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1994 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue Butterscotch Foto Flame, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1994 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. An early "Made in Japan" example crafted at the famed Fujigen factory and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Tele was a short lived model with a "Foto Flame" finish on the neck.

Traditional Tele tonewood ingredients include a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck, offering a resonant, snappy, and dynamically responsive platform for the single coil pair. Via the original Fender Japan-made single coils, the guitar dishes out plenty of chewy twang and percussive cut, and these pickups excel and both crystalline sparkle and smooth warmth. The guitar weighs 7lbs 4oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has an ambered "Foto Flame" wrap, essentially a pattern printed to appear like heavily figured flame maple applied over the plain maple neck and fingerboard. The profile has a slender C shape with nicely rounded shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The slender vintage-style frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns and just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays well in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The neck has Fender's traditional 25 1/2" scale length, with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and 42.5mm nut (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Above the four-bolt neck plate, the "Made in Japan" text and S-prefix serial number is intact.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the stock three-way blade pickup selector and Volume and Tone knobs to govern the pickup pair. The Tone pot is also a brand new USA-made CTS 250k replacement. Hardware includes the bridge with a trio of steel saddles, and a gleaming chrome control plate and pair of domed knurled knobs. The Butterscotch gloss finish is subtly transparent, accented by a single-ply pickguard which shows a bit of faint pick scuffing. Cosmetic wear on the body is otherwise limited to a few very light scuffs in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and similarly restrained wear on top. The neck shows a couple of the extremely common slight splits in the Foto Flame veneer at either end of the profile, smoothed and touched-up perfectly flush with the surrounding finish. There is one small spot of missing “flame” just forward of the skunk stripe, also filled and silky smooth to the touch.

The original Fender-branded gig bag is included.