2017 Fender Japan Exclusive Traditional 50’s Telecaster VNT
with new Hard Case
This lovely 50's style Telecaster from Fender Japan is from their new "Exclusive Traditional" range. It's pretty much a '52 reissue but without the brass slotted screws & brass saddles but these could be easily changed for a few pounds. I don't think I would want to. The wood finish is interesting as I'm used to seeing Ash on Fender Japan guitars with a prominent grain. The close grain on this wood is much closer in looks to Alder
This particular guitar is around 1 year old & is mint. Not a mark, scratch, dent or blemish could I find anywhere on it. It's hard to find these guitars outside of Japan. I did find one being sold from Japan at a price of $1179.00 inc shipping. That's about £875 but it doesn't include VAT & import duty (Appx 25%) & it only comes in a gig bag. That would mean the price is actually around £1150! Quite a bit more than this guitar.
The guitar looks great & the build quality is as you would expect. What more can I say.
Please check out the photos in the gallery
Here is what Fender Japan say about this guitar and some specifications (apologies for the slightly strange translation):
TRADITIONAL 50S TELECASTER to realize a deep tone with simple control. TL Vintage pickups mounted on the basswood body. Basswood with characteristics similar to Ash provides edgy tones with Alnico Magnets. One Piece Pickguard called "Blackguard" follows the original looks made in 52 years which still boasts high popularity. The body radius that faithfully reproduced the original model and the decal behind the headstock provide a more "genuine" style. .
Body: Basswood Body
Body Shape: Telecaster
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple Neck
Neck Shape: "U" Shape
Scale Length: 25.5 "(648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25 "(184.1 mm)
Number of Frets: 21 Frets
String Nut: Synthetic Bone Nut
Width: 1.650 "(42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dots
Bridge Pickup: Vintage-Style Single-Coil
Tele Neck Pickup: Vintage Style Single-Coil
Tele Controls: Volume, Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: 3 - Saddle Vintage - Style
Strings - Through - Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles Hardware
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Cast / Sealed
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome Strings
Thomann Rectangular Hard Case (Black)
As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a plain black one. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer (extra £10). If you prefer that, please email me for details. If you are collecting, I'm happy to knock off the price of the case (About £30) & I may even have an old gig bag you can have to take it away in
So to sum up, a superb Fender 50s Telecaster from Fender Japan. This model is near impossible to find here in the UK.