2002 Fender USA ’62 Reissue Telecaster

The Blue Book Says:

– 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-present) finish, 25.5 in. scale, mfg. 1999-present.

I say:

This model is possibly my favourite style of Telecaster.  I love the slim neck shape, rosewood fingerboard and body binding.

Starting at the top – the neck is pretty much immaculate, no knocks, dings or scratches.  The rosewood fingerboard is in great condition and the rest show little if any signs of wear.

The body – well – it’s definitely been used.  The front sports a few minor dents, but nothing too bad.  The rear of the guitar has what I can only describe as some fairly significant “bucklerash.”  I’ve done my best to catch the marks in the photos.

All original electronics have been modified according to the enclosed kit to give the (much more useful) “modern wiring.”  When this was done someone has taken the trouble to pop in a better quality tone capacitor.  The modern wiring option gives the now standard configuration of neck, neck & bridge, bridge pickups via the 3 way selector switch.

Case shows a similar amount of wear to the body, but the pocket still has much of the original paperwork, and strap and “ashtray” bridge cover.

Not had chance to play this one yet…