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 colors 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.
Nowhere is this re-dedication to detail more evident than on the American Vintage '52 Telecaster® guitar, which returns to the fold with body, neck and pickups refined with the best features (tones, curves, perimeters, radii and more) from a handful of extraordinary '52 Telecaster specimens we examined. 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, long-lost recessed-top "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.
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This AV 52 Tele is really special to play. When I'm not playing it, I'm craving the feel of the fat neck. The sound is really good, I dig the bridge pickup and neck pickup is a bit scooped for me but still very good (keeps the neck pickup very clean IMO). My only warning on this guitar is the nitro paint (flash coat). While it looks great, it's prone to chipping if you tap it against anything so be sure to treat with care if you're gigging with it. I string mine with flatwounds so it's very full and fat sounding.
I have the original, and I have this amazing and outstanding reissue. The '52 is the one to reach for when it has got to cut through, don't settle for substitutes. Leo got this one right by keeping it simple. It plays anything you have the chops to lay down. Tone mojo and more in this sweet axe.
dfyoun owns this item
I had been wanting to add a Tele to my collection for a long time like the American Deluxe. At the store they had a '52 hanging next to the Deluxe, so I decided to do a side-by-side. I went back and forth, playing through a Fender '65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb amp for over an hour. The Tele Deluxe was a beautiful instrument, but in the end, the raw feel put the '52 in a different league.
You know how sometimes when you sit down to play and you've got to think about what your playing - this riff, that song - guiding your playing, and then other times you sit down and hit a chord or a couple notes of a riff and suddenly music flows from the inside; it just comes out of you?
That was the difference. Every time I picked up the Deluxe, I had to think my way through what I was playing. Every time I picked up the '52, music just flowed. There was a visceral resonance with the '52, more so than with any other guitar I've ever played. Not only was it transcendent to play, it even smells good - old lacquer, found hiding at the back of some forgotten storeroom.
I love this guitar; I think it's got a living soul of it's own.
d1819 owns this item
I've been playing Fender solid bodies for 45 years.
This is the only guitar when I pick it up I can't put it down.
I have 3 different Telecaster models & this is my main one.
It sounds great on my 65 vintage series Princeton Reverb & when I play out with the Super Sonic-22 amp, it's like a match made in heaven!
I really like the neck & the sound. I left it wired the way it came from the factory.
It's the most expressive guitar I've used for playing blues!
Tracy Krajcik owns this item
Playing this guitar for the first time was quite an experience because I could instantly see where a lot of rock and country history developed from. The 52 Tele almost forces the player to start having a go at clippy rhythm work; it's SO easy to do it with this neck and pickup combination. The weight of the guitar is great, not too heavy, nowhere near a Les Paul, and it's superbly made. I had zero difficulty with the allegedly tricky neck profile and string bending is easy despite what some reviewers claim. The pickups are REALLY good. The bridge pickup is sweet but still like a microscope. Every touch on the strings is revealed and I LIKE that! The bridge pickup is totally useful and the mid position is amazing. The volume and tone pots work nicely and allow easy swells. The guitar came on a hot day and was in perfect tune and intonation. I played it for 2 days and it was STILL spot on. The 3 saddle bridge is very very stable. It also provides amazing sustain. Hit a harmonic and it just won't stop!
I love this thing and it's for life. Go get one, it's a total bargain.
Phil_W owns this item
The American Vintage '52 Telecaster is a truly fantastic instrument. The design is classic with a great U-shaped neck that really feels great to play. The tone is so smooth and this guitar goes so well with the Fender Excelsior I bought a year ago.
The only thing I am not so satisfied is the finish. It took two days playing with a black t-shirt and new black jeans to give this guitar a light shade of black in the finish. Impossible to get rid of, but at least I have started to relic my guitar by myself and the right way, by playing it.
The price tag is pretty high in Sweden where I live, but hey, I wanted a good guitar and I guess that will cost a bit... but this guitar will outlive me and probably be inherited by my son...
Sune Andersson owns this item
I played Fender Stratocasters for 25 years, a friend of mine had a JV Telecaster and i remembered it as a great guitar.
I thought it was time to own a tele as well, so i bought a japanese telecaster.
Nice guitar but nothing special. Until i visited my local guitar shop and there she stood...i fell in love instantly.
The owner warned me, said this is something special, you'll notice the neck is a thing of its own, either you love it or you hate it.
I played it all afternoon and never let go of the instrument ever since then and it is twelve years ago now.
Got a 63 custom Telecaster as well but that is a very different animal, great in it's own way but not the beast the 52 is.
It is like the great Albert Lee said; it is raw and unforgiving, but it gives you so much pleasure and tone.
Thank you Mr Leo.
Sir John owns this item
You should never look at the past, except for Fender Vintage guitars. This '52 Tele is just a wonder. I love that 7"25 radius. And the sound is so amazing. When I bought her, I called a friend and he asked me, "Does she sound good ?" I answered him, "I don't know yet, I'm just watching her." I was just falling in love. And when she began to talk, I knew she was the one I was waiting for. I think I'll take her with me in my grave - to keep on playing in Hell...
