Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 vintage reissue model TL62B in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Exceedingly rare and thoroughly upgraded, this Telecaster features the original Black Sparkle gloss finish on the alder body, framed by cream front and back binding and paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fingerboard. Premium upgrades include a USA-made Bigsby B5 vibrato, Vibramate bridge and Bigsby mount (ensuring no additional mounting holes), and a pair of Seymour Duncan Antiquity Telecaster pickups.
This "Crafted in Japan" Telecaster was meant only for the Japanese domestic market, and it would be hard to overstate the rarity of any factory sparkle finish from any era of Fender Japan production. The guitar delivers classic Tele chewy twang and cut via the upgraded USA-made Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, and the flat pole Broadcaster-style bridge pickup has a full, round sound with ample twang and chewy cut. The neck position delivers a smooth, bell-like chime, with excellent percussive snap when both pickups are engaged together. This Tele weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard boasts Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius, with original slender fretwire that retains its full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, and fainter wear extending on the crowns until fret 8. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut is a hand-carved piece of bone, measuring a full 1.665" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The R-prefix serial number and "Crafted in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickup pair. The Vibramate assembly features a special bridge design notched on the back edge so the strings can travel to the Bigsby unencumbered, and the bridge features vintage-spec spiral saddles. An ingenious design, the Vibramate plate mounts the Bigsby with zero additional mounting holes, anchoring to the rear strap button. The USA-made Bigsby B5 has a smooth, fluid response for warbles and shimmies, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. An upgraded three-ply black pickguard accents the gloss Black Sparkle finish which features large silver metal flakes. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scuffing on the treble side of the pickguard and just a couple minor finish scratches central to the back. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.