Built in the USA by Fender this is a superb example of a ’52 Telecaster finished in Bronze Metalic lustre with a silky smooth gloss maple neck and comes complete with the legendary ‘ashtray’ detachable saddle cover in a tweed case.
This is what the Fender Factory says about this guitar:
‘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.
Nowhere is this re-dedication to detail more evident than on the American Vintage ’52 Telecaster® guitar, 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 Telecaster specimens we examined. Premium features include an ash body with a singe-ply black pickguard and thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Bronze, 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.’
Here’s what Keith says. ‘Another purchase made in 1999, this was my first Telecaster from the USA. I had a Jerry Donahue signature model that was built in the Far East and although it was well made it did not have the presence of the USA model, nor the tonal quality. Played through my AC 30 with a Boss ’59 Bassman pedal it produces a rich, clean 60’s tone that is perfect for covers from the era. Tuned to Open G it also sounds amazingly similar to Keith Richards’ McCauber Telecaster on Start Me Up and Brown Sugar.’
This guitar is in ‘as new’ condition, maintained by Peter Allen of Patrick Eggle fame, it’s a beauty to play whatever style you like.
There is a Certificate of Authenticity with this Guitar and it comes in a Tweed case with Orange soft liner.