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1998 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue TL52-80TX Butterscotch Japan CIJ w/ USA Pickups, V Neck


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Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-80TX in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Tele was built exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the Dyna Gakki factory, offering stiff competition for Fender's American Vintage series instruments and rarely seen outside its country of origin. Featuring an ash body, one-piece maple neck with a chunky soft V profile carve, and a pair of factory-installed Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups, this guitar delivers on the promise of a classic Tele tonal palette. Fat and throaty in the neck position, chiming and cutting in the middle, and offering a chewy, snappy sparkle and twang in the bridge position, this guitar covers traditional Tele ground, yet with the slightly overwound Texas Specials offering a bit more midrange fullness and kick. Offering a natural authoritative punch at 9lbs 14oz, we've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a chunky soft V profile carve that offers plenty of substance and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, black dot inlay, and stock slender fretwire. The frets exhibit moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with wear extending more faintly on the crowns until the octave. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The neck has Fender's traditional 25 1/2" scale length, and the nut measures 42mm in width (just a hair wider than 1 5/8"). The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The script "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial is present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the USA-made Fender Texas Special pickup pair wired to the stock harness. The vintage-style bridge retains the original trio of brass saddles with uniform surface patina, while the control plate, domed knurled knobs, and neck plate all have particularly clean plating. The body is accented by a one-ply matte black pickguard just like a genuine example from '52, and all flathead screws were used on this model further aligning with 1952 specs.

The Butterscotch gloss finish highlights the prominent grain of the ash body, with some finish chipping on the treble-side lower bout edge adjacent to the jack cup, and only a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile also retains its smooth, clean gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.