These guitars are made to similar specs to the original 1962 Telecasters, as always they are not styled as reissues
and are not meant to be exact replicas.
All TL62 models unless I tell you otherwise later will have all these features in common
Neck Maple with a Rosewood board 324mm scale 7.25" radius
Truss Rod Adjustment at body end
21 vintage frets
Pickguard White 8 hole 3 ply
Standard Telecaster Controls Knurled Chrome
Bridge 3 saddle spiral brass through body
Neck shaped varied from U shaped to full C and some V shapes I will clarify with each model were I can
A headstock that looks like this picture with this logo
Where I describe pickups as MIJ Vintage Tele they are almost certainly Ceramic
In the 60s models with a bound body were referred to as Custom it was only from the 70s that Custom implied different pickups.
Some additional info from Tprior of the Telecaster forum this from a 1986 MIJ-TL62 1- The neck plate only says FENDER in BLOCK letters 2- Made In Japan on the base of the neck 3- This may be the thinnest Telecaster neck ever , front to back, measured at the 1 st fret. Thinner than a 52 RI from the same era. The 62RI neck measures across the back of the neck, side to side, fret board to fret board , 2.5 inches even (2 and 8/16) , a 52/ RI measures 2 and 9/16, a 2008 AM Standard measures 2 and 5/8 ( 2 and 10/16) Each one adds just a tad more MEAT to the neck . Can be felt ? who can say . To me there is a slight difference which can be felt. The TL-62 and the 52/RI are both spec'd at 7.25 radius
The first TL 62 models were made in 1983 JV models. I don't intend to cover these excellent guitars please look up the 21 frets website for these. As far as I can find there are no Extrad models
There were 3 models available from 1984 to 1989, these were:
TL62-70, TL62B-70 and TL62-65. Wherever there is a B directly after the 62 it indicates a Bound body.
In 1983 there was a TL62-65 available but I think this was the first version of the TL62-70
A comparison of specs
|Body||Basswood or Sen||Basswood Bound||American Basswood|
|Pickups||TL Vintage||TL Vintage||TL Vintage|
|Colours||Sen are Blonde or Butterscotch Basswood is Vintage White||Sunburst, Black or Candy Apple Red||Charcoal Sunburst|
All have necks described as U shaped
In 1990 Fender Japan changed their designation system whereas the last number had represented the release price in 1000 yen
the new system represented the price in 100 yen so a TL62-70 had been 70,000 yen the new TL62-700 was still 70,000 yen.
The new models were TL62-700 TL62-600 and TL62B-650 and there were some spec changes. So we now have
|Body||Lightweight Ash||Alder Bound||American Basswood|
|Pickups||TL Vintage||TL Vintage||TL Vintage|
|Colours||Blonde, Butterscotch, Vintage White or Vintage Natural||Sunburst, Black or Candy Apple Red||Charcoal Sunburst|
Necks are now described as Oval shape which can mean almost anything and they will continue to be described this way for some time.
1992 we had a return to the old system of model designation so we had TL62-62-70 TL62-65 and TL62B-70. However
despite being the same model numbers as the pre 1990 guitars the TL62-70 had slightly different specs so a 1989 TL62-70 isn't the same guitar
as the 1992 TL62-70.
In the second half of 1993 there was a price increase so the models changed to TL62-62-80 TL62-75 and TL62B-80 the only spec change was the 62B-80 has a Basswood body instead of Alder
|62-70 and 80||62B-70 and 80||62-65 and 75|
|Body||Alder||Alder later Basswood Bound||American Basswood|
|Pickups||TL Vintage||TL Vintage||TL Vintage|
|Colours||Vintage White only||Sunburst, Black or Candy Apple Red||Charcoal Sunburst|
This was a new model in the 1995 catalogue and appears to have been made only in that year. It's a Fotoflame model with all the usual specs. Features:
Body is Alder with a Basswood cap finished in Fotoflame
Pickups are MIJ TL Vintage
Colour Vintage Natural only
These guitars are quite rare and I have been unable to find any decent pictures other than a catalogue scan below
This was another one off model this was in the 1995 catalogue it differed from the standard in that it has gold hardware. 6 section gold saddles and a Flame finish to the body.
Body Bound Basswood
Pickups MIJ TL Vintage
Colours FCH, FAM or FMR which I think are Flame Cherry, Flame Amber and possibly Flame Maroon
Slightly strange happenings in the 1997 catalogue in that the models are TL62-60 and TLB62-70 which are described as new models. However these are identical in all ways to the TL62-80 and TLB62-80 and represent nothing more that a price reduction.
