Mystery MIJ Tele?

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  1. IndyTeleGuy

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    Ok....I picked up a “mystery” E Serial MIJ Telecaster today.

    Now to ID the thing?

    Double bound Candy Apple Red body
    Maple neck/Rosewood fretboard
    Vintage tuners
    7.25” radius
    Original pots/circuit board three way switch
    Believe original pickups
    Aftermarket pickguard
    Aftermarket bridge

    Interesting neck heel stamp.
    No date that I can find.
    It appears to say TL-56 or maybe TL-564
    Then there’s an 11 stamped off to the side.
    Serial # puts it between 84-87

    ???


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  2. whoanelly15

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    I don’t know what it is, but I like it! Sure looks like TL-56 to me.
     
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    Beautiful guitar! Sorry I can't help you with the identification.
     
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    Looks like a mid 80's MIJ Fender for sure, but I don't know much about MIJ Teles.

    PS It's indeed very cool, I wouldn't be concerned if it plays well and sounds good.
     
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  5. IndyTeleGuy

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    The general consensus between here and the Facebook group is it’s a 62 Reissue, likely a later 80’s run...87 probably.
    I have ordered a mint pickguard, traditional 3 saddle bridge, and a wiring kit to redo pots/switch because they’re quite noisy and cheap.
    Already plays great, can’t wait to get her looking the part!
     
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    Sweet TL56.
     
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    Looks nice, congrats.
     
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    Love it. Is that Candy Apple Red?
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Did mij guitars have a modern type bridge mid 80's?...
     
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    Looks like a MIJ 62 reissue, not sure of the year but late eighties or early nineties. If I remember, around the mid nineties they changed to 'crafted in Japan'. I have a CIJ 62 reissue and it is a keeper. Wonderful guitar. Mine is a 2009 but I think they changed back to MIJ only a couple of years ago but my knowledge is not the best on this. Enjoy, they are great guitars.
     
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    No, not the reissues. Should have a three steel saddle vintage bridge.
     
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    Despite what seems to be a "TL-56" stamp (FJ stamps/markings may more than often be quite esoteric), this definitely looks like a TL62 1984-87 model (double binding, neck with rosewood fretboard) with a retrofitted/modern bridge and pickguard.
     
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  14. IndyTeleGuy

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    Yes, the previous owner admitted to changing the pickguard when he bought it second hand in 1995. He didn’t even realize the bridge wasn’t original. I’ll be swapping it in a couple days for a vintage style bridge.
    Serial definitely puts it from 84-87, it was just the neck stamp that was throwing me off....but I’ve had multiple sources show that their neck stamps were often incorrect.
     
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    Sweet looking guitar!

    I am not sure, but it looks like the action is really high while the saddles are really low? Swapping the bridge (as you plan to do anyway) might be really beneficial. Or else you might need to shim the neck pocket?
     
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    Currently the neck relief is well under the 0.012" (Fender Spec...may have to add some eventually, but I knew I was going to be doing a bridge swap, so I didn't wanna take the neck off again just yet.)
    The string height is 5/64ths Low E and 4/64ths High E (again Fender spec).
    It plays fantastic, but I do agree that it's interesting how low the saddles are with that action. The neck definitely sits deeper in the pocket than a modern Tele would, so you're right, I may end up needing to shim after the new bridge, but maybe not.
     
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    I’m no help, but it looks great!
     
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  20. IndyTeleGuy

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    That’s not a K, it’s an E.
    And every other verified mid 80’s E serial had the serial number on the back of the neck near the heel.....?
     
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