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2002 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue TL52 w/ USA Pickups & V Neck, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A "Crafted in Japan" example rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Tele is an upper-tiered model with USA-made Fender black bobbin pickups and a deep V neck profile carve.

The pickup complement includes the original Fender USA black bobbin single coils with push-back cloth-covered leads and a flat-pole Broadcaster-style bridge pickup (not to be confused with the more hotly wound Texas Specials commonly seen). Traditional Tele tonewood ingredients include a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck, offering a resonant, snappy, and dynamically responsive platform for the single coil pair. With chewy twang and plenty of edge and percussive cut, these pickups excel and both crystalline sparkle and smooth warmth. The guitar weighs 7lbs 13oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a deep, prominent V profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measures .915” deep at the 1st fret and 1.015” at the 12th. The slender vintage-style frets retain their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays well in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The neck has Fender's traditional 25 1/2" scale length, with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius, while the nut measures 1.675" in width (just a hair shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way blade pickup selector and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The ash body has a rich transparent Butterscotch finish, showcasing the prominent grain of the wood, accented by a one-ply black pickguard. Hardware includes a vintage-style bridge with a trio of steel saddles, and the chrome plating is notably clean on the knurled, domed knobs and control plate, with light patina on the bridge base. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few dings on the back, particularly clustered at the bass-side waist, and just a few additional extremely faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole.

A faux leather form-fit gigbag is included.