Whitstable Guitars

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

2007-2010 Fender Japan TL52-TX Vintage Natural & New Hard Case




A solid Ash body & USA Texas Special pickups on this superb 1952 reissue

This Fender Japan '52 Reissue Telecaster is another example of just how well the Japanese build guitars. A faithful copy of the '52 Telecaster, this guitar has factory fitted USA Texas Special pickups, a solid 3 piece ash body, one piece maple neck & 7.25" fretboard radius. The guitar also boasts vintage style brass saddles on a vintage style bridge with chrome ashtray cover. All the screws on the guitar have slotted heads as they would have had in 1952 & the guitar has a single ply 5 hole matt black pickguard. All in all a wonderful copy. Please check out the photos in the gallery.

The condition of the guitar is excellent with no modifications and very few marks or chips. It does show some subtle signs of ageing where the chrome has dulled slightly, as have the brass saddles but to me, that's lovely. I'm not really a lover of the "straight out of the box" look as guitars take a little while to settle down and play & feel as they should.

I had to repair a bash on the lower edge (see photos in gallery) but it has been done to a really good standard & the lighter colour of the wood where I have repaired it is the only clue. That will darken with time & it will be invisible. There were some small knocks on the headstock but once again, these have been repaired. Please check out all the photos in the gallery & hopefully, like me, you will appreciate just how good this guitar is. There is little wear to the frets with no indents & the guitar plays really nicely with low action.


Fender Japan '52 Reissue Telecaster

Body: Solid Ash (3 pieces)

Finish: Vintage Natural

Neck:  Maple with Maple Fretboard (bolt on)

Radius: 324mm (7.25")

Profile: Modern "C"

Weight: 3.57 kg (7lb 14.5oz)

Scale Length 25.5"

Width at nut 42mm

At 12th Fret 52mm

Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special Pickups

Hardwear: Chrome

Tuners: MHG-SD91 Nickel tuners

Bridge: Vintage 3 saddle ashtray style with chrome barrel saddles & Chrome ashtray cover

3 way Switch

Master Tone & Master Volume

Pickguard: Black 1 ply

Thomann 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 which is included in the price. 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 difficult 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