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1991 Fender Telecaster '52 Vintage Reissue TL52-70 Butterscotch Japan MIJ Fujigen w/ USA Pickup


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Telecaster '52 vintage reissue model TL52-70 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An early "Made in Japan" example with an A-prefix serial number crafted at the famed Fujigen factory and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Tele is an upper-tiered model with numerous vintage-correct features including black bobbin pickups, brass bridge saddles, flathead screws used throughout, and a pencil dated neck heel.

 The pickup compliment includes the original neck position single coil with push-back cloth-covered leads, paired with a brand new Fender American Original bridge pickup which closely matches vintage spec with flat pole pieces and black bobbin flatwork. Traditional Tele tonewood ingredients include a solid ash body and one-piece maple neck, offering a resonant, snappy, and dynamically responsive platform for the single coil pair. With chewy twang with plenty of edge and percussive cut, these pickups excel and both crystalline sparkle and smooth warmth. The guitar weighs 7lbs 12oz and has been dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with slight shoulders and a fast feel, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The slender vintage-style frets show moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, with fainter wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 6 and corresponding wear through the fretboard gloss on frets 1-2. The guitar plays well in ever register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The neck has Fender's traditional 25 1/2" scale length, with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The nut measures just shy of 1 11/16" in width (1.665"). The headstock sports a set of original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate, the "Made in Japan" text is present, and the neck heel is pencil dated 11-8-91. The neck pocket is stamped with the TL52-70 model number.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the stock three-way blade pickup selector and original full-size potentiometers which date to '91. The ash body has a rich transparent Butterscotch finish, showcasing the prominent grain of the wood, accented by a one-ply black pickguard. The vintage-style bridge has a trio of brass saddles, and the bridge base is stamped with the A-prefix serial number. The chrome hardware is notably clean on the knurled, domed knobs and control plate, with light patina on the bridge base and saddles. Extremely well-kept, cosmetic wear includes one small finish chip adjacent to the input jack and a few additional faint finish scratches and ancillary minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth ambered gloss with just a few scattered marks on the profile carve, yet nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.

A Fender-branded gig bag is included.