Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-TX in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Tele was built for the Japanese domestic market, 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, brass bridge saddles, 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 with 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 8lbs 9oz with plenty of natural sustain and punch, 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, black dot inlay, and flawless slender fretwire. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16" in width), carved of bone for optimal note clarity and resonance. The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and T-prefix serial are present 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, and the bridge base, knurled knobs and control plate have gleaming chrome 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.
The Butterscotch gloss finish is particularly rich, highlighting the very dynamic grain patterns of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few shallow dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, while the gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.