Up for sale, a 2001 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in excellent, 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.
Taking advantage of one of the player-friendly options offered with this model from the factory, this Tele has been fitted with the included .047 tone cap (eschewing the far less usable '50s-style wiring). At 8lbs, this Tele has a natural authority and smooth sustain, chiming with the best and delivering the sinewy snap and chewy twang that put Fender on the map over 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 here at 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 baseball batty as later ’52 American Vintage profiles, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The 1.650" nut, 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and vintage-style fretwire will feel intuitive and comfortable to any Fender fan, and the frets retain their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. 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 oaf the factory stamps are present, with a pencil dated neck heel and date stamp in the pocket which reads Jan 09, 2001.
All of the electronics work as they should, with Fender's Broadcaster-style flat pole bridge pickup and CTS pots that date to the 51st week of 2000. The guitar's factory wiring has been updated with the included factory tone cap so that the guitar has the conventional Bridge/Neck+Bridge/Neck functionality. The original chrome control plate, knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming, while the trio of brass saddles show uniform surface patina.
The gloss nitro lacquer Butterscotch finish is accented by a single-ply black pickguard which shows a bit of requisite pick scuffing on the treble side. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a few lines of lacquer checking on the top and back, and just a few additional small nicks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, showing a small spot of finger wear through the gloss on the 3rd fret and a hint of palm wear through the finish on the fretboard edges in the 1st position.
The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included, along with the chrome "ashtray" bridge cover, hangtags, and uncommon serialized and dated COA.