2001 Fender Telecaster ’62 Reissue. Candy Apple Red.

The Blue Book Says:

AMERICAN VINTAGE ’62 FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM (U.S. MFG. NO. 010-6200)
– single cutaway alder body, bolt-on maple C-shaped neck, bound top and back, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, six-on-one-side vintage style tuners, vintage Tele bridge, aged three-ply pickguard, two ’62 Tele single coil pickups, two knobs (v, tone) and a three-way switch mounted on a metal plate, chrome hardware, available in 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red (1999-2001), Dakota Red (2001 only), Ice Blue Metallic (2001-06), Inca Silver (2001 only), Ocean Turquoise (2002-06), Surf Green (2002-2012) finish, 25.5 in. scale, mfg. 1999-2012.

I Say:

Oooh – this is a lot of telecaster – But NOT a collectors item.

This has been used day in and day out by a working guitarist, and consequently bears the scars to prove it.  Scratches – yep – loads of them.  Chips – yep quite a few.  Sticker residue and bleaching marks – check.

I’ve finally managed to clean all the sticker residue off the body of this tele, and have polished it again and again – however the scratches are so numerous and obviously from use rather than abuse! – I gave up and hopefully we can agree to call this a “Genuine Relic.”

The neck is comfortable to play – it does have a few chips and dings – but nothing that is annoying to play over.  The rosewood fingerboard is in great condition.  The Frets do show some signs of wear but still have plenty of life left in them…

The guitar has been wired with the original ’62 “Dark Circuit”  where the forward position selects a bass rich, treble starved sound from the neck pickup, the middle position selects a neck only sound with the tone circuit engaged.  The back position gives the bridge in all its edgy brittle and funky glory.

Electronics are all fully functional and crackle free.

The guitar has a brand new genuine Fender tweed Hard case, which contains all the paperwork and stickers.  There’s also a leather guitar strap with Dunlop Straplocks ready to go.  The Ashtray Bridge cover’s also in there….