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Help pricing a Custom USA Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BME86, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. BME86

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    Hi guys, hope everyone is well.

    I'm thinking about selling my Telecaster, mainly because it never gets played, and I'm looking for some help in pricing it.

    I bought it on eBay back in 2008 for about £800. Honestly though, I'm not really sure exactly what model it is. It's American made, I think early 2000s, and has 'Custom Telecaster' on the headstock. It has a few nicks, but on the whole is in great condition.

    The serial number is V154092.

    Any idea how exactly what model this is? And how much I should be realistically looking to sell it for?

    Pics below (apologies for the size!), including the serial number:


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  2. Texas Special

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    It's a 62 reissue Custom Telecaster. Try Reverb to see what the current sale values are.
     
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    I'd concur with Texas Special but also be aware that makes it MiJ mid-90s (96/97) so probably best not to advertise it as "Custom USA"!
     
  4. BME86

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    Great, thanks guys, much appreciated.
     
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    The model would be found as a TL-62.
     
  6. Texas Special

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    I'd suggest it was a US manufactured instrument. I've only ever seen the 'V' prefix serial number on those. There are so many different varieties these days (I just called it a 62 reissue as that what it looks like), so my initial terminology may not be entirely correct. I'm sure others can point you in the exact direction.
     
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    I agree with @Texas Special - this one is definitely the USA model, the AVRI '62 Custom Telecaster. An MIJ will clearly say "Made in Japan" on it (or possibly "Crafted in Japan"; not sure exactly which years are "Crafted" vs. "Made"). The AVRI model came out in 1999, and was made until mid-2012.
     
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    "V15" indicates a 2015 model.

    How could you buy it in 2008?
     
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    Are you sure? I didn't think the vintage reissue numbers worked like that.
     
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    Just used the dating site and it came up
    Manufactured in 1996-7 by Fuji-gen of Japan.
    MIJ or CIJ decal/sticker on neck by neck plate was removed
    Bridge plate with V is also used for a 52 Fender Reissue for USA made
    https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php
     
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    Just went to this site. Here is what the search gets us. Does this mean that if it was produced in 1996 or 1997 it was MIJ but if made in 1991 or 2001 it was MIUSA? Wild. Are there really not enough number/letter combinations to not have to reuse them?

    Production year: 1996 or 1997
    Made by Fuji-gen,Japan
    Production year: 1991 or 2001
    (Vintage series, except ’52 Telecaster, these have a 5 digit number on the bridge plate) (Factory: Corona, USA)
    For more accurate annual determination for electric models see:potmeters
    The only way to correctly date 'Made in USA' models with the prefix 'V' is to check the end of the neck heel on a production date.
     
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  12. Jakedog

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    The “made in” or “crafted in” bits on these were not stickers. They were printed, like the logos, on the back of the neck down near the joint. Removing them required removing finish/sanding, etc.

    I’d feel comfortable betting cash this is a USA ‘62 Custom reissue.
     
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    The MIJ/CIJ would be Poly finished body. If it is an AVRI USA model it should be a Nitro body right?
     
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  14. Texas Special

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    The only way of dating a V series (AVRI) is to take the neck off.
     
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    Someone beat me to it.....
     
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    That's how it worked until the August 2012 when the revised AV (the "Pure Vintage" tag line models) came out - then it switches to V + 2 digits for the year + 5 digits for the number. But prior to that it was just a semi-sequential/semi-random number after the V.

    And please everyone stop using those 3rd party lookup sites; run it through Fender's site. I just did that and it returns it being an American Vintage '62 Telecaster Custom (Fender has the name wrong; it should be Custom Telecaster) from 1999-2012 in sunburst:

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    Here in the UK, some MiJ/CiJ are to be found engraved on the neck plate.
    But, many and certainly the model in the pics (of which I owned one from new) also just have a transparent sticker on the neck just above the neck plate, which is, easily removed and/or over 12+ years could have just 'worked' off!
    In the absence of a clear "Made in USA" label anywhere I'd still be very wary of ascribing it to Fender America!
     
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    I hope your not getting rid of your Tele because your playing a another model, or worse, a different brand of guitar:eek:
     
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    Mmm very confused, on reflection ... believe the front headstock logo on mine was more italics/spaghetti logo than those in the pics? ... So, ...I give in!
    But, still suspicious as to a lack of clear MiA labelling!
     
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