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Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde

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Get the Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar and you'll be using it at most of your gigs. All original specs are adhered to in this faithful reissue, including neck shape, fingerboard radius, hardware, pickups, and electronics. Features two new American Vintage Tele pickups and the original Tele bridge, premium ash body, and a tinted maple neck.

  • Premium ash body
  • Butterscotch blond nitrocellulose finish
  • Tinted maple neck
  • Original Tele bridge
  • 21 vintage-style pickups with vintage pickup switching
  • Cloth-wrapped wire
  • Wiring kit for modern switching conversion
  • Vintage-style bridge with 3 brass barrel saddles
  • Ashtray bridge cover
  • Vintage leather strap
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FenderAmerican Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar

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(32 of 47 customers found this review helpful)


A second chance.

By Elvis' natural successor

from Deptford, NJ

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

My ex wife had free legal services from her teachers' union in Philadelphia. Suffice it to say she routinely took me to family court where each time I was obliged to pay for my own legal council. During one of these outrages I was forced to sell an original '52 Fender Telecaster for $twenty five hundred bucks. Last year my new wife saw me reading a Musician's Friend catalogue and offered to buy me this '52 Telly reissue. Though less valuable than my origianl guitar it looks, feels, and plays exactly the same. This guitar is nervana! It has both the growl of a Les Paul and the classic twang of a Fender. I swear this instrument is better looking than Angelina Jolie. The old saw "you get what you pay for" lives in this axe - buy it!

(29 of 31 customers found this review helpful)


THE Tele

By GuitarGuru

from Arlington, TX

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased a 52 reissue Telecaster custom with a bisgby hardtail tremolo. From the factory, this has been the best set up guitar I have ever seen (owning 7 guitars). The sound, amazing. Deep warm to that Tele twang everyone loves, its there. Playability, frets so easy you could hammer on/ pull off a whole song and no one would even know. The neck was so smooth and fast, and the slim taper neck just makes it so much easier. The beautiful butterscotch finish is impeccable and there were no flaws on the guitar when I recieved it. I happen to own one with a Bigsby licensed Fender hardtail tremolo which makes this one sweet guitar. The only thing I would say that some dislike (personal preference) is that you cannot select both pickups at one time. It has a back pickup position. A front pickup position. And a front pickup with the highs rolled off, not both pickups. I prefer this classic wiring, but Fender makes a cheap kit to convert the wiring into the standard tele while keeping the same vintage sound. Overall this is the best Telecaster that you can buy, beats out all their custom shop ones. Highly Recommended

(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Tele Twang

By Goldtop26

from Phoenix, Az

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I recently went into a Guitar Center looking for a Tele that had all the specifications, sound, and playibility that I wanted without a price tag heavier than the guitar. I went through several in the Guitar Center in Scottsdale including a Highway One, Baja Tele, Ash Deluxe, '72 Custom, and several other excellent guitars but none of them stood out like this one did. I have had my eye on it for a while but was questioning the vintage tone circuit,and the finish (which looks slightly ugly online). So when I saw it in the Fender room I didn't know whether it was the same guitar because the finish looked so much better (and so less orange). I picked it up and sure enough it was the '52 Reissue. I played it for about an hour manipulating sweet blues tunes, and then some heavy jazz and the guitar continued to match every style I hit. It was a brilliant instrument and was already set up perfectly. For some reason the one I picked up had already had the circuit "modernized" but the three saddle bridge was still on it so it still had that unresistable vintage look and feel. Definately a guitar worth the price tag. I completely recommend it to all aspiring or current blues musicians, although it handles rock extremely well too. This will most certainly be my next guitar and shall match up to my Gibson Les Paul quite well. Fender did an excellent job with this great guitar. A++++++++++++

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


50's Twang Deluxe

By DentonBlueBoy

from Denton, Texas

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I often drooled over '52 Telecasters at guitar shows but I can't justify buying a guitar for the price of decent used car. There is also the theft problem: gigging with a collectable guitar is a magnet for crooks. Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen have security staff to watch over their gear but I don't. It would be a crime not to play a cool old guitar but it's not practical to keep it handcuffed to my wrist off stage. When Fender came out with the '52 reissue Telecaster my prayers were answered. I have played originals and this reissue feels, looks, plays, and sounds like its namesake. It even comes with the original tone capacitor that most everyone removed back in the 50's. The finish is immaculate, better than many of the originals I've seen. Fender got it right in '52 with Butterscotch Blonde and the reissue is true to the original. The hardware is the same as the '52 original too, which some people may not like. Unlike modern Telecasters there are three brass bridges so string length is adjusted in pairs. I've seen people bend the adjuster screws to get slight differences for each string but I like the simplicity of the '52 bridge. I'm sure some people can hear intonation flaws but it's "good enough for jazz" as far as I'm concerned. The '52 reissue also comes with the "ashtray" bridge cover but, like most Tele pickers, I damp the bass strings with the heel of my palm so I leave it in the case. If you want the sound, look, and twang of a 50's Tele you need this guitar. It's perfect for Country, Rockabilly, Blues, and Rock 'n' Roll. I love mine!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Surprisingly Versatile

