Up for sale, a 1994 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed G&G hardshell case, hangtags, case candy, and COA. 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 3oz, 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 medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, not as fat as later ’52 American Vintage profiles, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-10. 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. On the neck heel and in the pocket, all of the factory stamps are present, with a pencil dated heel reading 8-15-94, and matching date stamp in the pocket which reads Aug 11, 1994.
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, domed knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming, and even the original "ashtray" bridge cover is included over the serialized bridge base. This guitar used all flathead mounting screws to match vintage spec too, and the screws show uniform surface patina as do the brass bridge saddles.
The Butterscotch finish has great transparency, highlighting the grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear includes some small finish chips along the lower bout body edge and to a lesser extent on the rest of the perimeter. There is also light buckle rash on the back (not through the gloss), and some requisite pick scuffing across the single-ply pickguard. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with some light indentations along the walnut skunk stripe that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included, along with all hangtags and factory paperwork, and the uncommon serialized and dated COA.