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2002 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue TL52-80TX Butterscotch Japan CIJ w/ USA Pickups, V Neck


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-80TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Tele was built 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 prominent 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 the slightly overwound Texas Specials offer a bit more midrange fullness and kick. Weighing 7lbs 12oz, we've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a full, prominent V profile carve with just the right amount of depth and chunk, filling the palm and boasting lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .910” deep at the 1st fret and .999” 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 on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 7 with virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. 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 1 5/8" in width. The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial are 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.

Very well-kept and lightly played, cosmetic wear on the transparent Butterscotch gloss is limited to just a few dings on the lower bout edge of the slab body, and prominent pick wear across the strum path and through the gloss on the fretboard extension adjacent to the neck pickup. The ambered neck profile finish is clean and smooth.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.