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Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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True to the classic original that revolutionized the electric guitar.

Get the Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar and you'll be using it at most of your gigs. All original specs are adhered to in this faithful reissue, including neck shape, fingerboard radius, hardware, pickups, and electronics. Features two new American Vintage Tele pickups and the original Tele bridge, premium ash body, and a tinted maple neck.

FEATURES
  • Premium ash body
  • Butterscotch blond nitrocellulose finish
  • Tinted maple neck
  • Original Tele bridge
  • 21 vintage-style pickups with vintage pickup switching
  • Cloth-wrapped wire
  • Wiring kit for modern switching conversion
  • Vintage-style bridge with 3 brass barrel saddles
  • Ashtray bridge cover
  • Vintage leather strap
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FenderAmerican Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 107 reviews)

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an American Icon

A 9 because I wish it would have been wired to modern pick up selection out the box, so I wouldn't have burned the heck out of my finger desoldering the selector...Read complete review

A 9 because I wish it would have been wired to modern pick up selection out the box, so I wouldn't have burned the heck out of my finger desoldering the selector switch...but I digress.
The hum single coils generate will drive a man crazy. When I'm not playing music, I spend my time trying to reduce the hum, and still maintain the ineffable single coil tone. Hum never sleeps, and it has become my white whale. But it comes with the Tele/strat territory if you truly want the real deal sound. Just roll the tone down a bit, and slide the volume between songs, and you'll be alright.
Other than that, fantastic piece of equipment. It is my main guitar, and stays in tune through the whole set. Through my Fender Twin, it is the true iconic sound of the electric guitar. Everyone compliments my tone.

If all you want is the tone, and vibe, save some money and go with the standard. But if you gotta have the 3 saddle bridge, light painted butterscotch blonde paint, and the sweet sweet tweed case. Go for it.
Solid working man's neck, with a nice polished look. Vintage pickups for neck and bridge. Three saddle bridge. Original tweed case. Just classic.

The only thing I would say, is that they should make the "Modern Wiring" standard from the factory, and give you the parts for the Vintage wiring, instead of the other way round. This gives you more tone variation, and added versatility for the working guitarist. They do give you the parts to make the switch, but soldering is a pain.
Everything sounded and worked great. The only thing is that Bridge Cover Plate "Ashtray" did not fit/stay on the bridge. I would put it on, and it was just loose, and would fall off. I can't imagine ever playing with it on though, but it looks nice in the case like that. Else would have given it a 10.
I give it an 8, only because I think you can get the same tone and style with the standard tele. You pay more for the cosmetics, 3 saddle bridge, 5 screw pick guard, vintage paint job, and tweed case, which to me were important, so it was worth the extra $$.

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Not the same guitar...

I owned this guitar in the early '90's. I still have my old case and the certificate. I had sold it and regetted it so thought I would rebuy. It arrived today...Read complete review

I owned this guitar in the early '90's. I still have my old case and the certificate. I had sold it and regetted it so thought I would rebuy. It arrived today and I was very disappointed. This is NOT the same guitar. The neck is great and the body was flawless. The finish is more gold though. The tone however just wasnt the same. The neck pickup sounded pitiful I realize it is the old wiring but I did own this previously and the one I was sent today couldn't hold a candle to my old one. Also the guitar was shipped upside down. No "this side up" or anything on the box. The head stock had crushed the foam a bit in the case the the neck and worked its way out of the little grover that cradles it in the case. Also comparing the case this came in with my old one side by side there is no comparison. The new one is not as sturdy ( not suggesting it is flimsy just not as sturdy as the old one ) and it is not as formed to the guitar as the old one. The tele was able to move around more in the new case. All in all a very disappointing experience.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Oh '52

