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Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde

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Modern custom-shop features to update a classic!The Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster combines the best of Fender' early Tele models with modern improve...Click To Read More About This Product

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Luscious custom-shop touches for modern playability and tone!

Modern custom-shop features to update a classic!The Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster combines the best of Fender' early Tele models with modern improvements to produce a seriously killer axe! Very similar to the look of a '52 Telecaster, this guitar features popular Custom Shop upgrades like a top-notch thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish that highlights the natural beauty and tone of the wood as it ages. The streamlined neck is crafted with a 9.5" fingerboard radius, medium-jumbo frets and a satin-finish back for maximum playability.The vintage-style Tele bridge features three compensated brass saddles for easy, accurate intonation. Loaded with a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini-Humbucker at the neck position for hot, modern tones and a custom-wound Tele bridge pickup for that classic Tele twang. The rest of this guitar has all the classic elements that made the '52 Tele so collectible, like a high-grade ash body, one-piece maple neck with U-shape profile, Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners, chromed hardware and a one-ply black pickguard. Fender' U.S. Vintage Hot Rod Series offers new instruments with the specs, looks and features of iconic classics, but hot-rodded for modern players. They are gorgeous player's guitars like the vintage axes, but brand new and expertly set-up at the Fender factory! Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Thin-skin nitrocellulose finish
  • Premium ash body
  • 1-piece maple neck
  • U-shape profile with satin finish on back
  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Nut width: 1.650"
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
  • Vintage-style Tele bridge with 3 compensated brass saddles
  • 1-ply black pickguard
  • Custom Vintage Tele bridge pickup
  • Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker neck pickup
  • 3-position blade pickup selector
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • Setup with Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel strings (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Includes Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable, and Meguair's care kit

It's a vintage Tele with modern tonal teeth!! Order yours now!

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FenderVintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Number 1 guitar!

he only critisism I have is the case... I don't care about the 'vintage' look of the case, it is pretty inconvenient, doesn't stand up etc. I wish they had a...Read complete review

he only critisism I have is the case... I don't care about the 'vintage' look of the case, it is pretty inconvenient, doesn't stand up etc. I wish they had a provided a good solid molded case that was more practical.
I just don't understand some of the folk here, who are negative on this guitar.
I have owned dozens of guitars, including other Fenders, Gibson Les Pauls, Gretschs as well as some cool acoustics. I am a tone junky and mostly concerned with preserving the tone.
What this guitar did for me was complement my 1961 Bandmaster, Blues Junior, Blues Deluxe and Blues Devillle and it matches perfectly with every amp.
I play out a lot in my two bands in Seattle, and I constantly get complements on my sound, no mattter what combination I use.
I love the authentic twang of the bridge pickup, and the stacked seymour duncan neck pickup just rocks! It allows me to leave my Les Pauls at home. It is like having 2 or 3 guitars with me.
I have owned this guitar for about 18 months and I am actually here shopping for another one (as a backup) as I have played the living snot out of the one I have and it actually needs a refret, and I can't bear the thought that I would be without it for the month or so it will take to refret.
I love the vintage vibe. Mine is looking pretty vintage already, the nitro finish ages perfectly.
I would recommend this guitar at twice the price.

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52 tele

good tone, but bad pickguard.my local dealer asked fender to replace my warped pickguard but they refused..the guitar is only 2 months old. if fender will not honor their guitars any better...Read complete review

good tone, but bad pickguard.my local dealer asked fender to replace my warped pickguard but they refused..the guitar is only 2 months old. if fender will not honor their guitars any better than that I will not buy anything from them again.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Cundrix

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Save up, trade your cheap(er) guitars and go get it!
Excellent guitar, love the combo of mini hum/custom vintage bridge pickup.
Really nicely balanced weight, neck feels great, especially if you have large hands, long fingers.
Neck does get a little too sticky when you sweat, but hey, if you want a girly guitar then look for something else. This guitar was built for players with a character.
Plug it in a Dr. Z or a tube amp of your choice to get the full experience what this guitar can sound like.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Number 1 guitar!

