Up for sale, a 1994 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed G&G hardshell case. One of the most popular (and now discontinued) USA-made Fender reissues, the American Vintage '52 Telecaster is an exceedingly rare example with an original custom color Candy Apple Red finish over the ash body. This custom color model was a special order for Fender's Japanese distributor Yamano, not available in the USA market.
At 7lbs, this Tele is featherweight, offering plenty of midrange complexity and sonic authority, delivering the chewy twang and bell-like cut that put Fender on the map over seven decades ago. And while technically the white pickguard and staggered pole bridge pickup would be indicative of a 1955 model, we've kept to the '52 designation, given that it was the only 1950s Tele model available in the American Vintage series at the time of production. We've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, slinky action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped carve with generous shoulder in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edge. While not as fat as later ’52 American Vintage profiles, this neck has ideal substance with an effortless feel, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with fainter wear extending to fret 11. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and on the headstock, the original Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel is pencil dated, reading 2-21-94.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a staggered pole bridge pickup and three-way pickup selector. The original CTS pots date to the 37th week of '93, The original chrome control plate, domed knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming, and this guitar used all flathead mounting screws to match vintage spec too. Plastics include the original white one-ply pickguard.
The original Candy Apple Red gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, incredibly well-kept and virtually unseen given the limited nature of this Yamano special order. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint finish scratches and tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included.