Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]

American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012], TLC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the American Vintage series.

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 15 reviews )
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iamqman's review

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
Fender telecaster has a fantastic sound with a very fun dynamic tone that complements the users playing style. These guitars are very versatile and no matter what setting you put them in they are going to sound fantastic. It has a great bright tone primarily because of the bright wood that is used throughout the body of the guitar. These guitars generally feature an ash maple or alder type combination which allows a lot of dynamics with the clean tones throughout the frequencies range. It is a guitar that will cut through the band mix quite well.


Body: Premium Ash
Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck Shape: "U" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: Vintage Style 4 Bolt
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style

Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Pickup
Neck Pickup: American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Pickup
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Neck Pickup with Tone Control (Bright Vintage Circuit), Position 3. Neck Pickup with No Tone Control (Dark Vintage Circuit)
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone


The one sound and I think is my favorite with this type of guitar is a nice clean amplifier such as Fender Hot Rod Deluxe or Fender twin reverb amplifier with a good Ibanez tube screamer pedal out front as well as a digital or analog delay pedal. You can get a great driving pop rock sound that will go quite well with pretty much any style of music that you find yourself in. These are great guitars for recording as well so you can get a really dynamic tone in a recording session quite easily. Because these guitars really highlight a player's picking, strumming , and unique style they are a good pallet to paint their musical artistry with.


These guitars you'd find pretty much and a retailer and any guitar shop around the world. You can also find them quite easily online and in many classifieds or eBay auctions. These are very versatile guitars but probably not as versatile as a Fender Stratocaster. If you're looking for that one guitar that will be your end-all, be-all and this probably isn't the guitar for you. It has a great sound but I think it's a little less versatile and maybe Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul guitar.
King Loudness10/09/2011

King Loudness's review"Sometimes the first is best..."

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
The '52 reissue Telecaster from Fender is an example of the venerable solid body electric guitar in the simple yet perfect form that the electric guitar had in its infant stages. The classic "blackguard" Tele has been used by a whole host of players over the years and it's certainly a classic instrument in all respects. There's no modern "twists" here, just an homage to the original Telecaster.

It features an ash body, a maple neck and fretboard with 21 frets, vintage style tuners, 3 saddle bridge with removable "ashtray" bridge cover, dual single coil pickups, single volume and tone controls, and a three way selector with the original switching setup of neck pickup, bridge pickup, and a specialized setting that is the neck pickup with all the tone rolled off (presumably for a very bassy jazz tone).


The Tele's design isn't the world's most ergonomic by any stretch, but it's definitely got its perks. The ash bodies on Fenders can vary from guitar to guitar in terms of weight but the '52 Teles I've tried tend to be on the lighter side of the spectrum. The Tele has good upper fret access too for being a single cutaway instrument. The one hindrance with this particular model over the American Standards and American Specials is the glossy neck finish, which tends to make faster playing a bit more of a difficult feat.

Getting a good tone out of this guitar is quite simple. Barring the rather odd and dated sounding "bassy roll off" tone, the neck pickup has a great classic vibe that works very well for jazz or blues. It has a very open and woody quality that is transparent enough to let the tone of the player really shine through. The bridge pickup can be a little bit bright, but hey, that's what a Tele was designed for - piercing country licks! If the tone's too bright, just roll it back using the tone control or treble control on the amplifier. Personally I like the bright nature of the bridge pickup for country or even rock textures, but it might not be for everyone.


I've tried this guitar through various American and British voiced amplifier rigs. It's definitely more suited to the Fender and Dr Z amps that have that classic Yank bite to them. Clean tones sing with top end brilliance and shimmer that is excellent for all manners of country or R&B/funk music. It's definitely a rawer sounding guitar than the American Standards, and the nature it has through a good tube amp is definitely more along the old school spectrum of tone. The drive tones have a LOT of bite and definition which is great... the guitar does the classic Led Zeppelin type hard rock tones with ease too. It's definitely a more versatile ax than it might let on, so feel free to try any style you want on this guitar - it's very likely to respond well.


All in all I think the Fender '52 Reissue Tele is a great example of the electric that started everything off. It's fairly close to the original model, plays well and has a wealth of sounds available. At about $1,600 new it's a fairly good value for money I would say. The vintage features such as the saddles or radius might be a turn off to players who are more accustomed to modern features but if you're a vintage tone hound and want a great reissue of the classic "blackguard," look no further!

mic78's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An absolute classic!"

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
USA Fender body with a swamp ash (ash light) with a solid maple neck and maple fingerboard.
I changed the neck pickup a moment to put a P-90 at Bare Knuckle but finally I gave the original microphone because the P-90 came out too strong compared to the bridge pickup so it's a little unbalanced sound.
I rewired everything with the classic 60s and a condo Orange Drop. The original wiring has no interest and the book Fender guitar kit with the wiring for the switch to "modern" with the neck and bridge pickups that work together in the middle position.


Channel pleasant enough with thick C profile Jun characteristic of this time. Very easy to play, it is a joy.


The sound is excellent, we are never disappointed. Warning to manage the treble is a Telecaster so it can be quite sharp and lacking a bit of body sometimes.