By Sebforget76

from Calumet Island QC Canada

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Absolutley love it. I find Modern teles are made to please country players (D'huh) in looks, sound and evething else. I find the '52 works better then it's modern counterpart for my blues rock style, and it looks amasing. I love the seethrough yellow color in contrast to the single ply black pickguard. The only thing about this guitar I would (and probably will) change is the pickup selector for the now standard wiring. If your thinking about buying the '52 also consider the hot rod version it as more modern fretwire and a standard selector switching, I didn't go for it because I didn't want a mini-humbucker in the neck.
Basic, but that's why your looking at '52 reissue. But be careful when they say original specs they mean it. The fret wire is thin, it feels unnatural in this day and age. The pickup selector is different then the now standard "bridge-both-neck" selector, like the original it's wired "bridge-neck-really weird neck with the tone at -3" which is not for every one, in fact it's probably for no one. On the other hand, I love the thick neck, LOVE IT! It's comfortable when you get use to it and you don't have to treat it like fine china. No more truss rod adjustments every time the weather changes a few degrees (which here in Canada is about every hour). You'll never see me go back to a C neck now that I've gotten used to a D neck.
I gave features a 10 because on top keeping to the origal specs, a sweet tweed case and there usual trinkits (like the ashtray bridge cover) Fender includes alternate bridge with individual string saddles and a wiring diagram with a capacitor (I think) to facilitate converting to a now standard pickup switching. It's as if there ashamed of the original and want to give you options.
super, I can not find a fault. Although simple this guitar screams quality
This is really for those of us who want an original classic but can't afford collector prices. With so many choices out there it's hard to justify paying these prices for a guitar with outdated features, like the fret wire and the pickup selector.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

52 Reissue Gets The Axe

By Jimmyjuju

from Northeast

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I sent it back, and bought a 60th Anniversary Tele (blackguard blonde). If I could only have a child of the two! I guess that's where the custom shop comes in. I love the chunky neck and 21 frets and ashtray bridge and brass saddles on the '52. But I prefer the fatter frets and flatter neck radius and pickups and switching and pickguard on the Anniversary. I think the decision hinged on my reluctance to take a soldering iron to a beautiful instrument. They are both excellent guitars. I had a CV Squier Tele for a while that actually came close to what I was looking for, but the quality was just not there. I also have a Highway One which I like. Maybe I need one of each...
I'm giving it the highest rating even though it is a primitive guitar. Fender includes an alternate bridge and modern wiring kit. And by the way, I like primitive guitars.
No perfect rating here because my pickguard would not lie flat. Not enough screws or QC?
This is a chunk of change, but it is a special guitar. I can't forsee losing too much money if you keep it for any length of time.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

an American Icon

By Phil Escobedo

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

A 9 because I wish it would have been wired to modern pick up selection out the box, so I wouldn't have burned the heck out of my finger desoldering the selector switch...but I digress.
The hum single coils generate will drive a man crazy. When I'm not playing music, I spend my time trying to reduce the hum, and still maintain the ineffable single coil tone. Hum never sleeps, and it has become my white whale. But it comes with the Tele/strat territory if you truly want the real deal sound. Just roll the tone down a bit, and slide the volume between songs, and you'll be alright.
Other than that, fantastic piece of equipment. It is my main guitar, and stays in tune through the whole set. Through my Fender Twin, it is the true iconic sound of the electric guitar. Everyone compliments my tone.

If all you want is the tone, and vibe, save some money and go with the standard. But if you gotta have the 3 saddle bridge, light painted butterscotch blonde paint, and the sweet sweet tweed case. Go for it.
Solid working man's neck, with a nice polished look. Vintage pickups for neck and bridge. Three saddle bridge. Original tweed case. Just classic.

The only thing I would say, is that they should make the "Modern Wiring" standard from the factory, and give you the parts for the Vintage wiring, instead of the other way round. This gives you more tone variation, and added versatility for the working guitarist. They do give you the parts to make the switch, but soldering is a pain.
Everything sounded and worked great. The only thing is that Bridge Cover Plate "Ashtray" did not fit/stay on the bridge. I would put it on, and it was just loose, and would fall off. I can't imagine ever playing with it on though, but it looks nice in the case like that. Else would have given it a 10.
I give it an 8, only because I think you can get the same tone and style with the standard tele. You pay more for the cosmetics, 3 saddle bridge, 5 screw pick guard, vintage paint job, and tweed case, which to me were important, so it was worth the extra $$.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

By Gab Plourde

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Awesome!!!!
I got this guitar for my birthday and this is actually my favorite guitar in my collection!
Very rich sound and awesome looking!
Every guitarist should have this guitar in there collection!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

52 tele

By Katie Johnson

from alabama

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

get one you will love it... i sure do.......................
best tele ever imho !!!!!!!!!
fine guitar in every way
big money .but it is very much worth it

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Now I'm A Tele Guy!

