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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.
With its big maple neck, the 1952 Telecaster was a landmark guitar in Fender history, and nowhere is today’s 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.
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
Model Name: American Vintage '52 Telecaster®
Series: American Vintage
Colour: Butterscotch Blonde
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Shape: "U" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Fretboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: New American Vintage '52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup: New American Vintage '52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Bridge: Original Vintage Tele® Bridge with 3 Brass Saddles
String Nut: Bone
Tuning Machines: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
Switch Tip: Barrel Style Switch Tip
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Tweed Case
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Included Accessories: Vintage '52 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, '50s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Round Dome