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2011 Fender '52 Telecaster TL52-SPL Keith Richards Micawber, Butterscotch, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Telecaster ‘52 vintage reissue model TL52-SPL in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original 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.

'50s spec tonewoods include an 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, 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 well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is pristine. 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 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the chrome-plated Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and U-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt "F" neck plate.

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 five-screw pickguard rounds out the plastics, still retaining the factory protective film.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Butterscotch finish (catalog: OWB/Off White Blonde) is limited to two spots of chipped finish on the back body edge. Beyond those marks, this Tele is very clean, with just a handful of faint scratches and one or two additional tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.