Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

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

Finish: Polyester

Body Shape: Telecaster

Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple Neck

Finish: Polyester

Neck Shape: "U" Shape

Scale Length: 25.5 "(648 mm)

Fingerboard: Maple

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25 "(184.1 mm)

Number of Frets: 21 Frets

Size: Vintage-Style

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)

Hard Case:

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. 

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the Paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping