First bone of contention: the blonde finish. Chris Fleming says: “It looks to me – this is what we believe – that the 1952 fender 52 reissue telecaste 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 ‘ fender 52 reissue telecaste, 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 ‘ fender 52 reissue telecaste, 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.”
There are a couple of tiny marks on the front of the vintage hot rod 52 telecaster (near the three-way switch), a few insignificant “dings” on the body, a small amount of wear to the edges of the fretboard and the frets, and a small amount of playing wear, mainly on the edges, where the vintage hot rod 52 telecaster has rubbed against the player’s body. The fretboard itself is remarkably clean with only a few small wear spots on the first five frets. The Butterscotch has mellowed to a rich, creamy color. The lovely grain of the ash body shows very well through the Blond finish and this fifty-six year old gem is quite simply one of the best “black-guard” Telecasters that we have ever seen. Complete with fender 52 hot rod telecaster’s original “ashtray” bridge cover.
In retrospect, their most striking features of fender 52 hot rod telecaster — at least cosmetically speaking — are a typical yellowed blonde finish (a.k.a. ‘butterscotch’ finish) and a black pickguard, hence the often cited notion of early ‘black guard’ Tellies. The combination of the two actually gives a distinct look to the early 50s models, which are otherwise considered by many as the ultimate classic Telecaster guitar because of their tone…Besides its peculiar hue, the original blonde finish nicely showcases the ash body heavy grain pattern that later whiter finishes would subdue… marks the beginning of a number of changes in the appointments of Telecaster guitars.
James Burton fender telecaster 52 is a model from the Artist Series in Fender`s catalog. It comes with a solid Telecaster body made of ash. Ash is an alternative Fender sometimes uses instead of alder. Body is flat, single cut and it`s topped with a plastic white pickguard of fender telecaster 52. Besides it`s primary function, Telecaster`s pickguard also serves as the electronics cover.
One plain metal-cover “black-bottom” pickup with slot-head adjusting screws (at neck) with an output of 6.30k, and fender telecaster 52 has one black six-polepiece “copper-coated metal plate bottom” pickup with flush polepieces (angled in bridgeplate) with an output of 6.79k. Single-ply black Bakelite pickguard with five slot-head screws. Two controls (one volume, one blender) plus three-way “tone” switch (with slot-head screws) and original “patent number” black plastic “barrel-like” tip, all on metal plate adjoining pickguard. Shorter chrome knobs with more pronounced domes and heavy knurled sides. fender telecaster 52 combined bridge/tailpiece with three (flat-ground on bottom) brass saddles. Serial number (“0382”) on the bridge plate beneath the words “FENDER/PAT. PEND.” The neck is dated in pencil “TG 3-6-52” and the body neck-pocket is dated in pencil “TG 3-3-52” One of the potentiometers is stamped “CMG 140 203” (Clarostat January 1952) and the three-way switch is stamped “CRL 1452.” This guitar is in remarkably fine condition.
Shorter chrome knobs of fender telecaster 52 relic with more pronounced domes and heavy knurled sides. fender telecaster 52 relic combined bridge/tailpiece with three (flat-ground on bottom) brass saddles. Serial number (“0382”) on the bridge plate beneath the words “FENDER/PAT. PEND.” The neck of fender telecaster 52 relic is dated in pencil “TG 3-6-52” and the body neck-pocket is dated in pencil “TG 3-3-52” One of the potentiometers is stamped “CMG 140 203” (Clarostat January 1952) and the three-way switch is stamped “CRL 1452.” fender telecaster 52 relic guitar is in remarkably fine condition. There are a couple of tiny marks on the front of the guitar (near the three-way switch), a few insignificant “dings” on the body, a small amount of wear to the edges of the fretboard and the frets, and a small amount of playing wear, mainly on the edges, where the fender telecaster 52 relic guitar has rubbed against the player’s body. The fretboard itself is remarkably clean with only a few small wear spots on the first five frets. The Butterscotch of fender telecaster 52 relic has mellowed to a rich, creamy color.
52 telecaster guitar surrounds both single coil pickups installed on this model. Behind the pickups Fender installs the famous “tray” bridge with chrome plating and three saddles. Neck on this model is equipped with a regular U contour and bolt-on joint. 52 telecaster has maple neck is topped with a 21-fret maple fingerboard. Medium jumbo frets, black dot inlays, 1.65″ synthetic bone string nut and 9.50″ radius are featured on the fingerboard of 52 telecaster.
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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.