Fender: 0110202850(Item ID: 0110202850 Serial#: V1741344)
American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster in Butterscotch Blonde
From the Fender website:
"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 conceptórestoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and moreóbased 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, 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 Tele 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."
This guitar includes a deluxe hardshell case.
The first thing that strikes anyone who holds the new í52 reissue Telecaster is the exquisite balance and light feel of the instrument. Fender has painstakingly reproduced the original appointments of the original í52 Tele, including a period correct case, ashtray bridge cover and a leather strap. I love the deep U shape of the neck which sports a thin coat of lacquer that feels smooth without being too sticky. Playing these guitars is a dream! Alternating between the snap and sparkle of the American Vintage series bridge pickup and the warmth and growl of the neck position, Iím struck by the guitarís versatility. Itís not difficult to close your eyes and listen to the guitar deliver the classic tones of Don Rich, Merle Haggard or James Burton with flawless reproduction. While playing, the balance of the build, the thinness of the lacquer, and the shimmering tone all contribute to the sensation that the whole guitar seems to vibrate and sing with every note. Any guitar enthusiast should make time to check out these magnificent Fender 1952 reissue Telecasters!
March 10, 2017
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