This is a Fender 52 Reissue Tobacco Foto Flame (front and back) 1997 CIJ Tele with all USA electronics. Every aspect of this body is built to the specifications of a 52 Telecaster right down to the routing in the body and the straight edge screws. This Foto model has a Tobacco flame on front AND back with an Alder body. The neck is the 52 chunky V shape made from Maple with the skunk stripe on back. This has a set of Fender Custom Shop 52 RI Pickups with Custom 4-way switching which does the following: Position #1 is the bridge, which delivers that true 52 biting Tele sound. Powerful. Position #2 is the 52 pickups together just like on a regular 52 Tele with that wonderful Tele rhythm sound. Position #3 is the 52 the neck Pickup with the powerful, full rich 52 sound. Position #4 is the neck and bridge pickup in a series, with make both pickups act as a combined humbucker and give a really powerful, full Les Paul sound.
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The Nocaster pickups themselves are just like any other set of tele pickups. Are you perhaps thinking about the vintage Nocaster wiring circuit? The diagrams that beatlfan has linked for you will get you half way there by including the “dark” position, but the Nocaster was different than the ’52 Telecaster Schematic circuit. In the ’52 tele circuit position 1 is bridge only with tone knob while in the nocaster circuit the knob which is usually tone serves as a blend know. The knob in the fully clockwise position is bridge only, while turning the knob counterclockwise blends increasing amounts of the neck pickup with absolutely no tone filtering. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I just adding this for clarification.
I’ll look for the circuit sheet that came with my nocatsre, but heck I’ve had it since 2001 (never modified it from vintage circuit) so no guarranties that I will find it. You might try googling 52 tele blend circuit.
First post! I just ran into a rather strange guitar at GC today and I cant seem to find ANY info on it online or even GC website. It was labeled a Standard Telecaster Butterscotch. It looks just like an AVI 52 RI Tele!
Anyone help with this guitar?! The body was butterscotch blonde, exactly the same finish as the 52 RI, the neck is about the same, the headstock had the old “spaghetti” Fender logo and tele logo EXACTLY like the 52RI, and even a vintage 3 saddle bridge. The knobs were flipped however, with the pup switch on the bottom instead of the top like ive seen on every other tele. The back is MIM and has a “Fender Special Edition” stamp. There wasn’t a single other one like it there. Cant find anything online. Thats why i cant find a pict to post here. Does anybody know about this Tele that can give me some info/insight to it?? I played her, and she plays fantastic too! Im really surprised. Hoping someone here can shed some light for me. Thanks!
–Its EXACTLY this, except ONE diff – the knob/switch are flipped upside down. Other than that, its completely the same as this American one head to
The neck pickup is very dark-sounding for use as a substitute for a bass. Most people find this setting unusable nowadays, so it’s more for historical accuracy that the 52RI comes with this wiring setup.
No one will scream “heresy” if you do the modern wiring conversion on a 52RI though….it will sound spectacular!
EDIT: Mark Davis was quicker on the draw on this one.
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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Die Modelle der American Vintage Series gehören schon seit Langem zu den meistverkauftesten Gitarren aus dem Hause Fender (die Einführung der Serie in den 1980er Jahren war das erste Lebenszeichen von Fender nach dem Ende der CBS-Ära). Heute hat Fender reinen Tisch gemacht und ebnet den Weg für eine neue American Vintage Serie mit neuen Features, neuen Spezifikationen und höchster Detailtreue. Anstatt die alten Modelle der Serie einfach durch andere zu ersetzen, haben wir einfach gleich das gesamte Vintage-Reissue-Konzept auf den Kopf gestellt. So kommen wieder die ursprünglichen Gusswerkzeuge zum Einsatz sowie neu abgestimmte Pickups, neuformulierte zeitgenössische Farben und vieles mehr. Als Vorlage dienten echte Vintage-Schätze, die wir ausfindig gemacht haben, um die größtmögliche Authentizität sicherzustellen. Wir haben unsere Hausaufgaben gemacht und unsere Arbeit trägt nun ihre Früchte: Ein wahrlich magischer Sound in jedem American Vintage Modell.
Nirgendwo sonst wird die Liebe zum Detail deutlicher als bei der American Vintage ‘52 Telecaster. Ihr Comeback bestreitet sie mit einem verfeinerten Korpus sowie einem verbesserten Hals und Pickups sowie den besten Features (Klang, Formgebung, Umfänge, Radien u.v.m.). Pate stand dabei eine erlesene Auswahl an ’52er Telecaster Gitarren, die wir hierfür gründlich unter die Lupe genommen haben. Zu den weiteren erstklassigen Features zählen ein Eschekorpus mit einem einlagigen, schwarzen Schlagbrett und hauchdünner Nitrolackierung in hellem „Butterscotch Blonde“, ein stark gewölbter Ahornhals mit „U”-Profil und großzügig abgerundeten Kanten, eine abgesenkte Kopflatte mit Schnecke für höheren Komfort in der ersten Lage, ein als längst verschollen geglaubter, versenkter „Barrel”-Switchtip, Vintage-Mechaniken mit klassischen Abstandsmerkmalen für eine absolut gerade Saitenführung über den Knochensattel, Vintage-Style Bridge mit drei Einzelreitern aus Messing sowie gerändelte „Chrome Domed”-Poti-Knöpfen.
I’m getting pretty serious about putting together a Telecaster. I’m stumped on which pickups to go after. I want that real vintage quintessential Telecaster tone. I’ve narrowed my build down to an ash body w/ maple neck & fretboard, Bridge & neck pu’s only with two controls & a switch. Of course, it will have the ashtray bridge & strings through the body. I’ve listened to some samples & Lollar 52’s seem to sound nice. I’m not settled on a brand & I’d like to get any preferences & thoughts you guy might have? The more research I do on this, the more confusing it seems to get..
The Fender American Vintage ’52 Telecaster is one of the longest production models ever to come from the Fender factory and harks back to a time when Cadillacs and Bobby Sox were just as popular as iPads and 3-D TV are now … This fabulous Vintage ’52 Telecaster re-issue from Fender is fastidiously period correct even down to the brass bridge saddles and ashtray-type bridge cover …
The Fender Telecaster was one of the key products that started Fender on the road to becoming a global brand reverred by millions, this Vintage Re-issued 1952 model proves the fact that the Fender Telecaster has changed very little since those early days. The Fender American Vintage ’52 re-issue uses a premium Ash body with Maple “U” shaped neck and 21 fret fretboardwith black dot position inlays, even the truss rod cover uses a period correct vintage type nut.
Sound is provided by 2 x American Vintage Tele single coil pick-ups which are managed by a master volume and master tone control along with a 3 way blade-type pick-up selector switch. For those who prefer the more contemporary option Fender include with this model an up-to date modern 6-saddle
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I am firmly in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” camp. Unless the sound is actually actively buggin you, let it be. I have a ’52 RI myself, but I also have a couple other Teles, and a variety of cheap to somewhat expensive guitars. Different is not necessarily worse.
Enjoy the guitar as is, and eventually see if you can play it in comparison to other peoples’ Teles. Unless the sound is really problematic, though, I’d leave it. If you should ever have to sell it, you just about never get the cost of any upgrades back.