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Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]
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  • Sometimes the first is best...

    Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 10/09/11 at 06:20
    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......
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    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).

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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!
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    Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 10/08/11 at 18:55
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    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, ...

    UTILIZATION

    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......
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    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, ...

    UTILIZATION

    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!

    SOUNDS

    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!

    OVERALL OPINION

    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!
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  • Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 11/15/06 at 04:05
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Tlcaster us in 2001. known and recognized. I AIM it is in blue, red or other colors. will not be buterscotch / blonde. "yellow". the simplicity is appropriate. A model of it before all other models. bass / treble and volume, for rglages. handle some pais it can be done quickly but to beginners, it's cramps. APRS against it by just playing any other guitar. is lgre and it's terribly important.

    UTILIZATION

    It's the bomb. Handy wish, versatile and efficient. it is a wonderful tool for those who love the sound crystal clean and slamming. dcoupe the form "tlquot; allows ACCS IDAL top. it takes a long time given.

    SOUNDS

    Blues, rock, country, celtic, I rgale is beautiful is good. on......
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    Tlcaster us in 2001. known and recognized. I AIM it is in blue, red or other colors. will not be buterscotch / blonde. "yellow". the simplicity is appropriate. A model of it before all other models. bass / treble and volume, for rglages. handle some pais it can be done quickly but to beginners, it's cramps. APRS against it by just playing any other guitar. is lgre and it's terribly important.

    UTILIZATION

    It's the bomb. Handy wish, versatile and efficient. it is a wonderful tool for those who love the sound crystal clean and slamming. dcoupe the form "tlquot; allows ACCS IDAL top. it takes a long time given.

    SOUNDS

    Blues, rock, country, celtic, I rgale is beautiful is good. on vox, marshall on, on engl and even a good old classic50, it's beautiful. saturation able, in short, it's perfect. everyone gots his May no double coil and when it is L.

    OVERALL OPINION

    A wonder, except the price, the choice of colors and still online. I want a second, I will be forced to take the same ^
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  • Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 01/17/07 at 16:32
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    The word has already been passed down: a legend!

    UTILIZATION

    Channel super easy to play as on most Fender.
    Ideal form for my taste. Mechanical reliability that take the agreement.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is sublime as in pickup neck pickup. The fact that no combination of neck pickup and bridge is a good thing because I hate the sound of mic positions through.
    On this guitar lacks nothing and nothing is too much ... We have not done better since.
    What a stroke of genius Leo Fender to have created this guitar in 1949!
    58 years later it is still the best in my opinion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years.
    When I discovered I knew it was "Ze" ... Above all guitar than I......
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    The word has already been passed down: a legend!

    UTILIZATION

    Channel super easy to play as on most Fender.
    Ideal form for my taste. Mechanical reliability that take the agreement.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is sublime as in pickup neck pickup. The fact that no combination of neck pickup and bridge is a good thing because I hate the sound of mic positions through.
    On this guitar lacks nothing and nothing is too much ... We have not done better since.
    What a stroke of genius Leo Fender to have created this guitar in 1949!
    58 years later it is still the best in my opinion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years.
    When I discovered I knew it was "Ze" ... Above all guitar than I would look over the other.
    I used a Gibson SG standard, a strat US, which étaitent both excellent, but I never had that much fun playing on the TV 52.
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  • Anonymous

    Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 08/23/07 at 07:13
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    - 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......
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    - 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.

    UTILIZATION

    - 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

    SOUNDS

    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 ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 10/11/08 at 04:16
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It is "the" Telecaster said all t! (A time travel machine)

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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......
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    It is "the" Telecaster said all t! (A time travel machine)

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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!

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012]Published on 10/26/08 at 13:10
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Vintage reissue Telecaster, made in USA!
    -21 Frets, 2 single coil pickups (1 stick lipstick and a bridge).
    Easel-type vintage, three bridges, two strings per saddle.
    -1 Volume, 1 tone, 1 3-position selector.
    Channel 21 frets maple painted (thus clear button), mechanical vintage Fender. The neck is quite thin in width button, and its profile is U (vintage oblige!).

