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52 Telecaster Japan Reissue



For reluctant sale my butterscotch Fender Telecaster 52 reissue. Made in USA (and not to be confused with the cheaper models made in Mexico and China), the Tele
was bought new in 2009 and comes with its original and rather beautiful tweed case with plush orange lining with leaflets and tags. Kept in a pet-free, smoke-free and child-free house and only used for recording.
This model is famously used by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards and Graham Coxon.
The only reason for sale is lack of use as I’m playing more acoustic stuff.

Specification below:

American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Reissue
Color : Butterscotch Blonde
Body Material : Premium Ash
Body Shape : Telecaster
Body Finish : Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape : Modern “U” Shape
Number of Frets : 21
Fret Size : Vintage Style Frets
Position Inlays : Black Dot Position Inlays
Fingerboard Radius : 7.25″
Fretboard : Maple
Neck Material : Maple
Neck Finish : Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Nut Width : 1.650″
Scale Length : 25.5″
Neck Plate : Vintage Style 4 Bolt
Truss Rod Nut : Original Vintage Style
Pickup Configuration : S/S
Bridge Pickup : American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup : American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching : 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Neck Pickup with Tone Control (Bright Vintage Circuit), Position 3. Neck Pickup with No Tone Control (Dark Vintage Circuit)
Controls : Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware Finish : Chrome
Bridge : Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
String Nut : Synthetic Bone
Case : Vintage Tweed Case
Included Accessories : Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable, Modern Six-Saddle Bridge, “Ash Tray” Bridge Cover, Capacitor and Wiring Diagram (For Updating to Modern Switching Circuit)

52 Telecaster Reissue Serial Number

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 Telecaster Reissue Specs

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52 Telecaster Reissue Value



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52 Reissue Telecaster Review

True to the classic original that revolutionized the electric guitar.

Get the Fender American Vintage ’52 Telecaster Electric Guitar and you’ll be using it at most of your gigs. All original specs are adhered to in this faithful reissue, including neck shape, fingerboard radius, hardware, pickups, and electronics. Features two new American Vintage Tele pickups and the original Tele bridge, premium ash body, and a tinted maple neck.


  • Premium ash body
  • Butterscotch blond nitrocellulose finish
  • Tinted maple neck
  • Original Tele bridge
  • 21 vintage-style pickups with vintage pickup switching
  • Cloth-wrapped wire
  • Wiring kit for modern switching conversion
  • Vintage-style bridge with 3 brass barrel saddles
  • Ashtray bridge cover
  • Vintage leather strap

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52 Telecaster Reissue Review

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52 Telecaster Reissue Review

Keeping this in mind the instrument we are reviewing today is based on one of Fender’s most popular models the ’52 Reissue, but now updated under its new vintage hot rod range.


Introduced in January 2007 this particular Telecaster fuses the classic 50s look with modern features to create a unique instrument with a vintage vibe whilst remaining playable by today’s standards.

Stand out features include; the Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker at the neck, and a custom vintage Tele pickup in the bridge. These are selected via the usual Telecaster 3-way blade switch. This guitar also carries Fender’s recent “Thin-Skin” Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish, a thinner layer of Nitrocellulose than on other vintage reissue guitars. This is so as to allow the wood to breathe and age more naturally whilst aiding resonance. I actually was able to compare the finish on my instrument to a regular ‘52 RI and the finish on the original ’52 is noticeably thicker

Cosmetically the Tele is finished in butterscotch blonde, whilst the maple neck is satin backed, carrying medium jumbo frets with a flatter than usual radius. Vintage style tuners compliment the headstock and one lone round string retainer completes the package.

Fender 52 Telecaster Reissue



‎07-16-2011 05:13 PM

Great Fender tele for sale. Only had it a couple weeks but I spent some money I shouldn’t have so this has to go. Modern wiring, vintage specs, tweed hardshell case. Wonderful sounding and playing tele. 8.5/10 condition, missing just the tophat knob. Nice straight U shape neck, stock single coils, great frets, all around great player and a great example of what a 52 telecaster should be. Only a couple years old. $1040 shipped CONUS and paypal gifted. Extra for standard paypal please.