Fender Japan '62 Telecaster TL62B-70 Bound Candy Apple Red 1986
Fender '62 Tele, double bound candy apple red, made in Japan 1985-6. Whenever we score one of these double bound Teles, they always attract plenty of admiration. It's easy to see why: this, frankly, is gorgeous. The candy apple finish pops perfectly against the aged cream binding, mint guard and a dark choc rosewood board... it just radiates class. This particular example hails from the 'A serial' period; just a year or so after the famous and increasingly unattainable JV serial instruments were made; the first Fenders ever made outside USA. The eighties MIJ magic is absolutely there: the finish and fretwork is perfect, the body is lively and resonant and the neck is an absolute dream in the hands. The love and care in both the precision of the build and the quality of timbers used is obvious. The neck is a prime slab of super dark rosewood, paired with an arrow-straight beautifully grained honey coloured piece of maple... it feels spectacular. The lightweight body and vintage voiced pickups offer a mellow, warm and inviting take on the classic 'Tele Twang'. There's a magic spot in the middle position with the tone rolled off just a whisker... I melted, please send help. These double bound beauties don't come around often, even less so from a very desirable era, so... don't let it pass you by!
Model: Fender '62 Reissue Telecaster (TL62B-70)
Made: Japan, 1985-6, Fujigen plant (serial A067822)
Finish: candy apple red, cream double binding
Neck: maple, rosewood board, slim oval profile, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Fender Japan TL-Vintage single coils
Overall: minor finis wear. Headstock and neck pretty clean, no major marks. Back has a handful of light dimples and some light surface scratches, no major marks. Sides are pretty clean, just a tiny scratch on the shoulder and some dimples near the jack. The front has a dent on the top corner, as seen in the pics, as well as some dimples near the control plate and some play wear on the guard and 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, 8/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.