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2010 Fender Telecaster ‘52 Vintage Reissue TL52-TX Butterscotch w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Telecaster ‘52 vintage reissue model TL52-TX in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This discontinued “Made in Japan” Telecaster model was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, offering stiff competition for Fender’s American Vintage series instruments and uncommon 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 upper-tiered Telecaster delivers an array of traditional Fender tonalities, with extra midrange kick and boosted output. The neck pickup is fat and throaty, engaging both pickups in tandem is chiming and cutting, and the staggered pole bridge pickup has a chewy, snappy sparkle and twang. This Tele weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with good shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire exhibits moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-10 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 42.5mm in width (just shy of a full 1 11/16”). The headstock sports a round string tree and “spaghetti” logo, and the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. 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 governed by standard Tele controls (a three-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs). The vintage-style bridge retains the original trio of brass saddles, and the “Pat. Pend” bridge base, dome-topped 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.

Cosmetic wear on the Butterscotch gloss finish includes a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely on the back and on the lower bout on top. The smooth, deeply ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A Yamaha-branded gigbag is included.