2002 Fender 52 Reissue Telecaster (USA)

The Blue Book Says:

’52 REISSUE TELECASTER (U.S. MFG. NO. 010-0202/010-1303)

– single cutaway light ash body based on the 1952 Telecaster, bolt-on maple neck, 21-fret maple fingerboard with black dot inlay, vintage-style fixed bridge with cover, black pickguard, two American Vintage single coil pickups, two knobs (v, tone) and a three-way switch mounted on a metal plate, chrome hardware, available in Black (1998-2000), Butterscotch Blonde, or Copper (1998-99) finish, mfg. 1982-present.

 

I say:

I love these Telecasters – they have lovely rounded neck and feel so solid in the hand.

This one has little/no wear to the frets, the lacquered fingerboard is unchipped, the body and neck show few – if any – signs of wear.  I can find no chips, dents or scratches anywhere on this.

Electronic configuration is the original ’52 wiring where the forward position on the toggle gives the neck pickup with a low pass filter applied.  The middle position is the neck pickup alone, and the back position is the bridge alone.

Personally I’d use the enclosed (original) conversion kit to convert is to the more “current”  pickup selector set of N, N+B, B!  However in the interests of selling this as original, I’ve left it alone.

The unmarked case has the original certificate of authenticity, strap, jack lead, cleaning cloth and paperwork.

If you’re a collector  – it’s a great example of the breed – with all it’s bits and bobs intact.

If you’re a player – it’s a great example of  what was possibly Fender’s first and best design!