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.