By Paul

from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

he only critisism I have is the case... I don't care about the 'vintage' look of the case, it is pretty inconvenient, doesn't stand up etc. I wish they had a provided a good solid molded case that was more practical.
I just don't understand some of the folk here, who are negative on this guitar.
I have owned dozens of guitars, including other Fenders, Gibson Les Pauls, Gretschs as well as some cool acoustics. I am a tone junky and mostly concerned with preserving the tone.
What this guitar did for me was complement my 1961 Bandmaster, Blues Junior, Blues Deluxe and Blues Devillle and it matches perfectly with every amp.
I play out a lot in my two bands in Seattle, and I constantly get complements on my sound, no mattter what combination I use.
I love the authentic twang of the bridge pickup, and the stacked seymour duncan neck pickup just rocks! It allows me to leave my Les Pauls at home. It is like having 2 or 3 guitars with me.
I have owned this guitar for about 18 months and I am actually here shopping for another one (as a backup) as I have played the living snot out of the one I have and it actually needs a refret, and I can't bear the thought that I would be without it for the month or so it will take to refret.
I love the vintage vibe. Mine is looking pretty vintage already, the nitro finish ages perfectly.
I would recommend this guitar at twice the price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new go to guitar..

Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Been playing fenders over 40 years.. up until this guitar my go to was my '74 strat.. this guitar feels great in my hands but what really wins my heart is the mini humbucker growl.. already thinking about getting a 2nd one..
I pass my custom shop tele to play this one.. 1/2 the price and it plays & sounds better..

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Guitar

By WNMC Telemann

from Michigan

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Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar gives me my favorite tones from Cream-era Clapton to Rockabilly Burton. It's no slouch with Zep tones or mellow jazz. No frills, just beautiful simplicity...a real guitarist's guitar. Simply stated, this guitar does it all. It has a very playable, comfortable neck. Quality all the way!

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

52 tele

By guitar picker

from indiana

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Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

good tone, but bad pickguard.my local dealer asked fender to replace my warped pickguard but they refused..the guitar is only 2 months old. if fender will not honor their guitars any better than that I will not buy anything from them again.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

52 Hot Rod is Tops

By Bobby Blue

from Houston, Tx.

Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've played guitar for longer than some of you have been alive and I own 6 other teles that are all great guitars. However, this Hot Rod 52 is just the best sounding, playing and looking tele I've ever seen is my life. The bridge pickup is a little hotter than my others but has such a nice vintage sound w/ bite when you want it and smooth as glass if you need that too. The mini HB is a very nice touch and blends with the bridge PU for very nice bigger tons and can get beautiful nasty OD sounds as well. The pots are top shelf as is all the components. The neck is a perfect size for me and I have large hands. It's not super thick but not real thin either. The super thin finish is just beautiful and lets the ash wood ring through. It seems that almost everyone notices the sweet tones that this guitar affords. Hot is the word for this tele. It has become my go to guitar no matter what type of music I'm playing and I play out alot with different acts, about 3-4 shows a week. TRY THIS TELE. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love, love, love this guitar

By Ryan-tBjzi

from New York City

Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I knew I wanted a maple neck and with at least 1 humbucker... so that narrowed down the selection field right there.I was playing a more expensive guitar in a shop in NYC when the clerk came up with this tele in hand. He said "What you've got there is great, but I think this is the best sounding guitar we have in stock." I picked it up and without even plugging it in I was sold. Seriously. The feel of this thing is just AMAZING. It was exactly what I'd been looking for, but couldn't put into words... and I already own a 90's tele.Then I plugged it in. My first reaction was "holy c--p". This is an amazing guitar for any player, but especially for what I play (mostly rock, country and bluesy rock through a 4x10 hot rod deville.)

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By TNA

from Sao Paulo, Brasil

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar sight unseen, and being so I was a bit apprehensive about it. When I got the guitar and plugged it I must say I was impressed. The first thing that called my attention was how smooth it was to play, being used to a Les Paul, it was almost as if this guitar played itself. The variety of tone due to the Seymour Duncan mini humbucker on the neck and a single coil on the bridge is also a big plus on this guitar. It has a sharp attack on the neck position, a fuller tone on the middle one and the classic tele twang on the bridge position.
      Some people complained in other reviews that the wood had some darker marks on it, this is definitely true, and although it does not bother me I thought it was worth mentioning for those aesthetically inclined, for this is something you cannot see on the site's picture.
      The tweed vintage case is very beautiful but I'm not so sure how practical it would be on a gig situation, being that it is a bit heavy and kind of hard to make it stand still. However it's not much of a concern being that you can just get another one if it becomes too much of a hassle.
      All in all it seems to me like a very well built guitar.

