The American Vintage series introduces an all-new 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, new 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 (their early-’80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was “back” as the CBS era ended). 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, we’ve 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 we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
Nowhere is this re-dedication to detail more evident than on the American Vintage ’52 Telecaster®, which returns to the fold with body, neck and pickups refined with the best features (tones, curves, perimeters, radii and more) from a handful of extraordinary ’52 Tele® specimens we examined. Premium features include an ash body with a singe-ply black pickguard and thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish in lighter Butterscotch Blonde, deep maple neck with “U”-shaped profile and generously rolled edges, sculpted headstock volute for even more first-position comfort, 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, and knurled chrome domed control knobs.
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.
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So, I’ve broken down and decided to sell one of my 52 Reissue teles made in Fullerton, CA. If you know anything about the early American Vintage Reissue strats and teles (1982-1984), you know that they represent a truly great turn of events for Fender. Fender pulled themselves up by the boot straps with these reissues and in the process saved an American icon that had fallen from grace. If this is all news to you, check out FenderReissue.com. Adam is a leading expert on these guitars and has a load of information about the early reissues.
This is a late neck date, October 1984. Not long after this tele was made, Fender shifted its manufacturing in the USA to Corona, CA from the original facility in Fullerton. It wasn’t a hard stop, I’ve seen one of these teles dated February 1985, but I think it is fair to say that this is one of the last made at the original plant that Leo (and CBS) built.
I have this beauty listed on eBay with a more complete description, but of course would entertain an offer from anyone here! Use the email form at the bottom of this post. Check out my eBay auction here and a photo gallery after the jump.
The Limited Relic 1955 Precision Bass Relic is a rare and distinctive Custom Shop instrument in that for the very first time, it comes in a special Black over Three-color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Other premium features include a lightweight ash body, quartersawn hard-rock maple neck with “soft V” profile, worn maple fingerboard with 7.25″ radius and 20 vintage-style frets, custom-wound “stacked” ’51 Precision Bass pickup with chrome cover, single-ply parchment pickguard, and vintage-style bridge with two “barrel” steel saddles and chrome cover. Comes set up with flat-wound strings. Accessories include limited edition case, certificate of authenticity, strap, cable, picks and polishing cloth.
Here is a drop-dead gorgeous Butterscotch 1952 Reissue Fender Telecaster with an original factory-installed Bigsby Unit. The guitar is in near perfect shape with just very, very minor typical wear on the guard, a small indent near the jack, otherwise I’d call it like new. No major blemishes, cracks, etc. This guitar is one of the high-quality “Crafted In Japan” models (CIJ) made in the renowned Fender FujiGen factory. This one was crafted in Japan between 2004-2006 (SN# R024353)The FujiGen factory makes instruments that are easily on par with American models, or even CustomShop models. The guitar has nice fat neck, much more comfortable than the current AVRI 52 reissues. The Bigsby is so cool, stays in tune, and is great for adding vibe to your playing. Don’t let this unique, killer, vintage inspired guitar get away! Features:Body: Ash, Butterscotch Blonde FinishNeck: Maple, “V” Shape7.25″ Radius (184mm)21 Vintage Style FretsTwo ’52 Tele Vintage Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone3-Position Blade SwitchOriginal Factory BigsbyChrome HardwareSingle Ply Black Pickguard25.5″ (648 mm) Scale Length1.650″ (42 mm) Width at NutPlease feel free to ask any and all questions before bidding. I will include a gigbag and ship very securely.
Contact informations :
Seller Name: ryanscheel
Sale Price: $849.00
Zip Code: 44060
This is a rare COPPER Fender 1952 Telecaster Reissue in near mint condition made in 1995, carrying the FENDER “F” logo on the neck plate. (Serial #T020xxx). This one has the true 52 Fat V shape neck. I have wired this with a modified version of the Jerry Donahue Telecaster 5-Way switching. This gives the 3 true vintage 52 Telecaster sounds, plus Stratocaster out-of-phase and humbucker type voices. I put in a Fender “No-load” tone control. Turn it to 10 and it will click thus completely bypassing the tone control.
The NECK and BRIDGE pickups are Lindy Fralin Tele Blues Specials. These pickup are widely acclaimed by many pro musicians. The Blue Specials delivers a warmer, beefer vintage tone. Both the neck and the bridge pickups were chosen to create a hotter vintage tone. With the custom 5-way switching, this Tele is true to life 52 sounding with an extra kick in the pants when you want a fat sounding blues lead or fat rhythm due to the custom wiring.