch of patina on the bridge base. Cosmetic wear on the Charcoal Burst gloss finish is limited to just a few extremely small nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, as well as prominent pick scuffing across the three-ply pickguard. The gloss finish on the profile is smooth and clean, with just a couple shallow marks on the treble-side shoulder behind frets 5-7.

This rare and early Fujigen-made Telecaster model was only very briefly offered by Fender Japan, never sold outside its country of origin. 100% original and professionally setup, this Tele is an excellent example of the renowned quality of Fender Japan.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.