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Telecaster 52 Reissue Occasion

This is a Fender 52 Reissue Tobacco Foto Flame (front and back) 1997 CIJ Tele with all USA electronics. Every aspect of this body is built to the specifications of a 52 Telecaster right down to the routing in the body and the straight edge screws. This Foto model has a Tobacco flame on front AND back with an Alder body. The neck is the 52 chunky V shape made from Maple with the skunk stripe on back. This has a set of Fender Custom Shop 52 RI Pickups with Custom 4-way switching which does the following: Position #1 is the bridge, which delivers that true 52 biting Tele sound. Powerful. Position #2 is the 52 pickups together just like on a regular 52 Tele with that wonderful Tele rhythm sound. Position #3 is the 52 the neck Pickup with the powerful, full rich 52 sound. Position #4 is the neck and bridge pickup in a series, with make both pickups act as a combined humbucker and give a really powerful, full Les Paul sound.

Japanese Telecaster 52 Reissue



Looking to pass along the loaded body from a Made in Japan Fender Tele. Great guitar body in great shape, but with Australosurfecus going into the studio at the end of this month I could use the cash more than a non-vibrato guitar. Tone and playability are excellent, with all the bang ‘n twang you could ask for!

I believe this guitar is an MIJ 52 Reissue Telecaster, based on the finish, headstock and stamps in the neck pocket and on the neck heel, which both show “52-EX” very clearly.

After doing some research, it seems that the serial number was stamped on the bridge plate of some MIJ guitars, depending on the year. The original bridge on this guitar was upgraded by the previous owner with a modern 6-saddle bridge for better intonation, which means the serial number is unfortunately no longer with the guitar.

Cosmetically it’s in nice shape, as well, and much better than most Japanese Fenders I’ve come across. Some honest playwear, mostly in the form of some light scratches and a ding on the back.

Nice thing is that this is NOT a cheesy foto-flame finish, and the sunburst body is just gorgeous!

Will sell the body with everything minus the neck, neck plate and screws for $400 shipped or best reasonable offer.

Interested Trades (+ cash on my end): MIJ or CIJ Jaguar (no MIM or HH models) MIA, MIJ or CIJ Strat (preferably in Ocean Turquoise) Gibson, Tokai, Greco, Edwards, etc. doublecut Junior w/P90 Fender Princeton Reverb (preferably silverface) Swart STR or 6v6se

Fender Japan Telecaster 52 Reissue Review


Fender Japan ’62 Reissue BOUND BODY Telecaster




3TS (3 tone sunburst)
BLK (black)
CAR (candy apple red)
CH (cherry)
OLB (old lake placid blue)
OTM (Ocean Turquoise metallic)
VWH (vintage white)
TBL (Transparent Blue)
IBL (Ice Blue)
Please feel free to ask me for the availability of the colors.
Come with Fender original Gig bag.

Telecaster 52 Hot Rod Reissue



James Burton Standard Telecaster 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. Besides it`s primary function, Telecaster`s pickguard also serves as the electronics cover. It surrounds both single coil pickups installed on this model. Behind the pickups Fender installs the famous “tray” bridge with chrome plating and three saddles. Neck on this model is equipped with a regular U contour and bolt-on joint. Maple neck is topped with a 21-fret maple fingerboard. Medium jumbo frets, black dot inlays, 1.65″ synthetic bone string nut and 9.50″ radius are featured on the fingerboard.
Win this guitar

Telecaster 52 Reissue Thin Skin


Hey guys, I know I haven’t been on here in a while. I hurt my hand and can’t play, so between that and being busier than ever at work, I’ve been MIA. Anyway, I was literally setting up an ebay auction for this and I thought I’d go ahead and give you guys a shot first. I am thinning the collection and this is the first to go. I bought this one a few years ago just to collect. I have plenty of Teles, it literally never got played. It’s got the tiniest bit pf play wear from the previous owner, but over all in great shape. No bumps or bruises at all. The thing I will say is, you will need to set it up. I honestly doubt it ever was, the action is a little high. I didn’t fool with it because I figure the new owner can set it up to their liking.
I don’t know what the weight is, fairly light, I’d say 7lbs, and I’m not really wanting to trade unless you just gotta have this guitar and the trade makes it worth my while. All that said, because it does have to be set up, I will take $995 shipped and Paypaled…. (upper 48 State) That is a deal on a collectible Tele. Remember, they stopped doing certificates on these when Shultz died in 06.

Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue

This well kept ’52 Reissue Fender Telecaster shows No discernable play wear.  This guitar has the original tweed case, without a mark on it and protective plastic still on locks and Fender plate.  I really don’t think its been played to any degree.

The ash grain shows nicely through the butterscotch finish and the one piece Maple neck is coated for a tinted vintage look.

Case candy including the reissue guitar chord and leather strap, Fender soft cloth, case key and the capacitor.  The ashtray cover, certificate and replacement 6 saddle bridge ARE NOT included with this guitar.

This guitar is like new old stock, but missing a couple of trinkets from the original ship.  Great way to own a great player! 

Fender Telecaster Reissue 52

Fender FSR Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde vs Fender Vintage ’52 Reissue Telecaster

So, since I got a ES-335, which is warm and smooth, I needed a something on the opposite end of the spectrum. I love Telecasters, that being said, I think a Tele is a Tele is a Tele….however, I do have my preferences.

I used to own a ’52 Reissue but sold it toward a Les Paul five years ago. Some things I loved about the ’52 Reissue were: Butterscotch Blonde, the “U” shaped neck, ash body sounds warmer to my ears, and the pickups. The things that were inconvenient Teles that were: the old school truss rod’s access point was at the heel not the head (very dicey proposition for set ups), the vintage tuners are not practical for gigging musicians who break strings and need to restring on the fly, the 7.25″ radius doesn’t have the sustain needed (not that you need a 12″ or 10″, but at 7.25″ you need to work a little too hard: one caveat: great for rhythm playing), the uncompensated brass saddles, and of course the price.

All Tele’s have a design flaw and that’s the control plate setup. Not very ergonomic and frequent accidental switching of pickups. I’ve actually had two Telecasters and had my tech fabricate a switch plate to have a single volume knob where the control switches are standard, and then had a Les Paul “up/down” selector switch where the tone pot would normal be. I liked this modification (A) because no one has ever had this, and (B) the pickup I wanted on, stayed on. But, I did miss the tone pot to roll off the occasional high frequency. I had a treble bleed installed on the volume pot to clean it up at lower volumes but that became completely too shrill, especially on the bridge pickup.

All my preferences fulfilled and desire for a perfect (well, almost perfect) Telecaster were made available with the GuitarCenter’s Fender Special Run (FSR) Butterscotch Blonde, Made in Mexico, Standard Telecaster. Not to be confused with the Musiciansfriend FSR Tele.

Here’s what I loved (in comparison with the ’52 Reissue) and some mods that HAD to be done: The finish, color weight, tone is near identical, and the price.

The feel of the neck, which is a modern “C”, with a 9.5″ radius is really comfortable. The difference is that the ’52 has that slightly more rounded “U” shape, that I prefer, but I’d rather have that flatter fretboard radius for better playablity suited to my tastes and technique. But, let me stress the “C” or “U” is really a matter of millimeters and fretting hand fatigue will not be an issue 2 hours into a gig. The fretjob was level and no barbed ends. My tech had to reset some of the relief, but I changed to heavier gauge (.10s) and this is why the truss rod location at the headstock becomes important so as not to have to unscrew the neck at the heal to adjust relief. Adjusting the relief is common and should be performed for any new guitar though. The nut slots were perfectly spaced and the slot depths was perfect. Also, the neck has the same lacquer and tint as a ’52. Bottom line: Incredible neck.

The control plate is reversed, which means the volume pot is the first knob, the tone pot is the second knob and the selector switch is toward the rear of the the plate. Two things need to be done to make reversed control plate completely perfect. (1) replace the barrel knob for the selector switch to a “Top Hat” knob. The reason is because the “Top Hat” jettisons a little higher than the tone pot and you can switch it a little easier. Also, barrel knobs tend to fall off, and (2) go online switch the volume and tone pot wiring to 50’s style wiring. The benefit of this mod connects the cap to the output lug of the volume pot instead of the input lug, therefore changing the characteristic of the tone as you roll down your volume pot. I think, and don’t quote me, that the the current goes freely through the volume pot. Instead of having capacitance or resistance (input lug connection) before the current goes to the volume pot, the current is affected after volume pot (the output lug)…I think….but the bottom line is the volume tapers down to provided a clean rhythm sound, and when you open it up, it reminds me of TBX reaction, like in Clapton’s strat. Here’s more info on the subject: