2004/6 Fender Japan Telecaster TL52-80SPL
Vintage Natural with new Hard Case
What a great find this was! This quite rare & impossible to find in the UK guitar is a special edition model from Fender Japan and came out around 10 years ago. It's basically a '52 reissue with an Ash body and Maple neck & with a 7.25 fretboard radius but Fender have put one of their Dragster humbuckers at the neck position and a vintage pickup at the bridge. They've also changed the bridge from the 3 saddle kind to a more modern 6 saddle chrome style for more accurate intonation and a set of modern enclosed GOTOH tuners. What you end up with is fantastic rhythm machine but with a nice beefy humbucker to replace the lipstick pickup usually found at the neck. It's lovely to play and is in near perfect condition. The only slight dent I found was on the lower edge and has now been repaired as shown in the picture gallery. There is no fretwear & the guitar looks and sounds fab! The last picture in the gallery is taken from the Fender Japan website showing the full spec
Manufacture 2010 Japan
Colour: Vintage Natural Polyurethane Lacquer
Neck: Maple with Maple fret board (bolt on) Polyurethane Lacquer finish
Profile: Modern "C"
Scale Length 25.5"
Fretboard Radius 7.25"
Width at nut 42mm
At 12th Fret 52mm
Pickups: Fender Dragster Humbucker (neck) and Fender Vintage Alnico Pickup (bridge)
Tuners: Enclosed GOTOH
Bridge: Through body 6 saddle style chrome bridge & saddles
3 way Switch
Master Tone & Master Volume
Pickguard: White single ply
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(+£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 nicely aged guitar from Fender Japan. This model is pretty much impossible to find here in the UK.