2015 Fender Japan TL52 Telecaster Special
Vintage Natural Finish & New Hard Case
This Telecaster Special from Fender Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Keith Richards Model" as it is apparently very similar in looks etc. Well, I don't know so I can't say yes or no. What I can tell you is that it's a 2015 guitar which has an Ash body and a one piece 50's style maple neck. It has a more modern 6 saddle bridge and is equipped with a Fender Dragster Humbucker at the neck and a single coil at the bridge. Oh, and it's lovely!
The guitar is around 3 years old & is almost mint. I found a tiny lacquer crack at the usual place of the neck joint. This is only about 5mm long and I had to look hard to find it. It is pictured in the gallery. The other thing I found was that one of the neck pickup screws was missing which I have now replaced. Other than that it's great. No dents chips or scratches that I could find. The figuring on the Ash body is superb and the guitar plays really nicely. I love the beefy Humbucker, it's almost like a boost! It's hard to find these guitars outside of Japan. I did find one being sold online for £1000 ( which I thought a little excessive) but I think this guitar is well priced.
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
Fender Japan TL52-SPL VNT
Body: Solid Ash 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: Dragster Humbucker
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: HS
Bridge: 6 - Saddle Modern Style
Strings - Through - Body Tele with Chrome Saddles
Hardware Finish: Chrome
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 Telecaster Special from Fender Japan. This model is near impossible to find here in the UK.