Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Telecaster ‘52 vintage reissue model TL52-75 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with all original hangtags and factory paperwork. The higher tiered and early “Made in Japan” Telecaster was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, with an exacting eye to detail and vintage-correct touches including black bobbin pickups, slotted screws, and dome-top knurled knobs.
Tonewoods include an ash body and a one-piece maple neck, and at 10lbs 1oz, this Telecaster dishes out plenty of midrange authority, treble-centric cut and sonic heft. The black bobbin alnico magnet pickups deliver a bevy of classic Tele tonalities, with the articulation, twang, and dynamic liveliness of Fender's first Blackguard Teles. We've had this Fender professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, ganing a hair more heft in the upper registers, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape, with well-rounded crowns, showing a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-10, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The headstock sports a “spaghetti” logo, and the original nickel-plated Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with a consistent dusting of surface patina. The back of the headstock retains the small “75” sticker, denoting the original price of the instrument when sold new in Japan over 35 years ago (¥75,000). The "Made in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 3-5-86.
The body features a treasure trove of vintage-correct touches, with all slotted screws, domed knurled knobs, and a serial number with the A-prefix on the bridge plate. The electronics are 100% original, with black bobbin pickups, cloth-covered leads, and pots which date to December, '85. The chrome plating on the hardware has plenty of shine, with uniform across the brass barrel saddles.
The Butterscotch gloss finish is dark and rich, with some unusual lighter spots of finish predominantly on the bass side of the top below the clear coat (not a finish reaction, per se, yet visually notable). This is an exceedingly well-kept instrument, with cosmetic wear limited to just a few faint finish scratches on the body The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, which is nigh flawless save for one tiny chip on the bass-side fretboard edge at fret 9 that has no impact on playability.
All of the original hangtags and factory paperwork is included, along with the brown gigbag with large "Fender" text on the pocket. The gigbag's pink interior is minorly "shedding," leaving a dusting of pink fibers on the guitar that can be brushed off easily.