Up for sale, a left-handed 2008 Fender American Vintage ‘52 Telecaster in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original G&G tweed hardshell case. 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.
This Tele has a distinctive natural heft and rich sustain, with the natural midrange inherent in ash as a tonewood. The original pair of single coil pickups deliver a bevy of quintessential Telecaster tonalities; the bridge is chewy and twangy, and the neck has a bell-like fullness while retaining articulation. This Tele weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck splits the difference between a U shape and very soft V at the nut, gaining additional shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and the original slender frets are practically perfect, with well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The four-bolt neck plate retains the factory American flag “Made in the USA” sticker, and the neck heel and pocket have a bevy of factory stamps, with a neck heel stamp from September 30th, 2008.
All of the electronics work as they should, with Fender's Broadcaster-style flat pole bridge pickup and vintage-spec three-way pickup selector wiring (Bridge/Neck/Neck+dark cap). The original chrome control plate, domed knurled knobs, and neck plate are very clean, and the original "ashtray" bridge cover is included. capping the serialized bridge base which has its trio of brass saddles. This guitar used all flathead mounting screws to match vintage spec, and plastics comprise the one-ply black pickguard and switch tip.
The Butterscotch finish has good transparency, highlighting the grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few microscopic nicks and faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.
The original Fender G&G tweed hardshell case with orange interior is included, along with the six-saddle bridge included from the factory.