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2008 Fender '52 Telecaster TL52-SPL Keith Richards Micawber, Butterscotch w/ Hangtags, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2008 Fender Telecaster ‘52 vintage reissue model TL52-SPL in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original factory paperwork and padded gigbag. This uncommon Fender Japan model is a recreation of Keith Richard’s “Micawber” #1 Telecaster, with a six-saddle bridge, traditional Tele (TL-Vintage) flat-pole bridge pickup, full-size neck position humbucker with mounting ring, and tuning machines with buttons that resemble the Sperzels Keith had installed in the '80s.

Tonewoods include a solid ash body and a one-piece maple neck. This guitar can easily deliver Keef’s cutting, powerful tones; offering smooth sustain and a dynamic, nuanced response with ample midrange heft and snappy, sparkling highs. This Tele weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the stock slender fretwire is flawless, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, and on the headstock, the original chrome-plated Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and T-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt "F" neck plate which shows light surface patina.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the original pickup complement comprises a TL-Vintage bridge pickup and Fender's "Dragster" humbucker at the neck, wired to the original harness with Master Volume and Tone knobs and a three-way pickup selector switch. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the dome-topped knobs, control plate, and bridge with steel saddles. The one-ply matte black pickguard rounds out the plastics.

Cosmetic wear on the Butterscotch gloss is limited to a small chip and a few light marks on top on the bass-side lower bout edge, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with all of the factory paperwork.