Up for sale, a 2002 Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster in excellent 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 8lbs 2oz, 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 always 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 U-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .920" 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 date stamps spanning April-May '02.
All of the electronics work as they should, with Fender's Broadcaster-style flat pole bridge pickup and modern three-way pickup selector wiring (eliminating the "dark cap," and offering standard Bridge, Bridge+Neck, Neck functionality). The original chrome control plate, domed knobs, and neck plate are positively gleaming, and even the original "ashtray" bridge cover is included to cap the serialized bridge base which has its trio of aged brass saddles. This guitar used all flathead mounting screws to match vintage spec too.
The Butterscotch finish has good transparency, highlighting the grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear includes one small ding on top just beyond the control plate, one finish chip north of the rear strap button, and a few additional minor nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, and there is light rack rash behind the nut.
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. The optional six-saddle bridge offered with this model from the factory is present too.