From Fender – “The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender’s roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it’s going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender’s best selling guitars (their early-’80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was “back” as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we’ve completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colours and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.”
The bottom line is that Fender has spent the last 30 years re-learning its past and with the American Vintage range has homed in on what it sees as the three essential vintage Teles – the quintessential ash-bodied Blackguard ’52 (this one); the slimmer-necked ’58 and the rosewood ‘board ’64.
The Vintage Series is crafted with meticulous attention to correct reproduction detail, often using original tooling. It is some of Fender’s best work outside of the Fender Custom Shop.
Nowhere is this re-dedication to detail more evident than on the American Vintage ’52 Telecaster. Premium features include an ash body with a singe-ply black pickguard and thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish in lighter Butterscotch Blonde, deep maple neck with “U”-shaped profile and generously rolled edges, sculpted headstock volute for even more first-position comfort, “barrel” switch tip, vintage tuner spacing for truly straight string pull over the bone nut, vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles, and knurled chrome domed control knobs.
And this 52 AVRI sports the classic Bakelite-style single ply black pickguard – the reason Teles from this era are referred to as “Blackguards”.
Model American Vintage “Thin Skin” ’52 Telecaster
Finish Colour Butterscotch Blonde
Finish Type Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Wood Ash
Neck Wood Maple
Neck Shape “U” Shape
Scale Length 25.5″
Width at Nut 1.650″
Frets 21 x 6105 Frets
Pickups American Vintage Tele Single-Coils
Controls 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-Way Switch
Bridge Original Vintage Style Tele Bridge with 3 Brass Saddles
Tuners Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Pickguard 1-Ply Black
This USA Vintage ’52 Reissue Tele was manufactured in 2006 and is in original, unchanged condition. Apart from some very light marks on the pickguard, this 13 year old guitar presents pretty much as new. Frets show no wear at all, and there are no marks anywhere on the top, back, side s and neck.
Weight is a medium 8.4 lbs, and the sweet sounding specially voiced Tele pickups replicate the original ’52 sound, but with Fender’s “modern” wiring which means the neck pickup is clean and clear, rather than a muddy mush as per the originals.
This one is part of a limited “thin lacquer” run from 2006. Although the official colour of these is “Butterscotch Blonde” the nitro lacquer is very light in colour. It could almost be called “natural” as the lacquer is so light & thin that it allows the beautiful grain of the solid ash body to show through in all its glory.
Comes in its original Fender moulded hard case in excellent condition.
Video Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t41D8k2lI20