PURE VINTAGE ORIGINAL 52 TELECASTER
For the guitarist who craves pure vintage Fender 52 telecaster style, the American Vintage series presents original-era model year guitars built with meticulous attention to accurate detail that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life.
Before there was rock ‘n’ roll, there was the 52 Telecaster—the Fender guitar that started it all. From humble beginnings came a revolutionary and elegantly simple new electric guitar that let musicians be heard loud and clear with sparkling tone and distinctive style. The U.S.-made American Vintage ’52 Telecaster puts that original-instrument magic in your hands, built using original tooling and based on actual 1952 models we tracked down.
- Ash body
- Thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish in light Butterscotch Blonde
- Deep maple neck with “U”-shaped profile and rolled edges
- Specially voiced pickups
- Recessed-top “barrel” switch tip and knurled/domed chrome control knobs
- Vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles
The ‘1952 telecaster is the heaviest of the three mentioned – not by much, but enough to notice. It’s got a big U neck, too, a shape that Fender has gone to great lengths to recreate, along with all the other classic profiles on offer across the range. It makes for a remarkable handful and, again, some of us like that while some of us really don’t. The effect is softened with wonderfully ‘rolled’ edges along the one-piece neck.
The new ‘Flash Coat’ lacquer 1952 telecaster finish does drag, but we found a silicon-impregnated cloth helped. For certain, this guitar feels tougher to play than more modern Standards and super-tweaked Custom Shop models. Tougher isn’t always negative, however – many players insist on some fight in the guitar to bring out the best in their technique and tone.
You’d have to say that these days, what with flatter fingerboards and bigger frets being the ‘norm’ on Fenders rather than the exception, 1952 telecaster is easy to forget how early Fenders were trickier to play in some respects and easier in others.
52 telecaster guitar surrounds both single coil pickups installed on this model. Behind the pickups Fender installs the famous “tray” bridge with chrome plating and three saddles. Neck on this model is equipped with a regular U contour and bolt-on joint. 52 telecaster has maple neck is topped with a 21-fret maple fingerboard. Medium jumbo frets, black dot inlays, 1.65″ synthetic bone string nut and 9.50″ radius are featured on the fingerboard of 52 telecaster.
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