By pmeinecke

from Toledo, OH

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I picked up this guitar looking for that vintage tele sound I know and love and I was astounded I put it on the neck pickup and found a warm sound that sounded downright jazzy. Surprised, I switched to the neck pickup and was met with that good ol' tele twang. Naturally I purchased it, took it hame and plugged it into my deluxe reverb and it sounded great. As far as playability goes it also delivered. While it wasn;t the fastest neck it was still great. In short I recommend this guitar based on its playability and sound. It also looks great and I feel like Keith Richards and Bruce ASpringsteen When ever I play It. It is easily one of the best tele's fender has made.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


New # 1 Guitar

By mad skillz mahk

from Saginaw MI

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I always thought Tele's were old fashioned and only good for country twang. Well, now I know better. I picked up my '52RI a few months ago and it is now my go to guitar. The neck is amazing, very full, with smallish vintage frets. It has a 7.25" radius, which is more curved than most, I like it a lot. I also love the tinted finish on it, it just drips with class. The pups are vintage and sound very different. The neck pup is very clear, great for rhythm playing or blues licks. The neck pickup is bright, and depending on your amp and where you have the volume control, it can sound clear or downright nasty. With both pickups, the sound is amazing, very chimey and clear though my Vox AC-15. On most guitars, the sound turns to mud when you back off the tone control. On the '52 Tele it us usable throughout the entire range. It is really amazing. Another great thing is the dynamic range. This guitar is amazingly expressive. If your chops are good, this is a good thing. If you play sloppy this guitar can be unforgiving. It sounds and plays extremely well. Overall fit and finish is excellent. My only issue is with the supplied bridges. The brass three saddle bridge does not allow perfect intonation. I tried some high cost custom saddles, they were better but not good enough for me. The stock six saddle bridge that comes in the case is not very good, so I bought a Gotoh six saddle bridge and installed it in about 10 minutes. The guitar now sparkles with crystal clear in-tune chords all the way up and down the neck. If you can afford one of these, you will not be disappointed.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Don't let the vintage design fool you

By Stan

from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I already own several "modern" guitars (a Les Paul Classic and an American Std Strat) so when I decided to buy my first Tele, I wanted to get a guitar with vintage specs. I bought this guitar expecting to make many compromises in tone and playability, but I didn't really care as I was after a vintage design. To my surprise I found this to be an extremely solid, versatile guitar. Others have complained about the "tackiness" of the lacquer on the neck, but I found no such issues. I admit I found string bending a little more difficult at the beginning, but after three days I was used to it. Most surprising is the beautiful tone this guitar produces. The quality of the sound is much better than my American Standard Strat, so much so that I'm planning to upgrade the pickups on that guitar to bring it up to par. In addition, I find the tele to be more versatile - It sounds best with clean tones, but can handle a moderate level of overdrive as well, making it great for vintage sounding hard rock. And right out of the box this instrument was setup perfectly. Both of my Fender instruments were excellent in this regard, so kudos to the team in Corona. So even though this instrument is built upon a vintage design, it performs just as well if not better than many modern designs.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


one banging guitar

By RagTop

from Houston, TX

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I have owned many teles and i love them all but my favorite thing about this one is that it seems to be more versatil while still keeping the simplicity. The rhythms are alot smoother in the mid position but at the same time you can switch to the bridge to get a real tele bite. Also the tone know seems to work more like a volume in the 8-10 positions, this really comes in handy for switching from rhythm to lead. Highly recomended guitar not for everyone but deffinatley for me

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Starting purely ...

By Zach Leybick

from Virginia Beach, VA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Starting purely aesthetically, this guitar is quite the looker. To be honest, often times I find myself hard-pressed to notice a difference, visually, between most high end Fender's and their Squier counterparts. This, however, is an entirely different case. This guitar looks amazing, from the butterscotch blonde finish, to the laminated maple neck. Past the visual aspect of things though, the sound is what really matters, and this USA-made tele does not disappoint. I'm A/Bing it with a Roland JC-120 and a B-52 AT-100 stack, and they both sound amazing. I've never been interested in playing open and barre chords on an electric guitar, but with this one, I can hardly help myself, they're just so articulate, and you can really hear every note. When I use my Line 6 DL4, it's the sound I always dreamed of. If you're playing rock n' roll or some weird stuff, this is your guitar. The twang is there, the bite is there, and tons of extras as well, like the modern 6-saddle bridge, and neck pickup wiring kit.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


This is one Hot Tele

By Jaybo377

from prestonsburg, KY

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I was always a big fan of the 52 Telecaster, this reissue stays true to the orginal. The finish alone on this guitar is immaculate. The tranparent Butterscotch Blonde finish is beautiful. The neck radius and the hardare is to exact specification of the 52 Telecaster. This is one Awesome Telecaster.

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