Fender Japan '62 Reissue Telecaster TL62B-70 Bound Black 1985/6
Fender '62 Tele, bound black, made in Japan 1985/6. This is a classy Tele, that's for sure. Hailing from the famed 'A serial' period of 1985-6, this little stunner is very collectable and very satisfying. The neck features a lovely piece of maple with some distinctive grain, perfectly on show beneath the golden-syrup aged lacquer. The rosewood slab board is dark and tightly grained with some nice dark red streaks running along it, it's a lovely piece; something you don't see often on new guitars very often. The neck feels great in the hands, the slim 62 profile is instantly friendly and a breeze to move around on. The tone is classic Tele: heaps of snap and sparkle, snarly midrange and tight bass with a crispy clear treble... the bridge pickup is especially satisfying into a lightly overdriven amp. This is in pretty great shape, with just a few telltale signs of it's three decades on show like some subtle checking. These 1980s Fujigen Fenders are (arguably... sigh) the best built instruments Fender produced since the CBS takeover in the mid 60s, and word is getting out pretty quickly. This one is very easy to love!
Model: Fender Telecaster '62 Reissue (TL62B-70)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1985/6 (serial A040761)
Finish: gloss black, cream double binding
Neck: maple, rosewood board, slim oval profile, 7.25" radius
Pickups: original Fender Japan TL-Vintage single coils
Case: very basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: Minor finish wear. Neck and headstock pretty clean. The back has some long checking lines starting to develop, as well as some buckle rash dimples and a scratch an inch or so back from the neck plate. The sides have some minor scuffs near the input jack, bottom horn and top shoulder area. The front is pretty clean, there's the start of some checking lines and some minor dimples behind the bridge, some marks around the electronics panel and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in great condition, 8.5/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 10/46s.