Fender '52 Telecaster TL52-85TX Vintage Natural 2004
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: 3.415g approx
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some marks on the end. Neck is pretty clean, just some minor dimples on the back, it's smooth and clean in the hands. The back has some minor scuffs, mostly near the ferrules, but no major marks. The sides have a couple of dimples on the shoulder and near the jack, no major marks. The front has a couple of dents behind the bridge and on the shoulder as well as some normal play wear on the guard and top horn. The guard is not sitting totally flat, it's lifting approx 1mm. Overall: good condition (7.5/10)
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 reasonable shape with normal wear, around 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.