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


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-80TX in exceptional, 100% original 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 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. Lightweight and lively at 7lbs 2oz, 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, deep V profile carve that offers plenty of substance and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .940” deep at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, black dot inlay, and stock slender fretwire that shows sparingly little wear. The guitar plays well 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 bone nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"). The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt neck plate (which itself retains its factory Texas Special sticker).

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 which show light 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 the guard has a bit of requisite pick scuffing. The Butterscotch gloss finish highlights the prominent grain of the ash body, with very little wear to report. The neck profile has a nigh flawless ambered gloss.

A padded leather gigbag is included.