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2012 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 Vintage Reissue TL62B Lake Placid Blue, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2012 Fender Telecaster Custom '62 vintage reissue model TL62B in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This "Made in Japan" Telecaster is a rare, discontinued model, meant only for the Japanese domestic market, featuring a gloss Lake Placid Blue finish framed by ivory top and back binding. 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 alder-bodied Tele weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings and low action (setup and string gauge can be adjusted to buyer's preference).

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .930” 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 virtually no wear with perfectly rounded crowns and easy playability up the 25 1/2" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut is a hand-carved piece of bone, measuring a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The JD12-prefix serial number and "Made 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 stock pickup pair. The "Pat. Pending" bridge plate and finely grooved spiral saddles are consistent with 1962 Fender spec, and the original flat-topped knurled metal knobs and pale mint green pickguard round out the look. The control plate and knobs have gleaming chrome plating, while there is light patina on the edge of the bridge plate.

The finish is abbreviated "OLB" by Fender Japan for Old Lake Placid Blue, as it's a decidedly icy and much more vintage-correct shade than the standard Lake Placid also used on Fender Japan domestic models. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few extremely faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back and a singular pinhead-sized nick just beyond the back edge of the control plate. The gloss on the neck profile is smooth and ambered.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.