Left Handed 52 Telecaster

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.

Lollar 52 Telecaster Pickups

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..

Fender 52 Reissue Telecaster Left Handed

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

Lotus 52 Telecaster

 

Let’s see some pics!

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.

Lollar 52 Telecaster

Alnico III’s certainly have a sound of their own, and after trying a boatload of pickups over the years, they’ve become my first choice in all of my Teles for both the bridge and neck pickups. While I’m certain that the Lollar ’52 is a very nice pickup, I’ve often times found that Alnico II pups in the neck position can sometimes be a little muddy, especially if the guitar isn’t inherently bright in the first place. And, while an Alnico II will certainly tame the brightness in the bridge position, you may also find that you’ll lose some tonal qualities in favor of eliminating brightness.

That said, and from my own experience, you may very well find that a set of Alnico III pickups may work very well for you. In the neck position, I’ve found them to be quite warm and sweet sounding without being too muddy, and in the bridge position, they’ll most definitely cut some of the extreme highs that are typically known as “ice-pick” tones that many will find when using an Alnico V pup.

Another thing to consider is that Alnico III pickups will typically have a slightly lesser output than that of the A-II and A-V pups regardless of their resistance ratings, and if you’re looking for an output from a pickup for the sake of having more overdrive, it may not be the right pickup for you. On the other hand, if you’re not concerned about this, a great sounding amp and/or some cool overdrive pedals can certainly compensate for this.

Between Jason Lollar, Don Mare, Lindy Fralin, and amongst the many choices of dozens of pickup winders out there, you essentially have hundreds of choices from which to choose from. If it were me, I’d be inclined to try a set of Fender Original Vintage (OV) or Custom Shop Nocaster pickups. Both sets have Alnico III magnets, and there’s a good reason why they’re so highly praised here on the TDPRI. Plus, you can try them for nearly half the price of those from a boutique pickup winder.

Fender Telecaster 52 Left

Fender American Vintage ’52 Tele Left Handed Electric Guitar Features

  • Ash body finished in thin nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Maple U shaped neck for the fat feel of the original
  • Long-lost recessed-top ‘barrel’ switch tip
  • Vintage tuner spacing for truly straight string pull over the bone nut
  • Vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles
  • Knurled chrome domed control knobs

Fender American Vintage Series
The American Vintage series introduces a lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, the Fender American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender’s roots, expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it’s going, but also remembers where it came from.

The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender’s best selling guitars. Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept – restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more – based on actual vintage guitars they tracked down to make sure they had it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each American Vintage instrument.

American Vintage 52 Telecaster Left Handed

The enduring strength of the Telecaster® guitar is its elegant simplicity. One of the longest-running production models in history, it has been modified only slightly since its early 1951 debut. The American Vintage ’52 Telecaster left-Handed Reissue has a premium ash body, one-piece U-shaped maple neck and 7.25”-radius fingerboard. It features two American Vintage Tele® single-coil pickups, original Tele® circuit with three-position switch, brass bridge saddles, ashtray bridge cover, single-ply black pickguard, chrome hardware and master volume and master tone controls. Vintage six-saddle bridge and modern wiring kit included as accessories.

Fender 52 Telecaster Left Handed

This Left-Handed Fender American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Electric Guitar is true to the original with a premium ash body, a “U”-shaped maple neck, and a 7-1/4″ fingerboard radius. As one of the longest-running production models in history, the strength of the Tele guitar lies in its inherent simplicity. It’s been modified only slightly in its 40+-year tenure. This American Vintage model features the original Tele circuit with its 3-position switch (update wiring kit is included), original-style 3-saddle brass bridge (a vintage 6-saddle bridge is included) and the ashtray cover. Also true to the original ’52 Telecaster, it has a single-ply black pickguard, master volume tone controls, and chrome hardware.

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.