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.
Fender Vintage Hot Rod 52 Telecaster, MN, Butterscotch — Classic looks, modern tone and feel! Fender’s new Vintage Hot Rod 52 Telecaster electric guitar in Butterscotch Blonde, fuses the best of the old and the new in one smokin instrument.
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The Fender telecaster has been seen in the hands of some of music’s finest guitarists. From Bruce Springsteen to Status Quo, it’s presence can be felt in many a classic rock anthem. It’s legacy continues in the hands of exceptional guitarists like John 5 (formerly of Marilyn Manson fame) now playing for Rob Zombie and The lighty Slipknot’s Jim Root as well as being the preferred instrument of Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins.
Great classic features of this Telecaster include vintage styling, a custom vintage Tele® bridge pickup and a thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish; modern features include a Seymour Duncan® Vintage Mini HB humbucking neck pickup and a satin-backed neck with a flatter radius and medium-jumbo frets. Looks, sounds and feel both vintage and brand-new at the same time!
Unfortunately it didn’t come with COA, correct case or any case candy. My main concerns are the red C in the neck pocket which I have only seen on a JV guitar and the pots don’t seem to be the right shape or have a serial number on them.
I have a telecaster JV 52 reissue and the pots on this guitar are flat like the pots on the JV guitar. I thought the pots from the Fullerton factory had an indentation in them, like the original 52 guitar and had a serial number on them starting with a R.
New upgraded model – better than ever!!
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 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.
Features and Specifications:
- Premium ash body
- “U” shape maple neck
- Vintage style frets
- American Vintage Tele® single-coil pickups
- 3-position pickup switch with vintage wiring circuit
- Original Vintage Tele® bridge with 3 brass saddles
- Comes with tweed hardshell case, spare modern six-saddle bridge, capacitor and modern wiring diagram
I have a standard telecaster, and I never, ever use the middle position on my switch. My good friend has one of the ’52 Reissue telecasters, and I really like the switching (bridge/neck/neck w/ massive treble cut). How can I change my tele’s switch to work like that of a ’52?