Up for sale, a 2013 Fender Telecaster '62 vintage reissue model TL62-US in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and padded gigbag. This "Made in Japan" Telecaster is a rare instrument meant only for the Japanese domestic market, featuring a gloss "OLB" (Old Lake Placid Blue) finish accented by a pale mint green pickguard.
Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, and the guitar has a lively natural quality when strummed acoustically. The guitar is stocked with Fender American Vintage black bobbin single coil pickups from the factory, featuring alnico magnets and push-back cloth-covered leads. The neck pickup is smooth and round, retaining a distinctive cut and bell-like sparkle, while the middle position on the three-way toggle has a balanced, full sound that's ideal for rhythm work. Of course the bridge position is easily identifiable for its twang, snap, and grit, featuring flat pole pieces akin to the first Teles and Broadcasters. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has Fender's traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius and slender vintage-style fretwire that shows only light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 42.5mm (just fractionally shy of a full 1 11/16") in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and work as they should. The "Made in Japan" text and JD13-prefix serial number 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 shines like new, and the bridge has been upgraded with a set of compensated brass saddles that ensure plenty of chewy twang and treble articulation. The finish is known as Old Lake Placid Blue, as it's a notably darker and more vintage-correct shade of this classic custom color, compared to previous Fender Japan offerings. Cosmetic wear is limited to a bit of faint pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, and a tiny pinhead-sized mark just south of the knobs. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original hangtag with matching serial, manual, and padded gigbag are included.