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1989 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar Butterscotch, 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed G&G hardshell case. An early Corona, CA-produced example of one of the most popular (and now discontinued) USA-made Fender reissues, the American Vintage '52 Telecaster has a transparent Butterscotch nitro lacquer finish over an ash body, paired with a one-piece maple neck.

At 9lbs 5oz, this Tele has a distinctive natural heft and rich sustain, chiming with the best and delivering the sinewy snap and chewy twang that put Fender on the map seven decades ago. The guitar is finished in gloss nitro lacquer, delivering a round, powerful acoustic tone with great projection and body, indicative of a guitar that’s been played enough to have an expressive, dynamic sound not afforded a new instrument. We've had this Tele professionally setup and dialed in to perfection here at our shop Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, with fresh 10-46 strings and slinky action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, notably more fast-feeling and slim than later iterations of the '52 model, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The 7 1/4" radius maple fretboard retains the original slender vintage-spec fretwire which has been leveled and crowned, currently showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. On the neck heel and in the pocket, all of the factory stamps are present, with a date on the neck heel that reads September 19, 1989, and body date of Oct 25th, 1989.

All of the electronics work as they should, with Fender's Broadcaster-style flat pole bridge pickup and vintage-spec three-way pickup selector wiring (Bridge/Neck/Neck+dark cap). The original chrome control plate, knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming. The Butterscotch finish has great transparency, exhibiting a few isolated spots of broad finish checking, particularly on the bass-side upper bout on top. There are a few tiny nicks on the back body edge, a spot of targeted buckle rash central to the back adjacent to the string ferrules, and a few lighter marks just south of the neck plate. The neck profile retains its extremely clean ambered nitro lacquer gloss, free of palm wear.

The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included.