Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster

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Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster, TLC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Vintage Hot Rod Telecaster series.

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Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Model: Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
  • Series: Vintage Hot Rod Telecaster
  • Category: TLC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 01/15/2007

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Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster user reviews

Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 6 reviews )
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 1 user review17 %
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James...'s review"hot rod looker"

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
Thin-skin nitrocellulose finish
Premium ash body
1-piece maple neck
U-shape profile with satin finish on back
9.5" fingerboard radius
21 medium-jumbo frets
25.5" scale length
Nut width: 1.650"
Chrome hardware
Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
Vintage-style Tele bridge with 3 compensated brass saddles
1-ply black pickguard
Custom Vintage Tele bridge pickup
Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker neck pickup
3-position blade pickup selector
Master volume and tone controls
Setup with Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel strings (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)


First thing is first. This is a really good looking guitar. It's understated with just enough flair to look cool in a live situation. I don't think I could change a thing about it in terms of looks. Seriously. Just a sick looking guitar. Forget road worn series. Just buy one of these and beat it up on a tour.

Now I'm not a fan of the vintage style bridge. I've never liked old style fender bridges no matter the guitar. They are not practical. Period. Not a deal breaker or anything but it's annoying. The rest of the hardware seems very nice. Tuners are pretty good. Electronics are solid. Fretwork is good. I'm torn on whether or not I like the neck radius or not. It's a little small for what I'm used to. This is every bit as good as a guitar of this price should be. It's not quite up to Ibanez Prestige standards, but it's close.


I'm using mine with a Hughes and kettner Duotone combo and a small rack of effects. Mostly mounted pedals being run through a GCX switcher. The bridge pickup is basically your typical tele sound. It's wound a bit hotter though. So you can get those springstein sounds where you need a little more roar. The mini humbucker sounds a lot like a cross between a P90 and a single coil from a strat. Lots of mids and treble with rumbling lows and growly tone. Not exactly suited for cleans but then again this is a HOT ROD guitar. I use mine for indie rock type stuff. It's pretty versatile though. You can feasibly use it for most any genre.


What I like the most is how good it looks. But it also sounds pretty darn good too. I've never quite been at home with the feel of a tele, but it's something I tolerate. I guess I'm just more of a les paul kind of dude. The value for the price I think is pretty good. Obvious play it before you buy to make sure you don't get a dud.

loudfunk's review"What a surprise...."

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
The Tele that Fender should've conceived in the first place...
Mini bucker in the neck, Tele bridge pick-up both by Seymour Duncan, 9 1/2 ich radius on the board, 3 way selector, volume, tone. 3 barrel ashtray bridge. Ash body, one piece maple neck and board, 21 frets. And that's all she wrote. What a Tele should be.


It's a Tele. You literally love it or hate it. From the strident top-end to the twangy bottom end. But...this one actually shreds. You can do all kinds of silly over the top things on it and it plays more like a 80s Super Start than a vintage Tele. So I guess you get Tele vibe with modern performance feel.


I played this with my normal rack set-up and amps, as well direct with the Axe-Fx Ultra and Axe Fx 2.
The amps I love this guitar with is little low wattage things I can crank the snot out of. Like a 20 watt marshall TMB clone or a THD UniValve.
It's also super fun with a 100 watt Marshall or a Black face Bassman.
There is a reason they call the Tele a "Man's guitar". You have to kinda wrestle the amp so it doesn't run away whistling at the end of every note. On the other hand it will nicely slice though the mix in bands with lots of instruments. Without having to be ungodly loud. And since it's a Tele the volume and tone knob lay-out/position let you do volume swells or fake way sounds without running to the pedal board.


What I like the most about it that it feels, plays and sounds great.
What I like the least is that as always there'd no arm contour so having the body edge in your right fore arm all night long can take some getting used to.
The other down side is just the same with all guitars with single coils. When you play anywhere with bad power you fight noise an awful lot. But then at least in this case you have the neck hum bucker to get your though that gig.

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

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
US Manufacturing
1 micro mini humbucker Seymour Duncan handle
1 micro single Fender "Custom Vintage" easel
3 vintage bridge jumpers
Channel maple, radius 9 1/2
Ash body first choice


I was looking for LA solid body can afford to play the Jazz AND other styles (funk, blues, soul ...).
I found my happiness.
I was in a tent, but the radius RI 52 7 1/4 repelled me. Plus, I have a handle prfrais humbucker. When the model hot rod came out, so I thought that Fender had invented specially for me.
The neck is super enjoyable to play. The guitar is lightweight and balance.


The guitar is just fabulous. I'll stepfather excessive, but for me this is THE electric guitar.
The rsonnance is great. You feel it vibrate against itself (which for a solid body is really rare). The quality of the wood easel combines three bridges gives a very nice rsonnance the instrument. We can play in the clear without reverb without problem.
The neck pickup can give the Jazz without problem. And if you take the idea of ​​playing blues, you'll really be transport.
The bridge pickup has a very interesting grain. He can do in blues Danny Gatton, or adding a bit of overdrive give her the Bill Frisell.


I use it now for some nearly six months.
I tried tons of guitars before acqurir, solid-body, semi-boxes, Thinline etc ...
I think I made the right choice. In jazz, it has nothing to envy Jazz guitars, but in addition, you can play many other styles with his magic.
Really, this is the best guitar I've given t play Until now (and I'm fifteen skyscraper behind me).

KirKill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" top télécaster"

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
Everything is said in the previous comments, I have nothing more to add, the weird thing is that on the bridge when the guitar looks seen holes on the sides to get high ... this is not very serious either but hey it's the small detail that I was shocked at first




Well I love the Telecaster I already own an American Standard and American Series 60th 92, this one is above the rest, despite the tuning on my old shovels with micro Original Vintage Nocaster and the sustain is on Hot Rod mortal, the U-shaped bag is awesome "Alice it slips," the Duncan brings a touch with his bigger, comes in, humbucking requires is a real killer, here we are in another dimension that n ' has nothing to do so after must love the fans of pure single coil will be be disappointed, the bridge pickup is great is a Custom Vintage I think he was working for this coupled with Duncan, ALTHOUGH it is in it offers more dynamic and deep, mids stand out is truly amazing ... I think the bridge with brass saddles must also provide a key thing that I did not test it on my American Standard


If you have the chance to test the one made on the other hand after it is difficult to give up on the spot ... it is your own risk, I went to the base to test a Paisley Telecaster, it was there I would say I'm going to try it until then suddenly the Paisley I even try so I stayed on the ass with this, the finish is really good I love the color with satin finish gives it a beast of mouth, I caught him in ocasse to € 1,300 is hardly more expensive American Standard new in a store, there is a Telecaster cons doped after hormone must love, I think fans will love Keith Richards after for fans of Jeff Buckley that may be too comes in, but complement in a config it will place largely

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