By ButterscotchLover

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I recently heard a great story on NPR about this being the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster. I've always been a "Strat guy" (so goes the cliche). But the fact that the Telecaster has made such an impact for 60 years made me curious. So I tried one out. This 52 Tele blew me away! Such under-stated elegance. Such simple genius! Such amazing tone and the neck, with it's vintage tint...WOW! Now I knew why this thing has lasted so long and will easily continue for another 60 years. I couldn't help it... I had to buy it! Now all I want to do is go home and play it, forget work!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar but Change the Pickup Switching

By luisb

from Miami, FL

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I wanted this guitar for the last 17 years of my life. When I received it I wasy very excited. However, I do STRONGLY recommend you change the wiring to the modern switching (neck-neck/bridge-bridge). I hated the factory pickup switching, the neck position sounded really soft and weird. I read that these teles had that position so they could use it to play something that resembled the bass, but for any guitar player that is a total waste of a position. I had mine done by the people at Best Buy, pretty simple procedure and NOW it sounds amazing. They did not use the "conversion kit" that the guitar brings, they just changed the wiring and trust me, now it sounds amazing. Great guitar.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'52 Tele

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've wanted/been investigating butterscotch telecasters for almost a year. I went with this one for many reasons, the main one being the finish they put over the maple fretboard. It sounds and plays like a dream. I was initially very unhappy with the "vintage wiring"... then I rewired it to the modern style and I love the guitar. This is the best non custom shop telecaster available hands down!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Your Father's Tele

By TeleNewb58

from Louisiana

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I just recently started playing guitar (at the ripe old age of 52) and taking advantage of good level of income, have acquired a number of different guitars upon which to learn and play. I really like Telecasters the best; they just feel and sound right to me (your mileage may vary). I bought this one (Telecaster '52 Reissue) because it is a reissue of the classic, and I got a good deal here at MF on a used one. I also wanted to try out the 'classic' neck/fingerboard profile on this model. I have NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED! I like the 7.25" radius fretboard, as I am playing mostly rhythm and thus the chording comes easier to my stiff ol' hands. The 'U' neck also feels good in my hand (extends playability for me because I don't get fatigued), more so than the 'Modern C' necks on the other Teles I own (AmStd, AmSpcl, '72 Custom Reissue). The fit/finish is superb.I've found that all my Teles sound different, as you might expect! This 52 RI is currently set up with the 'classic' wiring and the stock pickups; read up on that to be sure you understand what you're getting. The sound with the 'neck position' engaged is quite a bit different in that the tone pot is disengaged, as opposed to it being available in the 'modern' wiring. I have found that to get a sound I enjoy (which may not be what YOU enjoy) I am fortunate to have a Fender amp with 16 voices, so I can play around; if you've not got that, you'll definitely want to try this out to see what you think; for me it seems a bit muted and dull without changing amp settings. I may, in fact, eventually update the wiring (everything you need comes with it). I changed to lighter (.085) strings, and thought the truss rod should be adjusted; there didn't seem to be any change in trying to lessen tension, which means either I need this one looked at or more likely it is just the heavier neck taking some time to relax; I have a nice straight neck, minimal concave, so it's AOK. With the shipped strings (.10s I think) it was fine out of the box. It's just that on my other Teles, noticeable changes occurred with truss-rod adjustments.The only negative I'll comment is that the pickguard is a bit fragile; and the gloss black shows anything that goes askew. I removed the pickguard just to check wiring and routing, and when I put it back a slip of the fingers and I chipped the pickguard by the screw. Oh well ... guess I just gave it some character!Again, I'm pretty new to this, so take this for what it's worth; but I like this Tele for the fingerboard radius, neck profile, and overall feel and finish. (The smell of the finish, new, is rather intoxicating too!) I will be keeping it ... though it may get updated wiring!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

vintage to the max

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I have a Hwy One and this 52 RI. I can't get the Hwy One in tune, will have to replace the bridge. The 52 RI has the brass 3 saddle bridge, but I can get and keep it in tune. Great tones, both tele twang and can also rock out. Comes with a second bridge and switch for traditional tele options. The blond finish on the body and neck is wonderful. All in, a great tele. I'd love to gig this, but it's too nice to take out, hence the Hwy One I'll have to upgrade. Get the 52 RI. Great guitar.

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