    "I added the guitar comes in its case so Tweed (orange wig included inside!), With a modern bridge to self-assembly if you do not like the original, plus some key Allen, a vintage jack, and a vintage belt (as string).

    So we have a very satisfying package, a very nice guitar, but on mine I was angry that two......
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    Vintage reissue Telecaster, made in USA!
    -21 Frets, 2 single coil pickups (1 stick lipstick and a bridge).
    Easel-type vintage, three bridges, two strings per saddle.
    -1 Volume, 1 tone, 1 3-position selector.
    Channel 21 frets maple painted (thus clear button), mechanical vintage Fender. The neck is quite thin in width button, and its profile is U (vintage oblige!).

    "I added the guitar comes in its case so Tweed (orange wig included inside!), With a modern bridge to self-assembly if you do not like the original, plus some key Allen, a vintage jack, and a vintage belt (as string).

    So we have a very satisfying package, a very nice guitar, but on mine I was angry that two defects: the shield is insecure, that a gondola on the table of the guitar, and the selector button that falls alone if handled too (it just clips the selector) ... For a guitar that wants quality and a price so I think it is a heresy!
    So I lower the note (I will put at least 9 originally) ...

    UTILIZATION

    From the grip, one is enchanted by this beautiful blonde ...

    -The handle is initially unsettling because of its slender width, but well-marked U in thickness, but after a few hours playing, it tames it and makes fun of his velvet touch (nice polish!) and is fast, easy, thumb found a comfortable niche at the back.

    -For the treble, it is not a Flying-V, but hey, it's Fender, and it does not play! So heel "square", screws and plate forces, but it is nice, although the 22 th box lacks a bit ...

    "Then for Stratistes, forget what you know so far: No bevels, the guitar is carved into the log, the old! It's not as thick as a Les Paul, so it does not play comfortably, side weight, the guitar is pretty heavy for a Tele, but it is well balanced, the head remains in place even when assis.Les mechanical plays are vintage, so no oil bath, but take effective tuning.

    -The sound, it's simple: the guitar resonates well with the naturalness, and when you connect, you scratch ... And we listen! It Boooo!

    SOUNDS

    -The guitar is really good, we have a varied palette of sounds for a Telecaster! It's amazing! Personally, I play indie rock or progressive, and the sounds of the guitar are fine for me!

    -I play at home on the Vox DA-5, in rehearsal, on a Marshall Valvestate combo and sometimes a JCM 800. Needless to say, with a JCM is transcendent ... The limb as I live in my home studio (Boss 900 CDs), and she keeps her fabulous grain under any circumstances. If I add a tube screamer and a Dunlop Wha, I feast in psychedelic! With a delay, forward the Floyd! But what's, my ancestors!

    -In the neck position is a big surprise for me, it sounds super round, a real jazz guitar! With its clean, it is stunning, at least it is as round as Gibson!

    Then, in an intermediate position was more nuanced sound, well-typed Fender, the tone is effective and progressive, we can color the sound at will! With distortion, it sounds very rock, as a stratum in the neck position! The combination of the two microphones adds to the sound of the attack, sustain is great for single coils.

    Finally, in the bridge position, there is the "Twang" typical of Telecasters, the sound is bright without being aggressive to the ears, still alive and well kept, in distortion, it becomes a biting without being aggressive, boisterous and lively solos arpeggios in Crunch!

    In summary, this guitar is much more versatile than I thought! The sounds are varied, from jazz to the confines of Hard through the country and punk! I have not found a sound that I hate! I do not carry them all, but I can have them! It's like having butter, butter and money ... smile of the dairy!

    OVERALL OPINION

    "I use this wonder for almost 3 years and I can not get bored!

    + The mouth of the shovel
    handle
    sounds!
    small objects come with more!

    - The 2 details (énervants!!) Cited above.

    "I've tried Strats, Gibsons, but this one seems built for me! It is a delight.

    -Compared to the price, I find that some details are worth being a little more finished, but the sound and the pleasure that gives the guitar make you forget those setbacks.

    I would do without hesitation that choice!
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