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Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar  

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    A '60s classic and one of the coolest Teles® ever.

    Made at Fender's state-of-the-art facility in Corona, California, the 62 Custom Telecaster Electric Guitar features all the original detailing including body binding, C-shaped neck, 7-1/4" fingerboard radius, hardware, and pickups. Includes brown Tolex case ($189 value).

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Double-bound alder body
    • C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
    • Vintage machine heads
    • 21 nickel silver frets
    • Vintage single-coil pickups with 3-way switching

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    FenderAmerican Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    Great Tele

    The overall feel of this guitar is great. Sounds just like a Tele should. The neck is so good, I wish I could have this neck on my other 3 Teles. I think...Read complete review

    The overall feel of this guitar is great. Sounds just like a Tele should. The neck is so good, I wish I could have this neck on my other 3 Teles. I think it is better made, better sounding, and better looking than the American Standard. Well worth the extra cash.
    It's a Telecaster, not much to it, but what's there is all ya need.
    Workmanship is beautiful. Stunning looking guitar. I have the sunburst. Feels great. Well made.The binding is awesome.
    It's pricey, but I think it's worth it.

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    Not worth the cash...

    One of my favorite all time guitars was the Nashville Tele I had in Candy Apple red. It was mexican made, but it felt like an extension of my hands. I could make...Read complete review

    One of my favorite all time guitars was the Nashville Tele I had in Candy Apple red. It was mexican made, but it felt like an extension of my hands. I could make it do and sound exactly how I wanted. I hoped to get the same feeling with this AVRI Tele...

    This guitar is aesthetically beautiful and to me, sonically disappointing. Granted, it's a Telecaster, so it shouldn't do that much aside from just be a Telecaster. But when you hit this price range, things should blow you away. This doesn't.
    The stock 50's style wiring is terrible. The neck pickup sounds like it's in a tunnel. Why anyone would want this sound is beyond me. Once I had it rewired to 60's spec
    (per included schematic) it sounded much better. However, I don't think it sounds significantly better than many of the mid-range Tele's.
    Personally, I don't like the thin, C-shape neck. I'm used to bigger, fatter necks. This is just a individual preference though.

    If you want to buy something that looks amazing, brings nostalgia and will leave it sitting in a stand or a glass case, this is definitely the guitar (I have the burst, it's beautiful). If you want a great player, buy a cheaper Tele and do some customizing.

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    3.0

    Not worth the cash...

    By Mark

    from VA

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          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          One of my favorite all time guitars was the Nashville Tele I had in Candy Apple red. It was mexican made, but it felt like an extension of my hands. I could make it do and sound exactly how I wanted. I hoped to get the same feeling with this AVRI Tele...

          This guitar is aesthetically beautiful and to me, sonically disappointing. Granted, it's a Telecaster, so it shouldn't do that much aside from just be a Telecaster. But when you hit this price range, things should blow you away. This doesn't.
          The stock 50's style wiring is terrible. The neck pickup sounds like it's in a tunnel. Why anyone would want this sound is beyond me. Once I had it rewired to 60's spec
          (per included schematic) it sounded much better. However, I don't think it sounds significantly better than many of the mid-range Tele's.
          Personally, I don't like the thin, C-shape neck. I'm used to bigger, fatter necks. This is just a individual preference though.

          If you want to buy something that looks amazing, brings nostalgia and will leave it sitting in a stand or a glass case, this is definitely the guitar (I have the burst, it's beautiful). If you want a great player, buy a cheaper Tele and do some customizing.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Tele

          By Rebelhoss

          from Delmont, PA

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          The overall feel of this guitar is great. Sounds just like a Tele should. The neck is so good, I wish I could have this neck on my other 3 Teles. I think it is better made, better sounding, and better looking than the American Standard. Well worth the extra cash.
          It's a Telecaster, not much to it, but what's there is all ya need.
          Workmanship is beautiful. Stunning looking guitar. I have the sunburst. Feels great. Well made.The binding is awesome.
          It's pricey, but I think it's worth it.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender American Vintage Series "62 Telecaster

