Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Telecaster ‘52 vintage reissue model TL52-900 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The TL52-900 model was the top-of-the-line ’52 Telecaster in the 1990 Fender Japan catalog, crafted at the famed Fujigen factory during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production. Numerous top-tier, vintage-accurate features include a nitro lacquer gloss Butterscotch finish, the same pickups used in Fender's American Vintage line instruments, USA-made CTS pots, brass saddles, and flathead screws throughout.
Tonewoods comprise an ash body and one-piece maple neck, yielding ample midrange authority, treble cut, and defined note attack. The factory-installed American Vintage '52 pickups have the same alnico magnet construction, black fiber bobbins, and cloth-covered leads as a model produced in 1952, delivering plenty of chewy twang and sparkling cut in the bridge position, with a smooth, round neck position sound that retains a certain percussive clarity. Weighing 8lbs 10oz, this Tele has been 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 and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire exhibits moderate wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, with wear growing lighter and extending beneath the plain strings until fret 9. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a “spaghetti” logo and a round string tree, and the original set of Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, the neck heel and pocket retain the factory stamps, and the neck heel is pencil dated to 7-25-1990.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads and USA-made CTS pots dating to the 26th week of 1990. The hardware is all notably clean, including the chrome-plated control plate and dome-topped knurled knobs. The “Pat. Pend” bridge base features a trio of brass saddles and is also serialized, matching vintage spec (this component is identical to the bridges used on Fender's American Vintage '52 models). The one-ply matte black pickguard rounds out the plastics.
The gloss Butterscotch nitro lacquer finish reveals the grain in the two-piece ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to one small finish chip adjacent to the rear strap button and a few faint scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.
A Gator-brand gigbag is included.