Fender American Original '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar (with Case)

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Go back in time to the golden age of electric guitars with this stunning Tele. A pair of Pure Vintage '52 pickups ensures the familiar warm and spanky tone.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Ash body Strong, snappy responsive tone
Maple fretboard Delivers a bright, snappy sound
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Pure Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele pickups Period-correct pickups for even feel and tone

The Fender American Original '50s Telecaster is the best way to experience the performance, style and tone that made Fender the foundation of modern music.

The ultimate blue-collar guitar, the Telecaster launched a musical revolution when Fender released it. Quickly adopted by working guitarists who were enamored with its trend-setting sound, feel and unique style, the Telecaster laid the foundation for modern country, blues and even heavy metal (in Jimmy Page's hands). The American Original '50s Telecaster has all of the authentic Fender touches that made the Telecaster a star of the studio and stage, adding modern feel and pickup switching to this classic guitar.

The Pure Vintage '52 single-coil Telecaster pickups are as period-correct as possible, from the enamel-coated coil wire to the cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbins and alnico 3 magnets. Fender even made sure the steel base plates are copper-plated, while the pickups' pole pieces are flush-mounted like the originals. The thick "U"-shaped neck profile gracefully fills the fret hand, while the 9.5"-radius fingerboard will feel familiar to any player. Other authentic touches include vintage-tall frets, original-era body radii, vintage-style hardware-including three brass barrel saddles-vintage-style hardshell case and a lacquer finish that not only lets the wood "breathe" naturally with resonant tone, it also wears in a distinctively appealing way.

- Body: Ash
- Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
- FingerBoard: Maple
- Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
- Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
- Position Inlays: Black Dots
- Dimensions: 6.4x17.5x43.8 IN
- Weight: 23.8 LB
- Series: American Original
- Body Shape: Telecaster
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: 1952 "U"
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
- Num of Frets: undefined
- Fret Size: Vintage Tall
- String Nut: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
- Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
- Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele
- Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Pickup Configuration: SS
- Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles
- Tunning Machines: Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe"
- Strings: Fender USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-488-1818

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted November 1, 2018 by Paul Grant in New Milford, CT

"A gorgeous Tele but not for everyone."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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First, this guitar is absolutely gorgeous. The woodgrain on the ash is spectacular and the maple neck is magnificent. I guess you can tell, I love this guitar. Was it set up in the best way possible, no. I have spent some time getting everything sorted on the guitar but in this day of online buying, it's to be expected. Two quick words of warning, one significant, one more of a quirk. The neck is huge and can easily be a put off for some players. I'm a bass player, first and foremost so for me, the neck is just fine but for many, I would advise you to get this guitar in your hands before you make a commitment. It's not anything like that Squire you learned on when you were a kid. The other, less important but interesting thing is, after a couple of weeks in with the guitar, I chose to go a little heavier on strings. While I had the strings off the guitar and was cleaning it, I noticed a streak in the pick guard. I licked my thumb and wiped the streak. To my horror, the gloss of the pick guard was gone where I had swiped with my thumb! Left was a matte finish where I had touched the guard with my thumb. I spoke with zZounds and they could only offer to take the guitar back, not something I wanted, at all, to do. So, I called Fender and this is what a tech who seemed to know what he was talking about had to say. The pick guard on this guitar, unlike the AVRI 52's is made of a phenolic compound that not's quite like the bakelite, and as such, reacts badly with any moisture! He said read more if you soaked the pick guard in water it would just disintegrate. So, I'm offering this little warning to people with this guitar, the pick guard is ultimately going to turn into a matte finish. Don't freak out when or how it happens. It's just a crazy quirk that comes with owning one of these faithful reissues. I guess, if you wanted to keep the shine you could always pick up a five screw bakelite pick guard for about $35 from the Pure Vintage Fender line of parts. Now, it's time to go back and play for awhile.

Musical Background:
Playing bass and guitar since the early 1970's. Rick, Fender and G&L basses. LP's, SG's, Strat
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