Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Butterscotch 2012
Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster, butterscotch blonde, made in USA 2004. The American Vintage series replicated the original famed models of Fender's golden era instruments with religious fervour, including thin nitro finishes, period correct alnico pickups, cloth wiring as well as cosmetic touches like the spaghetti decals. This example is a glorious reissue of the famed 1952 Telecaster; this model is one of the most historically accurate and highest quality production Teles ever. You get a tasty ash body with some sweet subtle grain on show underneath the super thin butterscotch finish. There's a few marks around the place to remind you to play this instead of hanging it on the wall; but hey, if it were a Custom Shop (and it isn't far off) you'd pay extra for that, right? Plugged in, it's all Tele: thick, full, punchy bass and an eloquent, breathy midrange adding flavour and complexity to a bucket full of classic Tele Twang. The moderate 'U' shape neck is intuitive and well rounded; thick enough to add some chime and sparkle to the tone but thin enough to get around quickly without thinking too hard. There's a reason these haven't changed in seven decades, you will feel it straight away: a Tele this good is the perfect musical companion.
Model: Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster
Made: 2012, Corona USA (serial 76452, neck dated 12 Apr 2012, body dated 23 Apr 2012)
Finish: butterscotch blonde thin-sin nitrocellulose, 1-ply matte black guard
Body: ash, 2-piece
Neck: one piece maple inc board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: re-wired with original components back to stock
Pickups: Fender American Vintage '52 single coil x2
Case: Crossfire branded tweed hard case, brand new. No docs/certs/ashtray cover
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end and bottom edge as well as some nicks in the decal, no major marks. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs, no major marks though. The sides have a few things to note: scuffs on the top horn, a number of small chips and dimples from the top side elbow area around to below the knobs, plus a couple of dimples on the bottom horn. The front has a number of scuffs and dimple around the back edge behind the bridge and some play wear and dimples on the top horn and guard. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear but plenty of height left, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.