Excellent tool that I have used for years.
A must for any rocker who wishes to obtain 60s/70s classic sounds.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The advantages and disadvantages of the vintage."

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
This is "the" Telecaster, while serious guitarist should have one :)

The tuners are vintage point locking mechanism mounting the old ropes.
The bridges of origin are three in number, much like a bass.
This is a bit limited at the setting accuracy.

The guitar comes with another more modern bridge, six bridges, I hesitate a bit to mount it.
After all, so many excellent titles were recorded like that.

The guitar comes in a stunning tweed pouch with orange wig inside, I love it.


The handle is thick, the frets are thin, it is a particular game that needs to be done, but try to adopt it.

The polyurethane varnish is a bit sticky at first, but it happens over time.

From my side, I regularly wipe the handle with a soft cloth, and this aspect has faded.


The bridge pickup is hell, it instantly sounds legendary Keith Richards.

The neck pickup is perfect in its clear, at once sweet and slamming according to the intention you put into it, the famous twang is there.

I changed mine in rewiring the modern version because of origin, the neck pickup did not have the correct tone.

I play on a Cornford Carrera, the sounds are just sublime.


I'm afraid of not being objective good, I love this guitar, it's my number one guitar, I do not never leave.

mu75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect blonde, possess or try!"

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
Made in the USA, this tv american vintage 52 has become a standard for years to believe that almost dethroned the original which it is based.
Corp. ash lightweight.
U-shaped handle, 21 frets, maple, radius of 7.25 (for the most recent). It seems that the radius of the models produced before 2010 is flatter.
Diapason 25.5.
Pickup Configuration: S / S
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage '52 Tele ® Single-Coil
Neck Pickup: American Vintage '52 Tele ® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Selection of microphones: selector 3 positions: position 1: bridge pickup, position 2: neck and bridge pickups, Position 3 neck pickup.
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone


The handle is very nice. Slightly larger gap between the strings because on most strat, LP or other Telecasters. The interface is very nice. No notch but taking great hands in all situations. Access to acute is more than adequate. Mine, which is 2000, has the distinction of being extremely light. It sounds a lot empty. A real treat.


It is suitable for any type of music. Everything. Is to choose after what he gets behind, amps, effects, etc ...
The sound is both shiny, round, powerful and hot.
The neck pickup is very original matte dark. Basically the 52 was for musicians wanting to approach the bass sounds with the microphone or register attacking Jazz. But a simple solder will allow you to make a standard neck pickup with lots of harmonics and roundness.
The intermediate position is fairly neutral, interesting repertoire for a soft and balanced. The micro acute sharp, incisive attack when the instrument. It is more subtle in a game or more vintage twang, everything is possible. In a vox or a tween with tremolo and spring reverb western one is full.
I kept the original pickups for 10 years. Then I decided, under the guidance of a luthier who found resonances my tv exceptional, he put Lollar 52 = same sounds with more that I can not define but which awakens more the potential of this guitar. I am delighted!


Nearly 13 years this guitar I do not loose. And the feeling is mutual ...
The music is a taste of history and culture. There is no better guitar than another.
To each his feeling with an instrument.
I think the 52 Telecaster guitar is what John is pentalon.
It is a bit basic. No frills here, nor pompous fittings or finishes costly. Just wood that resonates very well.
I have 4 electric guitars that I use to produce all of the music genre in pop, rock, songs ... Between these guitars often balance my heart but I think that if I keep this one would be it.
Doctor Feelgood11/08/2012

Doctor Feelgood's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The jewel in the crown!"

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
Telecaster made exactly as in 1952, the screw and the windings close!


The handle shape, polish, everything is super fun to play. Telecaster model has proven itself and we are here to basics!


Much better in sound that teles are made as in the 70s or later. Here's makes no concession. It is neck pickup or bridge pickup, with a sound as sharp as ever in fender. It's hot, round-edged desire ... happiness.


The best of the best. It is difficult not to love.

saturax08's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" incoutournable"

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
two-position selector + a low position.
the characteristics of the original telecaster. The best that has been manufactured for my taste.
Mapple neck, maple body.
Nitrocellulose lacquer as at the time.
Full details of 1952 are met.


A joy to play.
Irreplaceable, indispensable, essential if you like the electric guitar.


The sound is just a legend. We find all the sounds we liked in the stones, in old Floyd ...
This model is in every way true to the legendary model so ... Everything is said in the history of rock on the scratch.


It's my favorite electric guitar. I do not really want to separate myself I would do this choice with eyes closed. I do not know of any guitar more attractive as the sounds it produces by its appearance and comfort of game it will not be legions on the market in a few years but if you find one go for it.

Oli_C's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Link!"

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
This is a Fender '52 Vintage everything from classic to!

Made in the United States in 2005, three bridge decks, handle 21 frets, 3-position selector (change from the previous owner), 2 knobs, ...


I play the guitar for almost 8 years and my one and only one shovel was Washburn X-50.

To put the beast in speed: 24 frets thin neck, a highway, two Seymour Duncan humbuckers micro ... In short, a very muscular skyscraper! Being my first guitar, I had chosen my influences at the time, namely, very metal! For 4 years I play alternative rock in a formation (early pop and rock now), it held the road but next reference in the style she wanted over the road!