      (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Three piece body?

      By james ellis

      from east coast

      Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      It is a great playing tele, I love the flatter radius and bigger fret wire, The nitro finish is the icing on the cake. My tele is super light and resonant most of the other ones I've played are way heavy compared to mine, not to say mine is better than the others. My main concern is the cheap method of using three piece body's instead of two piece body's, which would make it so much better for the money, evan if they raised the price for a two piece body
      Excellant neck, Love the nitro finish.
      I Dont like the three piece body, needs a two piece at the least.
      I bought mine in 2008 before the price was lowered.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best guitar I've ever played

      By Cobra Man

      from Houston, Texas

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Every guitar is a very personal choice. For me, it was almost solely about how it felt in my hands and how it played. I have large hands and it just "felt right". Although styled after a 50+ year old model, it looks fantastic in person and has a solid feel of quality. The mini humbucker has a tone I just couldn't find anywhere else. I found that I even love the strings that came on it ... ususally that's the first thing I change before even taking it home. After literally playing almost every brand/style of guitar it was obvious that this was the correct choice for me. It took me up a whole level in my skills over my heavy and super expensive custom vintage Les Paul. I was surprised how much better it played than a PRS at far more than double the price. I haven't found anything that this guitar can't do musically. From Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Crowded House to composing my own music, this is one hard guitar to beat.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Giggin? Machine

        By Teleologist

        from The Great Midwest

        Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I ordered the Hot Rod 52MF, got it on a Friday afternoon and took it to band rehearsal. I spent the next four hours with it as we ran thru our 3 sets. The next day I took it to our gig without a backup. This is one terrific giggin? machine and a true ?52RI in the best Fender tradition. We play everything from funky blues to new country and this thing covers the tonal range perfectly. It will growl if you want or it will twang and chime like any other Tele. I own 7 Telecasters, American, Japanese, Mexican. This guitar takes a backseat to absolutely none of them including my CS ?51 Nocaster. This is my #1, so put it in the coffin and close the lid ?cus from now on it goes where I go!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        '52 VHR

        By Bluessmoke

        from Detroit, MI

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Folks, I've owned plenty of guitars over the last 35 years and am not one for writing reviews. However, this guitar is most certianly worth a few words. First of all, set-up out of the box was near perfect. The finish is truly something to be admired and is stunningly flawless. I've owned two other Tele's but there is just no comparison to the VHR. The mini humbucker's tone is silky smooth and what you would hope to acheive with such a pick-up. You can watch the crowd melt and heads turn on the floor when you play this thing clean and bluesy. I play through a Fender 410 Reissue Vintage Blues Deville mostly and the sound combination is unmatched. Nonetheless, when you need piercing lead, the bridge pick-up is most definately able to cut through and produces that vintage Tele sound one would expect. My standard axe has been an American Deluxe Strat and until now, I've not found another guitar to double with to produce the sounds I've looked for. So, if you're looking for a Tele but not quite sure about dropping the cash on this one, ask no more. This guiatar is well worth the money.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not your standard Tele!!

        By tele23

        from CA

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Just got this tele today and I can't put it down! I love the satin finish on the back of the neck. I hate it when guitars get the gummed up feelin' when your playing hard and you have sweaty palms. So far this baby plays smooth from start to finish. I was a little skeptic about the mini hum-bucker at first but after playing around with it I fell in love. It has a warmer sound to it than the typical neck pickup fender uses. The mini humbucker can get your some great blues distortion sounds as well as clean smoothes. The back pickup can spank with the best of them so no complaint there. I would also like to note the neck radius. The 9.5' neck is bigger than most so its not recommended for players that like smaller ones. I have bigger hands and actually prefer the fatter neck. I would recommend this to anyone but would advise that they try it out first because its not your standard tele. Which happens to be why I like it so much!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tone, tone , tone.....

        By P.Phingers

        from New York

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          This thing drips tone. The humbucker goes from sweet blues to screaming rock. I like the butterscotch finish with the tinted neck The vintage tuners are a nice touch as well. This one came from the factory nicely setup and ready to roll...... the frets and neck feel wonderful.

          Did I mention tone?

          BUY THIS GUITAR!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ugly but SCHWEET!

