Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster, crafted in Japan 2004/5, vintage natural. This is a very tasty Tele indeed. There's a few different '52 style models in the Fender Japan catalog, and this is one of the most deluxe offerings, so you get some nice appointments: brass saddle bridge, Fender USA Custom Shop Texas Special pickups, proper USA lightweight ash body... the good stuff. All that really adds up when you plug it in: the tone is very appealing indeed. There's heaps of natural lows and a thick, juicy midrange balancing the traditional-twang. The Texas-pickups have a but more output and a slightly scooped midrange, so this eats up overdrive with a more enthusiasm than a regular Tele. These high-end CIJ Teles easily hold their own against anything out of the USA plant; this is built with a whole lot of care and attention. If you've got a Tele-shaped hole in your life and you're after something with a whole lot of class and an understated elegance... meet your new bestie.
Model: Fender Telecaster '52 Reissue (TL52-80TX)
Made: Japan, Tokai plant, 2004-05 (CIJ, serial R048281)
Finish: vintage natural (VNT), single ply black guard
Body: light weight ash, 2 pieces
Neck: maple, maple board, moderate-D type profile
Weight: 3.6kg approx
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Case: FREE hard case RRP $139, basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of dents and some minor dimples on the front, as well as some scratching on and around the guard. The guard has some minor lifting, as is common on 1-ply guards, it's lifting approx 1mm or slightly less. The back has a few minor marks, nothing really noticeable. There's some minor pitting on the chrome parts, but they all work well. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are in good shape with normal wear, around 7/10 for life left. Nice!