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1990 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 Vintage Reissue TL62B-650 Sunburst, Japan MIJ Fujigen

$1,799.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 vintage reissue in perfect working order with an upgraded Van Zandt black bobbin neck pickup and mint green three-ply pickguard. This "Made in Japan" Telecaster is a rare and early example produced at the Fujigen factory and meant only for the Japanese domestic market. Faithfully crafted to match Fender's golden age examples, this guitar features an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, ensuring a detailed and balanced natural acoustic tone. The gloss Sunburst finish is very vintage-correct in its saturation and tint, framed by aged white top and back binding, and Fender Japan even pencil dated the neck heels in the traditional fashion on these early Fujigen models.

Officially model TL62B-650, the guitar delivers classic Tele chewy twang and cut, with a shimmering snap in the bridge position and a smooth, round-sounding neck pickup with a bell-like chime. This Tele weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The dark rosewood slab fretboard has Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius, with practically perfect original slender fretwire that shows just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2 and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The guitar has a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, playing cleanly in all registers. The nut measures 42mm in width (just a hair under 1 11/16"), and on the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket retain their original factory stamps, and the heel is pencil dated 10-26-90. The "Made in Japan" text is also present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the original wiring harness features pots which date to September of 1990. The bridge pickup is original, while the neck pickup is an upgraded Van Zandt, wound to vintage spec with a black fiber bobbin and cloth-covered leads. The "Pat. Pending" bridge plate is fitted with steel barrel saddles, and the control plate and domed knurled knobs have gleaming chrome plating. An upgraded three-ply mint green pickguard rounds out the plastics.

The gloss Sunburst finish shows some dings on the lower bout in the black of the burst on top, and there is additional similar wear on the back, with one small finish chip on the back headstock edge. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss finish which shows only one shallow ding on the treble-side shoulder behind fret 11.

A padded gigbag is included.