There were in effect 2 guitars for the whole of this period and a 3rd added in 2003 this was a model incorporating a Fender Bigsby Trem unit . There were of course some designation changes so the guitars are as follows: These were now using USA made pickups either Texas specials (TX) or Vintage Single Coils (US)
|1999 to 2002||62B-75TX||62-65US|
|2003 to 2006||62B-75TX||62-65US||62B-100BTX|
|2007 Price change||62B-82TX||62B-72US||62B-107BTX|
|2008 designation system change||62BTX||62US||62B-BTX|
|2009 Bigsby Model change||62BTX||62US||62B-BIGS|
Here are the specs
|62B-65US and others||62B-75TX and others||62B-100BTX and others|
|Body||Alder||Alder Bound||Alder Bound|
|Pickups||USA made TL Vintage||USA made Texas Specials||USA made Texas Specials**|
|Colours*||Vintage White only||Sunburst, Black or Candy Apple Red||Sunburst, Candy Apple Red,|
** The change from TL62B-BTX to TL62B-BIGS was due to the Pickups changing from Texas Specials to MIJ Vintage Tele pickups, all other specs the same.
In this period there were several colour changes and FSRs as at 2009 the colours available were
62US Sunburst, Old Candy Red, Black, Old Lake Blue,Vintage White or Ocean Turquoise Metallic
62BTX Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Red, Cherry, Old Lake Blue, Trans Blue or Vintage White
62B-BIGS Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Red, Old Lake Blue or Ocean Turquoise Metallic
In the 2010 catalogue the TX model has gone but the 62US and the 62B-BIGS remain unchanged . 2 new models appear the TL62B and the
new Vintage Special range has a TL62B/VSP. The TL62B/VSP was quite an expensive guitar RRP being 133,350 yen compared to the 62US
at 64,000 yen or the new 62B 87150 yen
Specs of the new models
|Body||Alder 2 piece with Ivory Binding||Alder Bound|
|Pickups||MIJ Alnico Custom Tele||MIJ Vintage Tele|
|Colours||Sunburst Only||Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Red, Vintage White, Old Lake Blue, Cherry, Trans Blue, Ocean Turquoise Metallic or Mystic Ice Blue|
Some sources are now describing the necks as a Medium C
These 4 models continued until about 2016
TC Gakki have a guitar for sale described as a TL62BSSV. Which I can only assume stands for Bound Silver Sparkle Vintage.
Serial number places it around 2007 I have no idea how many more if any were made
Body Alder and having Texas Special pickups otherwise normal specs except for the very bling finish
From around 2017 to 2020 the equivalent of the TL62 is the Japan Traditional 60s these have all the same features except
the pickguards are not all white they are black on the Arctic White and various whites, off whites or mint green on other colours.
There are also a couple of special editions and a Bigsby model.
Specs of the Standard Models Body Alder Bound (I have seen a candy red unbound guitar)
Pickups MIJ Vintage Tele
Colours Arctic White, Torino Red, California Blue, Black Sunburst, Sonic Blue, Daphne Blue, Sunburst and probably others
The Necks are Said to be U shaped
The Bigsby model is same specs except for having a Chrome Fender Bigsby , the only colours I have seen for the Bigsby are Candy Blue and Butterscotch Blonde
Some Pictures will show more
There are 2 gold hardware LEs they again have all the usual specs with the exception of the gold hardware and the pickguard colours. They also have matching headstocks. There is one in Black called the Midnight and one in Olympic White Called the Daybreak both have bound Alder bodies, MIJ Vintage Tele pickups. Again the necks are U shaped
I am grateful to TokyoPortrait from the telecaster forum for information and a link to the Japan Exclusive Classic 60s Telecaster.
There are two models a Standard and a Custom as usual the only difference is that the custom has a bound body and probably different colour options.
Not sure what the colours are but I have been able to find a standard in Vintage white and Customs in Vintage white, Sunburst and Candy Apple Red.
They have all the standard 62 specs etc except for a slim C neck. What may appeal to some is the pickups
Body Alder, Bound on the Custom
Pickups SS USA made Vintage 62 Custom SCs
Amazon say that they first had these available in 2014. They are now discontinued.
In March 2020 Fender Japan Launched the Heritage Series which included a 60s Custom as far as I can find
it is in Sunburst only. It has an Alder Body with a Nitro over urethane finish on the body and neck. It has a Mint Green Guard and
what are described as Premium Vintage Tele Pickups which could be anything. It has Nickel Chrome hardware and "Custom" on the headstock.
It was launched at 160,000 yen and is domestic only. Otherwise it all as the standard 62 specs.
For those interested here is the full specs of all the Heritage series
Dealers Heritage specs
I am struggling to find any real information on these. Xhefri shows an image of the neck markings TL62D on his pages and I can find
one Reverb sale with little information. What we can see is that they made a Fotoflame 62DT in the mid 90s, the one for sale is
1995. It is possible that other runs maybe non Fotoflame were made in other eras but I can't find any nor do I have any specs.
Best I can do is some pictures.