Fender Japan '52 Telecaster TL52-75 Natural 1985
Fender '52 Tele, natural finish, made in Japan 1984-6. Here, friends, is a delightful 'A serial' example of the famed '52 Tele; a beautiful addition to anyone's quiver. Fender Japan launched in mid 1982 with the famed 'JV Serial' guitars, which were received as probably the best Fenders made since the 60s. This was made in the same factory, by the same staff, just a couple of years later. The quality of materials and craftsmanship on offer is superb: this is a terrific instrument, built with a lot of love and care. In the hands, the ash body is expressive and snappy and the neck an agreeable vintage style slim soft-V; the neck is especially luxurious under the fingers. Plugged in, you get heaps of trad Tele twang, but with a depth and complexity missing from many newer examples; it's simultaneously fatter, warmer and clearer, brighter... vintage MIJ witchcraft, I tell you. This will laugh at far pricier USA made guitars for feel and tone, plus it's cool to nab one this old in such good shape. Very, very good!
Model: Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster (TL52-75)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1984-6 (serial A007708)
Finish: natural (NAT), single ply black guard
Body: white ash, 2 pieces
Neck: maple, maple board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale, soft-V
Pickups: Fender Japan TL-Vintage single coils
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a couple of little marks on the end and back. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has no major marks, just a couple of light dimples around the edges. The sides are pretty clean, just some light dimples on the elbow area and near the jack. The front is also very tidy, just a couple of dimples around the bridge and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
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 minor wear, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.