          By Robert Horbett

          from Hamburg, NY

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          Overall, the whole process from when I ordered it to when I received it and looked at it was fantastic. Jordan (the sales rep) was very helpfull with the order.
          The guitar came in less then a week and was in brand new condition. The finish is flawless, the neck is straight and I only had to do a minor adjustments on the string height and intonation. I'm very happy with the guitar and MusciansFriend. I ordered from them in the past and never had a problem. I'm sure that that I will order from them in the near future. Also, the rosewood fretboard is dark just the way I like it. It has a different feel to it.
          Bobsdurango!
          The Quality of the guitar is excellent (5 stars).
          I would rate the price that I paid excellent. I lucked out and purchased it when they were running a sale,

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What Leo fender had in mind.

          By Retroman

          from Long Island, NY

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          This 1962 replica, which I have in surf green, is a magnificent instrument. It is lightweight, perfectly balanced and so easy to play. I had the switching converted to the conventional Tele 3 way switching so I can engage both pickups in the middle position. What sound! What distinctive twangy tone! I'm sure this is what Leo Fender wanted his Teles to sound like. Strats are great,I have the '62 counterpart, but when I play this Tele, I feel it in my soul. Not inexpensive, but in my opinion superior to the American Deluxe Tele, because of the superior pickups.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SupremeTeleSound

          By TeleMagic!

          from Los Angeles

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is totally excellent. Made some minor bridge adjustments and that's it. Plays and sounds like a dream. The C neck is so comfy. Looks and sounds great. I'm so happy I own it. Perfection.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FINALLY MINE!!!!!!

          By telehappy

          from Tacoma, WA

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          After years of lusting, finally saved enough and now it's mine. Much better than the '52 I used to have - more unique. I'll get the wiring redone to modern specs, but that's quick and easy. Set up perfect out of box/case and awesome - I mean awesome craftsmanship. If you have the money and you're wondering about buying, just do it. You will not be sorry you did. Mine's sunburst, but they look great in all the colors available.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          own and upgraded

          By Mr. Breeze

          from Hanford, CA

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          Perfect neck, hand shaped frets, ultimate feel, beauitful look and excellent playability. Installed Fender CNS pickups, 4-way switch (for that humbucker value) and constant volume pot resistor. settings for warm neck, country bridge, duel bell tones and the magnetic reverse humbucker. With a set of Fender brass saddles, you have it ALL!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Stunning Telecaster

          By Loungepop

          from California

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          Same quality, same tone as the original. These are more unique than the 52

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tone to die for.

          By Guitarzan-xIpmB

          from Laguna Beach, CA

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          This is the cake for Tele fans. Don't confuse yourself by trying to compare this to a Strat or Gibson, these guitars are aimed at the Tele player who already knows what he is looking for and why. After playing several different Tele models, this one took me to the floor with its round fat tone. Twang and snap from the vintage frets - jumbo fret Teles can't do that (unless you use 9s). Awesome bass response and extremely smooth. The rosewood neck and the vintage pickups are the bomb. Breaks up nicely with overdrive and loves pedals. Silly wiring needs to be redone, to be true to the original 1 position is stripped of the highs, and the middle pos is the neck alone with no combined pickup switch setting. Easy and quick fix (they supply the diagram and necesary cap). Vintage size frets, fretwork, setup and intonation was perfect (as much as the vintage saddles allow). The vintage pickups in this '62 are not noiseless but have a much richer tone than the SCN noiseless pickups in my American Deluxe. If forced to choose I'd keep the '62.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A must have for the Tele Freak!

          By tlecstr

          from Bakersfield, Ca

          Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '62 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar. Raw and unforgiving just as a Tele should be. Plenty of bite on that bridge pu, however, it does need to be re-wired. I bought the 3 color sun burst,...what a classy looking axe!

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