Badfinger owns this item
I finally bought this guitar and have to say i am not disappointed. Got myself one of the 1st 46 2012 models. The U shaps maple neck is like silk to play. With beautiful rolled edges and flatter finger board 7.25 i think. The fnish is stunning and a bit more yellower than my 60th Ltd Ed Tele. The G&G case and extras complete the package.If you have thought about getting one of these and have hesitated in the past, take my advice get one asap they are truly stunning.
ukraider owns this item
Although this is not my go-to guitar, it is my favorite in terms of playability for rhythm and signature tone. I mostly leave it in open G and it really likes it! The neck isn't for shredders but it is for me. You need to try it.
Kikosdad owns this item
This is the best playing guitar that I've ever owned. I've been playing guitar over 50 years and with this guitar I can play any style and the sound is amazing. I just wish I purchased this sooner.
musicrat owns this item
I've learned a lot from catching the Tele-fever back in 2007 and since I've spent an outrageous amount of money building and buying a lot of guitars, messing with pick-ups and trying my hand at winding them too.
I have a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Triburst Flame Maple, whew! My American Deluxe Telecaster is completely upgraded by Patrick Meade from Patsguitars.com, in my opinion the best Luthier out there, and I have come Full-Circle!
It is my opinion that this is the Best Production Guitar the Fender Makes, Period.
Here are the only tweaks:
• Add a 22 frets scale boat neck.
• Compound Radius.
• Create an Ashtray that covers the pick-up only, yes like an old Precision Bass.
o Allowing for string muffling.
The ambient sound you get with the ashtray one is Real Kids!!!!!
Try-it. Clean setting, you’ll see.
Sergioantoniox owns this item
The 52 is simply the best Telecaster you can get. The feel, shape and tone are everything you can imagine and it plays like butter.
Forget the rest, buy the best
countrydave owns this item
There's a tele for every taste and price point, but for my money, this is the one - it looks and sounds fantastic! I usually swap out PUPs, but not on this one, the vintage tones are perfect. I get a great warm jazz sound from the neck PUP, and the bridge PUP twangs like it's supposed to! I grew up with the flatter radius necks, so the older style radius took a little getting used to, but apart from that, it's perfect. If I had to get rid of all but one guitar, this is the one I'd keep. Highly reccomended!
Let the strap out so the guitar hangs low, change to open G tuning, and start banging out the chords to Brown Sugar. Perhaps no other guitar lets you live out your music dreams like a 52 Tele. I got mine a few years ago and immediately changed to the modern wiring... so much more versatile. Straight out of the case, the heavy finish on the back of the neck makes playing a chore... but once it wears down a little the fat neck just feels right. No guitar collection would be complete without one of these classic instruments.
This has for the longest time been one of the most authentic guitars Fender makes. Down to the screws they got it right. Fenders done right make you work a bit for the tone, and this one is no different. Sure you can plug and play and get great tone. But if you want to go to tone Utopia, spend some time noodling with this one a bit. Its well worth it. You can get jazzy to bluesy to creamy rock on the neck, or bite the audience on the head with the tone from the bridge. Plug into a Screamer or Zen Drive, and into a Twin and your right there!
Every Fender player needs a 52 RI!
dannopelli owns this item
This is the best regular production guitar Fender makes! The craftsmanship on this guitar is excellent and it plays like a dream. I am amazed at the sounds I can pull out of this guitar. Awesome guitar!
captain eyeball owns this item
I bought her 20 years ago.
I played and I loved her.
Then I had to sell her, because I did not know where to store.
I regret today.
Bought mine in Atlanta a few years back - plays like a dream, fit so tightly and sounds as jangle-y as I want and can tear the roof off at the same time. I knew I was gonna buy it just noodling at the store before I even plugged it in... that kind of well built electric.
qwinks owns this item
Great Guitar. Quick neck, great tone and beautiful workmanship. I would sleep with her if my wife would let me.
BRTOAD owns this item
There's not much you can say about a Tele that's not already been said - it does what it does, and nothing else does it the same. While I mainly play Strats, a Tele is a big part of my arsenal particularly for the work I do with country bands. My AVRI '52 is hands down the best Tele - and one of the best guitars - I've ever played. To be honest, I don't really think you can get a better Tele - it's a basic instrument, no need for fancy woods or bells and whistles, and the '52 is just beautifully put together, sounds exactly like a Tele should sound and I love it! It even smells nice! One of my favourites.
jakehadlee owns this item
|Model Name:||American Vintage '52 Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde|
|Body Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||"U" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Slightly lighter Butterscotch Blonde finish; Large maple neck with re-sculpted U-shaped profile and comfortably rolled edges; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; "Barrel" switch tip and knurled chrome domed control knobs|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage '52 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, '50s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench|
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