Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Telecaster ‘62 vintage reissue model TL62-75TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in custom color Ice Blue Metallic and complete with factory-installed Fender USA Texas Special pickups. This “Crafted in Japan” Telecaster was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, uncommon outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard. The Texas Special pickups feature all the hallmarks of vintage Tele pickup design, with a brass baseplate and staggered alnico poles on the bridge pickup, black fiber bobbins, and push-back cloth-covered leads. A pickup that has a bit more kick than a traditional Tele thanks with a slightly overwound design, the Texas Specials offer plenty of twang, snap, and snarl. The bridge pickup delivers chewy twang, and the neck has a bell-like fullness and percussive cut. This Telecaster weighs 7lbs 9oz, 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 well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is pristine, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the “Crafted in Japan” script text is present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints on the wiring harness and a three-way pickup selector switch. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, including the flat-topped knurled knobs, control plate, and “Pat. Pend” bridge base, which is embossed with the A-prefix serial number. The trio of saddles feature a vintage-style spiral (threaded) design. Plastics comprise the switch tip and the three-ply pale mint green pickguard.
The custom color Ice Blue Metallic finish exhibits subtle greening of the clear coat (yielding a shade not dissimilar to Sage Green Metallic), and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings along the perimeter, with one finish chip on the bass-side lower bout edge of the top. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate and highlights subtle birdseye figuring in the maple.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the hangtags.