After testing a number of guitars in stores and at friends (Fender Start, Tele, Jazzmaster-Jaguar ..., LP & Gibson SG), after scouring the forums and my choice is to carry on the Telecaster !

First because the model I like a lot! TV, either we like or not like it! Me personal, I do not like the Start of a visual point of view, but I love the Tele!

My choice was to focus first on a US Standard. Then, having found an ad on a site selling during this 52 Vintage at a very interesting (ie 1'075 €), I rush!
The test with friends in a pro guitarist with a fine collection of guitar and especially for Fender and under his advice, I take the plunge!

So first take your hands enough ... "Violent" take a very thin neck and thin to the baseball bat used to handle 52, it was a sport!

But there in no comparison, the total feet to play on an instrument like that! The high-end and the money does not always mean good stuff here but not there to photograph, it's worth the money!


I play with a VOX AC30 and my pedalboard consists of a OD9 Maxon, MXR '78 Custom & Dynacomp Badass Disto, EHX Big Muff and Tc Elec Nova Repeater.

So fairly standard config: 1 overdrive, a distortion, a fuzz, a compressor, a delay of + the VOX switch (reverb + tremolo).

I had to start by changing all my settings: switch between guitar metal / heavy rock to the Telecaster is a giant step!

10 to 15 minutes after setting I find his "huge"!
It's much more subtle, it sounds more "real", with a lot of depth, the 100% compliance attacks, ...
It's a sound that can go from very sharp to something thicker and by operating a pedal or a knob / switch is going to crystal clear sound and very heavy!


I use it for a short time but will step photos, please when a guitar is already 50% of winning but then in hand, when one feels a little something special is that the bonus!

I do not regret at all! I still love my old guitar as I made my first weapons with a lot of memories, but spend on an instrument "pro", it's just amazing!

Level quality / price ratio, I think that's clear, 1'075 € used, if it was not me she was going very fast in someone else. Bon y OCCAZ OCCAZ and here I am falling on the guy mega detailed, very correct and really pro! Beware of copies and other scams!
le Reverand10/11/2008

le Reverand's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
It is "the" Telecaster said all t! (A time travel machine)


The handle is trs enjoyable, the varnish has a tendency not stick, it must be cleaned from time to time
Access in no acute problem
The guitar is lgre is an instrument that can sound on any amp.
It's all in the fingers, rglages and attack the player.


This guitar is polivalente and agrees all styles, perfect for rock in general.
I use it with all sorts of amp (JCM 800, Boogie MKIV, Fender Princeton ...) a ring no matter what happens even with the big satellite.
I use the bridge pickup 95p100 but all combinations are "sonic".
It is the only Fender I tried sending the grave when you turn the volume back.
She never pull up and pierces the eardrums like a knife ... mix a box of scne!


I use it for 20 years, I jou hundreds of gigs in bars and all sorts of places, it is solid.
Sweat, beer, crush, mine is falling repeatedly, the varnish is fragile on the handle and the body is missing large portions without the game or the sound suffer.
I tried a good number of tls and that is the best ... especially the bridge pickup and the handle that makes the difference!
Report exellent price for a quality instrument that can keep a lifetime.
It is a basic guitar than any rock guitarist should try one day. This is not my main guitar but it accompanies me on all scnes.
I would always have a telecaster into my set, the one in particular.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
- In what country does she makes? United States to mine, one of the wooden dernire ft of sch and not tuv (1977)
-How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?
I Bricol (well, it's a luthier that is), addition of a micro hambucking Gibson 2, has a warm sound, the other 2 are still the micro course.
- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)? uh, I do souviejn addition, I also changed to an easel bp rglage harmonics, originally c'tait two strings and that both teachers (last for me).
- What are the rglages (Volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?
every possible position of microphones, for one by 2 or 3.
Personally, I use a microphone that time.
- What type of race?
that of tl .... there's nothing better, really, nothing.
I put 9 because of the history of the bridge which for me today is back to normal.


- The handle is it enjoyable?
- Access in acute (dernires freight) is it easy?
- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
- Gets it easy to sound good? ...
I rponds block, there is nothing better


I do not want another.
I play on peavey, trs little effect, let's say a touch of distortion to make me believe the sound, but sometimes I connect direct to the amp with its clear (to not forgive).
otherwise, and often with double ambucking gibson, well rounded, velvet.
not possible to dtest, Roy Buchanan Listen and you will hear what we can come out of this guitar ...


I use it for 30 years (you read that right).
never changed the frets, just a little polish in the luthier sometimes.
I play it almost every day, I paid attention as the apple of my eye, I do not prt and even the fact of leaving the home maker, has me anxious.
I have tried many, and yes I would like to have bcp guitar, but need money.
Report qualitprix. in retrospect, it did not cost much per year of practice ...
but when I bought 77, I sold the stuff so I could pay it and the gear, there were guitars I have good guards when I think in retrospect.
quality price ratio bin adpend also money that a. ..
Ah, I will not regret it, it's the best guitar in the world of music I love.