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
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.