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Fender Telecaster 52 Keith Richards

Keith Richards Signature Model Telecaster

I received my CIJ Keith Richards model Tele from Archie Stone today. Got it at work and couldn’t wait to get it home to try it out.

First off, what a great looking axe. Nice white blond finish on what looks to be a 2-piece ash body with plenty of nice grain showing through. Tight neck pocket with a killer vintage U shaped neck. 7.25 radius and vintage frets, nice and smooth.
The brass 6 saddle bridge plate looks a little odd but not bad. I’ll probably change it to a vintage 3 saddle.
Gotoh tuners that are very smooth and hold tune well. Vintage 52RI string tree.

Domed control knobs and 3-way switch. 5 hole 1 ply pickguard with chrome covered humbucker and pickup ring.

Aesthetically – a very nice looking Tele.

Set up was fair. I had to tweak the action and intonation a little bit, but not bad.

Sound very nice unplugged. No fret buzz, Very harmonic to my ears.

I plugged it in to my Roland cube 30. What a great sounding axe.


I started with the bridge pup. To me, this sounds similar to the Nocaster in my Nashville. Fender Japan says it is a vintage Tele. With just a little delay, I got all the twang I could handle. About midway on the tone, I was getting the country style tones that are expected from a vintage bridge pup.

The Dragster humbucker I wasn’t sure about until I played along with some B.B. King tunes and this pup is so smooth, I was matching some of the licks and was very pleased. Not exact, but very nice bluesy tones.

With a little more volume, I got a little break-up that sounded just about right. I’ll have to try it in my Blues Juniorr to check out the tube tones with it. But so far, very pleasing to my ear.

OK, mid position… There was a thread that asked the question,” Does a Tele Jangle??”

To me the tones Keef got on the song “Brown Sugar” is a jangle to me. This position nails that tone to a tee. It’s definitely not a Rickenbacker tone, but it’s a very bright and ringing tone that will be very versatile by playing with the tone a bit.

All in all a very nice looking and playing Tele that I will be spending a lot of time with.


The only changes I will be making are, adding straplocks and I will probably swap the bridge to a 3 saddle vintage style. I’ll review again after the change and quite a bit more playtime.

Greg Beecher (FDP: riggergreg)

Fender 52 Telecaster Te Koop

Begin jaren negentig: ik sta op de muziekbeurs in Rotterdam. Tussen de bassen en gitaren van Rikkers Gitaarbouw staat ook mijn Rikkers-Tele bescheiden op de achtergrond. Je zou niet zeggen dat het een supergitaar is, dat weet alleen ikzelf. Er komen twee stokoude mannetjes voorbijlopen en die vragen of ze die Tele eens mogen vasthouden. “Tuurlijk, zal ik ‘m even inpluggen?” Nee, dat hoefde niet. Een van de twee pakt de gitaar op, zakt bijna door zijn rug (het is er één van goudeerlijk zwaar noord-amerikaans essen) zet ‘m snel weer terug en zegt “Dat is geen Tele! Thuis heb ik een ’52-er staan en die is ongeveer tien keer zo licht. Ik sla daar thuis de vliegen mee dood!”. De ander wou er nog wel even op spelen (country, kon-ie erg goed) maar vond het ook maar niks. Te weinig ‘tele-twang’. Ik moest wel lachen, maar leuk vond ik het niet…

We zijn inmiddels 13 jaar verder. Mijn enige gitaar is nog steeds die ‘supertele’ met ebbenhouten toets en inmiddels met humbuckers. Al jaren doe ik er alles mee en ik vraag me af hoe ver mijn gitaar afstaat van de oertele van de ouwe ‘vliegenvangers’.

Zoekend op de site van Fender (www.fender.com) verdwaal je bijkans in de soorten en varianten die tegenwoordig in wel 6 landen gefabriceerd worden. Ik zoek een fabrieksgitaar, dus de zogenaamde customshoppers vallen af. De gewone ‘American’ Teles wijken veel af van het eerste model. Een hoop Teles zijn van ‘hardwood’ dan wel ‘alder’ (= elzen, op zich prima maar hoort meer bij een Strat). Veel zijn voorzien van een hele hoop extra snufjes maar daar kom ik niet voor. En daar staat-ie: onder het kopje ‘American Vintage’, de 52-er telecaster. Gemaakt volgens de specificaties van 1952.

Historie  [top]
Geheel in de aard van de naoorlogse tijd was uitvinder Leo Fender in 1946 aan het experimenteren met de ‘spanish electric’. Zijn fabriekje maakte al versterkers, pa-systemen en electrisch vesterkte steelgitaren. De man speelde geen noot maar kwam toch op de proppen met de Esquire: een ‘slab cut’ simpel stuk essenhout met een maple hals en maple toets (allemaal binnenlands hout), en één elementje. Later kwam daar een haslelementje bij en werd de gitaar de Broadcaster gedoopt. Midden jaren ’50 (er werden maar enkele gitaren gemaakt, meer als bijzaak nog) wees de firma Gretsch de firmaFender op het feit dat zij de naam Broadcaster reeds gebruikten voor een drumstel en wist Alan Frost van de firma National Fender te overtuigen van het feit dat er in de hals een trussrod moest komen voor de stevigheid. Vandaar dat na een aantal maanden produceren van de zogenaamde ‘no-casters’ (Broadcasters met de naam eraf geknipt voordat het op de hals werd geplakt) de nieuwe naam Telecaster werd bedacht. De gitaar had nu twee elementen en een trussrod, een rondere halsvorm en gewijzigde electronika. In 1952 was deze echt vol in produktie en volgens deze specificaties worden de reissues gemaakt.

Fender Japan 52 Telecaster Keef Special

~SOLD~Fender Japan M.I.J. “L” series `52 Telecaster Special type
[USED Fender] $990.00
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A super solid street fightin’ machine, done up in the Keef kinda way, in Japan! Back before this became the “KR” model, it was the `52 Special. Brass bridge, `bucker in the neck etc. Thus is one of the heaviest Japan made Teles we have ever had, so it sustains for days*. Neck is a nice thin “C” ,frets showing a little wear consistent with it’s age. Please get in touch for more pics & details.

Comes with 12 month in-shop warranty & gigbag

Fender Telecaster 52 Gaucher

La série American Vintage a pendant longtemps procuré à Fender ses meilleures ventes de guitares. Sa commercialisation, au début des années 80, était en fait l’un des signes avant-coureurs du retour fracassant de Fender, tandis que s’achevait le règne de CBS. Aujourd’hui, c’est non sans audace que Fender repart de zéro pour présenter une série American Vintage originale comportant de nouvelles caractéristiques et spécificités, ainsi que le plus haut niveau de précision vintage jamais atteint. Au lieu de purement et simplement remplacer nos anciens modèles, nous avons repensé le concept de la réédition vintage de A à Z, en restaurant les outils originaux, en élaborant de nouveaux micros, en retravaillant les couleurs vintage, et plus encore. Pour ne rien laisser au hasard, cette nouvelle aspiration est basée sur d’authentiques guitares vintage. Le contrat a été rempli, et pour preuve : chaque instrument American Vintage délivre une sonorité tout bonnement magique.

C’est avec l’American Vintage ’52 Telecaster pour gauchers que le souci du détail est le plus frappant : c’est le grand retour aux fondamentaux, avec un corps, un manche et des micros se targuant des meilleures caractéristiques possibles (sonorité, courbes, pourtours, radius, etc.) et s’inspirant de quelques modèles ’52 Telecaster. Parmi les caractéristiques haut de gamme, on trouve un corps en frêne équipé d’une Plaque de protection noire à un pli avec finition en fine laque de nitrocellulose (coloris Butterscotch Blonde plus clair), un manche épais en érable en forme de « U » aux rebords généreusement enroulés, une volute de tête sculptée garantissant un confort supérieur en première position, un capuchon de sélecteur cylindrique remis au goût du jour, un espacement des mécaniques vintage permettant aux cordes de passer réellement au-dessus du sillet (en os), un Chevalet vintage doté de trois pontets en laiton, et des potentiomètres de contrôle bombés, chromés et moletés.

Fender 52 Telecaster Guitar

Here is a like new a Fender Select Telecaster HH with a Malaysian Blackwood top, Birdseye Maple neck, Wide Range pickups, S1 Switching & Locking tuners. Just taken in on trade from a dealer, still has plastic over the pickups. Includes original hardshell case and all case candy. Original list price on this model is $2999.99 with a street price of $2149.99. Don’t miss out of this one!

The highly acclaimed Fender Select series introduces an all-new lineup for 2013. These finely crafted guitars and basses put decades of Fender expertise on display, with elegant features and design options for discerning musicians everywhere. Experience the latest figured tops, beautiful finishes, choice tone woods, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fingerboards, an innovative new “inlaid” fingerboard design on two of the models, specially voiced pickups, and several new first-rate features that mark Fender’s top-line best as remarkable instruments.
The new Fender Select Telecaster® HH is powerful, beautiful and light, with a potent pair of Wide Range Special humbucking pickups, chambered alder body, gorgeous Malaysian blackwood top, comfortable back contour and Natural gloss lacquer finish. Its modern “C”-shaped birdseye maple neck has a comfortable contoured heel, satin lacquer finish and Bi-Flex™ truss rod system; the compound radius birdseye maple fingerboard (9.5″-14″) has 22 medium jumbo frets and a gloss lacquer finish.
Other premium features include three-way pickup switching, heavy-knurled chrome controls with tone-knob S-1 switch for even greater tonal versatility, an American Series Telecaster bridge with block saddles, deluxe staggered locking tuners and Fender Select headstock medallion.

