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

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.
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- 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)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Butterscotch Blonde
Shipping Weight: 23.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 17 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FEN 0110132 850
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818
(4 ratings)
Submitted March 17, 2018 by Hans Friedel in Lone Tree, CO
"Fender American Original '50s Telecaster"
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I just received a brand new American Original 50s Telecaster. First, the good. Having owned and purchased several of the AVRI 52s from zZounds and others, I can definitely say there are some improvements with this new series. The 9.5" neck radius is great, and the vintage tall frets a definite improvement. I A-B'd this guitar against a 2017 52 reissue and the pickups were a bit hotter/louder and more articulate. Most of would agree that's a good thing. Another improvement (to me) is that the wood grain shows through on this guitar unlike the previous, late model 52's which had a sunburst undercoat. It looks much like the Fender Elite Ash Teles in this regard. Overall fit and finish are excellent.Second, the bad... the nut was incorrectly cut/installed from the factory so that the low E string is basically hanging off the edge of the fretboard. I had this issue one other time with Fender on an Eric Johnson Strat, but that was the high e string was popping out and over the edge. This is ridiculous on a $1799 guitar. Send it back down the assembly line, recut and reinstall a nut. Compounding the issue, zZounds no longer has serialization on these guitars. Previously you could select the lightest, prettiest serial number and purchase that specific instrument. I was worried that I would receive an 8 lb brick of a Tele. Fortunately, it was light at 7.3 lbs with beautiful patterning and even some flaming on the neck. Its also the last one and they are on back order.So read more I would love a partial refund to get a new nut cut for this guitar (about $100) as I don't want to roll the dice on another one or wait an indefinite period of time.Still, I played a new American 60s Telecaster, blue and double bound at a local retailer, and it was boss. I think the quality is inherent on these, it's just getting some of the details right. That guitar was flawless. I'd recommend this guitar with the caution that you might have to spend a little to get it set up and correct minor issues.

Musical Background:
20 years, several bands, mostly amateur home practice now

Musical Style:
Indie rock, alt-country.
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