Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-600 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Charcoal Burst gloss finish. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory, this Fender Japan exclusive model is particularly rare, with dark streaking in the transparent butterscotch gloss finish highlighting the grain of the American Basswood body. The lightly toasted appearance of this finish was officially christened Charcoal Burst by Fender Japan.
Notably loud acoustically with a gutsy, authoritative voice, this Tele is loaded with the original single coil pair, dishing out a twangy, bold bridge pickup sound. The flat-pole pickup has the punch and percussive cut associated with the very first Telecasters/Broadcasters, while the neck pickup is round and bell-like, still plenty bright and great for chiming chords or silky lead lines. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, 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 nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, with original slender fretwire that retains its full factory height. The frets are in great shape, showing moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-2 and a couple isolated spots of wear through the gloss on the fretboard in this area as well. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and function as intended. The neck heel and pocket retain the original matching TL52 model stamps, and the "Made in Japan" text and L-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.
The electronics function as intended, with full-size pots that date to 1991. The chrome plating on the control plate and domed knurled is notably clean, and the bridge has a trio of steel saddles. Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard and only a few minor marks on the body as a whole, largely on the lower bout on top. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
This rare and early Fujigen-made Telecaster model was only very briefly offered by Fender Japan, never sold outside its country of origin. Recently imported to the States, 100% original, and professionally setup, this Tele is an excellent example of the renowned quality of Fender Japan.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.