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.

mu75 12/21/2012

Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster [1998-2012] : mu75's user review

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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.