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      Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar (512138)
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Luscious custom-shop touches for modern playability and tone!

The Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster takes the best of old and new Fender craftsmanship to create a fantastic guitar built for the serious player! Visually very accurate to the look of a '52 Telecaster, it has a list of sought-after Custom Shop upgrades to make any Tele player drool. It's got a top-of-the-line thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish that ages quickly and beautifully as well as letting the natural tone of the wood shine. The neck has been streamlined for smooth playability with a satin-finish back, 9.5" fingerboard radius, and medium-jumbo frets. The three brass saddles on the vintage-style Tele bridge are compensated to allow for more accurate intonation. And a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini-Humbucker at the neck and a custom-wound Tele bridge pickup deliver the hot tones called for in modern music.

The rest of its features are true-blue '52 Tele, like the American Vintage model it's based on: a premium ash body, one-piece maple neck with U-shape profile, Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners, a one-ply black pickguard, and chrome hardware.

The U.S. Vintage Hot Rod Series from Fender offers new instruments with specs, looks and features that make them feel as if you were the third owner of a vintage instrument. Here's your chance to own that beautiful player's guitar, but in brand new shape and freshly set-up from the Fender factory!

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Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Thin-skin nitrocellulose finish
    Premium ash body
    1-piece maple neck
    U-shape profile with satin finish on back
    9.5" fingerboard radius
    21 medium-jumbo frets
    25.5" scale length
    Nut width: 1.650"
    Chrome hardware
    Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
    Vintage-style Tele bridge with 3 compensated brass saddles
    1-ply black pickguard
    Custom Vintage Tele bridge pickup
    Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker neck pickup
    3-position blade pickup selector
    Master volume and tone controls
    Setup with Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel strings (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
    Includes Vintage Tweed Case, Strap and Cable.




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  • Hands down amazing guitar

    As reviewed by Hobnocker on 4/18/2010

    I picked this guitar up at GC and it sounds amazing. It's nitrocellulose finish is very pretty and glossy. The wood finish really adds a nice touch. I LOVE the tuners. It strings like a bass guitar and is a ton easier to take off and restring unlike other standard tuning systems. It is VERY light. Although it's expensive it's WORTH IT! It has the tele twang but you can also make it soft sounding. The only problem I have with it is that the sixth string buzzes like crazy! But i'm sure it can be fixed.

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  • Better than CS Heavy Relic Tele w/ Humbucker I played!

    As reviewed by Nick on 3/7/2011

    I am stunned with this guitar and am so pleased that I got one--for the money, it's an absolute steal and truly plays/sounds like a dream. The first time I played one I also played a Heavy Relic Custom Shop Tele ($3600) with a Humbucker in the neck position, and the custom shop sounded flat and lame compared to the Hot Rod! My friends and the people listening to me play agreed too. The Hot Rod also played MUCH better, (wonderful, effortless neck) and it only had a factory setup--the CS Tele had an in house tech set it up before it went on the wall in the Platinum Room, I was told, and it still didn't play as well. It's an incredibly versatile guitar, and can go from punchy rockabilly riffs through my blackface 65 Fender Super Reverb, as well as "strat like" surf tones, to "les paul" type tones, as someone reviewed, though I think it sounds better than my Les Pauls. Haha, but I'm a true believer when it comes to Fender. Every Fender I own is a true workhorse for me, and that's what I want out of a guitar! You will have no regrets! I was told by a good friend in California who deals in collectible guitars that Fender regards this as the best American Vintage piece that they have ever made, and most seem to agree! Oh yeah, I must also mention that the Butterscotch finish is gorgeous and certainly worth noting, and that the satin finish neck feels perfect!!! The pictures can barely do this Tele any justice. Enjoy for a lifetime!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Show quality, Stage performance

    As reviewed by andrew Hurt on 9/26/2011

    I bought this guitar as my first "show piece," meaning more than $1000. Basically when I felt my playing was getting better than the other guitar I had. Honestly, I wasn't much of a Fender guy, and I especially did not like Telecasters - until I saw this on the wall. It hit me like a tractor beam. I sat there and stared at it and eventually the sales guy (at Nashville GC) sensed my lust and took it down for me. The guitar fit like a glove, with a great, heavy weight. When I said I thought Telecasters were normally very light, he explained the swamp-ash could get really heavy, which I noticed also contributes to the long sustain. The SD in the neck sounds so sweet! The middle position is also super juicy. The bridge pickup is classic hot Tele. There's not too much bad I can say about this guitar - it sold me on Fenders and especially the Telecaster. The maple neck is nice and hard and very easy to fret notes on. Simply put: This is a classic guitar and is an inspiration to play. It has caused me to explore new types of music and tones. Also, I call it a show piece because when you open the case, it actually causes people to say "wow" because of it's striking beauty. If you have an inkling of curiosity toward this guitar, buy it. I've had it for two years now and I still feel like I just bought it yesterday. FOUR STARS: why? The bakelite can be VERY sensitive to heat changes, causing it to warp ever so slightly - for vintage guys, this can be desirable, but I was a bit surprised when it happened. Very common, and I like the look, but just wanted you to know ...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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