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2002 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 Vintage Reissue Sunburst TL62-110BTX w/ Bigsby B5 & Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 vintage reissue model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, with a factory-installed Bigsby vibrato, original USA-made Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups, and an upgraded tweed hardshell case. Particularly lightweight at 8lbs 10oz given the hardware compliment, this Telecaster model was discontinued years ago. And unlike the more common iteration of this model with Japanese single coils, this is the much rarer upscale version with genuine Fender USA Custom Shop pickups (officially designated model TL62B-110BTX). Crafted in Japan, this particular model was reserved for the Japanese domestic market and not intended for export, thus a real rarity outside its country of origin. This model faithfully captures the look and feel of an instrument from 1962, with a three-tone Sunburst gloss finish over an alder body, framed by cream binding on the top and back and accented by a pale mint green pickguard. Tonally, the guitar has plenty of twang and snap in the bridge position, with a great Fender rhythm sound with both pickups engaged, and a sweet and full neck pickup tone that's perfect for lead lines or more mellow chord passages. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 9-42 strings, this Telecaster Custom features low action and accurate intonation. The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fretboard, the slender vintage-style frets retain their full factory height, showing virtually no wear. The neck has Fender's standard 25 1/2" scale length, with a 1 5/8" nut width, and vintage 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate. All of the factory electronics work well, and the chrome hardware is in excellent condition. For quick warbles and moderately deep dives, the USA-made Bigsby vibrato (not the cheaper licensed variety, but the real deal) works very well, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The Bigsby spring has been upgraded to a gold-plated one with good height and stiffness, and the arm sits off the body at the perfect height for a quick response. Cosmetically, this Tele is well-kept, with wear limited to light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard and a just a few very minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile is flawless save for one mark from a guitar stand behind the 8th fret that’s a cosmetic “stain” only and cannot be felt by the palm. A tweed hardshell case is included.