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2009 Fender Telecaster '62 Vintage Reissue TL62-US Sunburst w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2009 Fender Telecaster '62 vintage reissue in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This "Made in Japan" Telecaster is a rare model meant only for the Japanese domestic market, and features a gloss Sunburst finish accented by a parchment pickguard. Officially model TL62-US, this guitar comes loaded from the factory with a pair of Fender USA black bobbin single coils, which have comparable output to genuine vintage pickups with plenty of sparkle and twang. The neck pickup is very smooth and round, while retaining a certain cut and focus in the low end, while the middle position has a balanced, full sound that's ideal for rhythm work. Of course the bridge position is easily identifiable for shimmer, snap, and grit; the perfect pairing for an overdriven tube amp. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and slinky action.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C shaped profile with lightly rolled fretboard edges, filling out with more substance and shoulder as you move up the neck. The profile measures .840” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a notably thick cut, boasting Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius and stock vintage-style fretwire. The slender frets have good height, showing uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-9, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard, offering easy playability in every register. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and work as they should. The "Made in Japan" text and T-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the stock pair of black bobbin USA-made Fender pickups wired to the original harness. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with light patina concentrated on the bridge base and saddles. The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is bold and vintage-correct in its saturation and gradient, with some scattered small finish chips, scuffs, and nicks mostly relegated to the perimeter of the slab body. The neck profile sports a clean smooth gloss finish with a couple minuscule marks that are not distracting to the palm.