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2011 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue TL52-TX Butterscotch w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-TX in 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 offering 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 9lbs 7oz and offering plenty of natural sustain and punch, we've had this Tele professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, black dot inlay, and stock slender fretwire. Frets 1-5 exhibit wear beneath all strings, with significant grooves primarily beneath the plain strings. Fretwear extends exclusively beneath the plain strings and grows gradually lighter until the octave, and the guitar plays well up the straight neck. The neck has Fender's traditional 25 1/2" scale length, and the nut measures a full 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 U-prefix serial are present just 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 which show some surface patina, while the control plate and domed knurled knobs have particularly clean 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. The guitar exhibits some dings and one finish chip on the lower body edge with some requisite pick wear across the strum path, scattered minor nicks on the bass-side lower bout on top, and just a few additional faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A vintage Fender Japan faux leather gigbag is included.