(SOLD) Fender Japan '52 Telecaster TL52-85TX Vintage Natural 1997
Fender '52 Tele, vintage natural, crafted in Japan 1997-8. This is a particularly pretty example of the always-awesome '52 style Tele. This model was a high-end offering from Fender Japan in it's day, so you get the good stuff: two piece ash body, soft-V style neck shape, brass saddles, USA-mdae overwound Texas Special single-coil pickups and the tasty vintage-style decals. That adds up a great time in the hands: the body is resonant and lively, the neck is straight, slim and comfy and the quality of fit and finish is immediately obvious. The tone offers the iconic 'Tele twang' with heaps of bright, articulate snap and sizzle, but it's balanced by an assured and full natural low end and a certain warmth and complexity... it's an audacious, satisfying tone. These seldom last long around here, so nab yourself a sweet blackguard and twangle yourself happy.
Model: Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster (TL52-85TX)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 1997-8 (serial A011868)
Finish: vintage natural (VNT), gloss poly, single ply black guard
Body: light weight ash, 2 pieces
Neck: maple, maple board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale, soft-V shape
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coil x2
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has a few little files marks behind the nut, as well as some dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back and a couple of small marks on the board only. The back has a handful of tiny dimples and light scuffs through the middle, as well as a circular sticker fade mark on the bottom corner, no major marks. The sides have a few small dents and scuffs in the elbow area and near the jack, nothing nasty. The front has a little ding on the top edge of the body at the skinniest point, as well as a few small dimples in the elbow area, near the knobs and behind the bridge as well as some standard play wear on the guard and horn. 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 have minor wear but are in reasonable shape without major pitting, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.