52 Reissue Telecaster Guitar Center

There are some very important years in the history of mankind. 0 AD and the birth of Christ, 1215 and The Magna Carta, and 1952 the year the Fender Telecaster finally arrived for all the world to see and love. Fender have been making their tribute to this for quite a number of years now, and it has not waned in popularity at all. The features are all about the vintage, albeit with a get-out clause in the shape of a modern wiring upgrade kit for those of you who like the looks but not the old style wiring format. Other standout features include a premium ash body, one-piece U-shaped maple neck with 7.25″-radius fingerboard, single-ply black pickguard and original Tele circuit with three-position switch, brass bridge saddles and ashtray bridge cover. It’s a modern classic of a classic, and as authorised Fender dealers, Wunjo Guitars can get you one from new anytime. Tweed case included.

52 Fender Telecaster Parts

Fender has spent the last 30 years re-learning its past and with the new American Vintage range has homed in on what it sees as the three essential vintage Teles: the quintessential ash-bodied ‘black guard’ ’52; the slimmer-necked ’58 (reviewed here), also in ash; and the rosewood ‘board ’64 that’s generally alder-bodied, but employing ash for the White Blonde colour option. Fender has gone to town on accuracy, too, having used several great originals as benchmarks.

First bone of contention: the blonde finish. Chris Fleming says: “It looks to me – this is what we believe – that the 1952 Teles were originally blonde and they turned a bit brown-ish or butterscotch or yellow over a period of time because of the formulation of the lacquer they used. Then in ’65 or so the lacquer changed and it stopped yellowing in that way and started looking like the American Vintage ’58 Telecaster, which is kind of a whiter blonde. After the colour we put on a thin clear top coat.

“So all of the guitars have a base, white wash coat but the blond Teles and the one blonde Strat all have a sunburst around the edges in white, including the ’52 Tele, which then gets its extra colour. We spent a lot of time on this and it was really hard for production to get consistent colour matches. But now we’re pretty happy.”

The new ‘Flash Coat’ lacquer finish does drag, but we found a silicon-impregnated cloth helped. For certain, this guitar feels tougher to play than more modern Standards and super-tweaked Custom Shop models. Tougher isn’t always negative, however – many players insist on some fight in the guitar to bring out the best in their technique and tone.

52 Fender Telecaster Reissue Serial Numbers

That’s just the way they did it back then (say 1950-1954) on the Broadcaster/”Nocaster”/Telecaster so they recreated it for the AV ’52. Side note – the very earliest Strats in 1954 had the serial number engraved on the plastic back plate that covers the trem springs – which a lot of folks simply removed to make string changes easier. I know the Strats switched to having the serial number on metal neck plate after those first few months of production in 1954; I would have to assume that Teles also switched about the same time.

I had a 2004; it did have a “certificate” with the serial number as well, which is a good thing since the guitar also came with an additional 6-saddle vintage bridge (in the case, not installed) that did not have a serial number on it.

52 Fender Telecaster For Sale

Fender Telecaster, serial number 1508. This is the first year of the ’52 reissue, made in the U.S.A. After 1982, these were made in Japan. One owner for 30 years. All parts original EXCEPT for a Seymour Duncan vintage rhythm (neck) pickup. Comes with original tweed case with key, removable “ash tray” bridge cover, rhythm pickup cover (currently removed), wiring diagram, optional vintage capacitor, desiccant gel pack, certificate of authenticity. The original cloth/vinyl Fender shoulder strap is missing. Will include Gotoh six-saddle replacement bridge if you want. This guitar has been PLAYED– the original butterscotch finish is moderately checked with a few nicks and scratches, moderate fret wear. The case is clean inside, scuffed a bit on the exterior corners, but otherwise in fine condition. Lots of Tele TWANG. $2,000. Photos on Craigslist. Will consider trade (+/- cash) for a decent Fender Thinline Telecaster.

52 Fender Telecaster Hot Rod

For instance it has a 9.5-inch radius fingerboard as opposed to the 7.25″ that the regular 52 reissues have.

It also has the Medium Jumbo frets instead of the smaller Vintage style frets.

She felt good in my hands, and also helped to make bending a little easier…  :)
The feel of the neck is what I think made me prefer the Hot Rod, over the others tele’s I played.

I am finding I like the 9.5-inch radius fingerboard, and it’s just the right thickness for me.
Not a telephone pole, but not the 60’s slim taper on my LP either.
Right in the middle.

I also love how rounded the fretboard is on the sides of the neck. So nice… My entry level Gibson LP has much sharper edges.

When your running with the wider neck, this is a nice feature for sure.  ;)

I was only shopping for a Tele, but it having a humbucker was not an initial requirement. Its just the way things worked out…

Now I love having the humbucker too. I feel like this guitar does from clean to mean extremely well.
(Or at least as mean as I need it to get.)

When I was buying my Tele from GC, the sales dude told me ‘You know your buying the best sounding guitar we have in here…’

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