Used Fender American Vintage '52 Hot Rod Telecaster in butterscotch, made in USA 2010. This is really something special! The American Vintage series very faithfully replicates Fender instruments from their golden age with painstaking accuracy and attention to detail, so this has the period-correct spaghetti decal, the brass saddles, the thin nitro finish; all the good stuff. The thin-skin nitro lacquer is stunning, it's seeping into the ash body beautifully and not only looks stunning but allows the wood to breathe and sing truly. There's a bit of finish wear, but that's part of the appeal of these finishes; they wear in and naturally age quickly. The neck is light and fast, it's really nice piece of maple and feels very reassuring. The neck pickup sounds thick and rich without being vague, it has great tonal definition and is pretty low output for a humbucker; it doesn't overpower the bridge and could easily be a single coil if you closed your eyes. The single coil bridge is Tele-twang perfection; it's a spot-on mix of bright cut and warm mids. This guitar looks good, but damn, it sounds fantastic. The equivalent new model streets for around $3.5k new, and finding one of these used anywhere in the world for under $2k-aud is a neat trick. If you've been waiting for 'that' Tele for a great dollar, the day has arrived.
Model: Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '52 Reissue Telecaster
Year: 2010 (serial 68759, neck dated 16 Nov 2010, body dated 16 Dec 2010)
Made in: Corona CA, USA
Finish: Butterscotch blonde thin-sin nitrocellulose, 1-ply matte black guard
Neck: Maple with maple board, U-shape
Mods: Strap buttons replaced with Schaller locking style
Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker (factory)
Bridge pickup: Fender American Vintage '52 single coil
Case: Original Fender branded tweed hard case by G&G
Bonus: Original hang tags, manual and rego cards, Fender tweed strap with Schaller locks
Cosmetic condition notes: Moderate finish wear. There's some noticeable wear above the pickguard along the edge of the body. There's some chips near the strap pin on the bottom of the guitar, as well as a bit of buckle rash. The pickguard has scratches (as you'd expect) and is lifting very slightly, as is common with single-ply guards; we're talking well under 1mm. There's a few other minor dimples around the body. Chrome parts have aged a little but there's no rust. People go for these thin nitro finishes because they sound good, but also because they naturally relic quickly; some of the work has been done for you. Case has some normal scuff marks but is very solid. Overall condition: fair to good.
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. Setup with fresh 10/46 strings. The frets are in great condition with heaps of life left. The U-shape neck is really exceptional, it's perfectly comfortable and a joy to play. The tone of this Tele is absolutely bang-on, it really is the whole package.