          By Johnny Cream

          from Dallas

          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Told myself i'd never own a Tele--thought they were coyote ugly...Took delivery of HOT ROD last Saturday. Truly the greatest package and value on the street. Neck p/u is warm and bluesy, but middle position is..well..off the charts. Bridge is classic Tele, but not too sharp. Would reccomend to any person wanting best of all worlds.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar, price is okay

          By the smaller cheese

          from Centralia, WA

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          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I travel on the casino circuit, and the singer and I like to stop at local music stores and try new instruments. We played this last weekend at a boutique type store and we both quickly concluded that it was the best guitar in the store. The pickups are each great on their own and good in combination. I don't think there's any type of music you couldn't play on this. I am ordering the SD neck pickup from this guitar to put in one of my own teles. The build and setup are first rate on this guitar - I just picked it up and started playing w/o being conscious of the instrument, which is the mark of a good fit. This ranks with any boutique guitar, and is priced like a boutique tele. I think these prices are ridiculous, but this guitar is right in line with what the market yields for this type of guitar. If an Anderson or Suhr is worth it, then this guitar is worth it. First rate instrument.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          52 Tele Hot Rod

          By Jeff

          from Toledo, Ohio

          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I wanted to wait for a while before I submitted a review. I wanted to make sure I was having a lasting relationship with this guitar and not just a new guitar in the rack feeling. This is without a doubt the best Fender guitar I have ever owned. I have had 3 strat's, 4 tele's, and a hand full of other Fender guitars and they all have come and gone. This is a serious tone machine. I have not found a style that can't be played on this. I usually tend to play more blues to classic rock, but I have played this for jazz and metal. The finish was awesome, I like the thin coat nitro and mine has a lot of grain showing. The set up out of the box was good but I still took some time to set it to my specs before I took it for a spin. The pickups in this guitar are a huge selling point. The Duncan neck pickup gives such a great tone and when it is pushed just a little it brings out that classic/blues sound that most of us have been searching for. The bridge pickup is pure tele tone with a little added boost, turn back the tone knob about half way and you get an amazing creamy sound. I am for the most part a Gibson Les Paul guy, which has been my go to guitar for recording for a very long time. I also have a PRS McCarty Soapbar that I have recorded with. "Also a amazing guitar". I have been playing and recording for over 30 years,but I feel like a kid again with a new toy with this one. I just can't wait to pick it up and see where it takes me.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Tele

          By Old School Indie

          from Southern California

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          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I casually tried standard teles over the last 30 years. I could never get over the crappy sounding neck pickups, as if someone wrapped paper towels around the strings. Despite the tele being such a popular model in the Alternative/Indie scene, I couldn't stand them. Reading up on Andy Summers, recently, I saw that he used a humbucker on the neck, that seemed like a great idea. Tried some different models and found this '52 Hot Rod blew all the others away. Not only is it an awesome neck with great vintage action, its got modern hand-wiring in both pick ups, way more sound than the pickkups in an American Deluxe. The neck is a bit thicker than the deluxe, but after playing it for a minute you realize how great it really is. The tone is awesome, even without plugging it in you can feel the bass strings vibrating in your chest. Awesome!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Cool Guitar

          By Haggis

          from Minnesota

          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          When I gig, I constantly switch between my Gibson Les Paul, my Fender Stratocaster, my Rickenbacker 330, and my John Lennon A/E Epiphone; it's a real hassel to plan the tunes around as few guitar switches as possible. With this hot rodded '52 I should be able to show up at a lot of gigs with just the one guitar. When played through my Mesa/Boogie, I can get very good blues tones, excellent rock tones, and "twang" with any of the country chicken pickers. I hate spending money as much as the next axe grinder, but this is one guitar, given it's range of tones, that is easily worth twice it's cost. It looks and plays A1 too.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Best

          By Joey-HVh.x

          from Philadelphia

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          Comments about Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          After spending 30 plus years looking for the perfect guitar I have found it. I have owned them all. Custom Shop Gibson & Fender. Also some fancy luthier built guitars. I had a standard 52 reissue, a great guitar but I was still looking. This guitar is the whole package -weight-vibe-feel-sound. For me it covers all the bases. The tone is pefect. My friend played this and was floored. A Gibson guy, now looking at Fenders. Try one and maybe you will like it too. This is like a Fender Custom shop guitar in terms of fit and finish. A unreal value!

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