This is a vintage 1952 Fender Telecaster in very fine 100% all original condition! This exceptional example includes the original “thermometer” case, original “ash tray” bridge cover, original leather strap, original gray instrument cable, original polish cloth and original packaged string. Procuring an original owner ’52 Tele is becoming increasingly more mythical as time goes on, but finding a one owner ’52 Tele in such remarkable condition might not be possible again! This is probably the nicest ’52 Tele I’ve ever seen, and while it is not quite mint condition, the cosmetic shape is absolutely incredible. Please take the time to scroll through all the photos, as my limited vocabulary can’t begin to properly describe such an absolute treasure.
Serial Number: 5060 (on bridge plate)
Potentiometer Codes: 140238 (Clarostat)
Neck Date: “T.G. 10-24-52” (Tadeo Gomez)
Body Date: “Eddie 8-22-52”
Weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz.
Neck Pickup Resistance/Output: 5.54Î©
Bridge Pickup Resistance/Output: 6.63Î©
This ’52 Fender Telecaster features: a maple neck, a 1-piece Ash body, the original butterscotch blonde finish, the bakelite “black guard” pickguard, “no-line” Kluson tuning machines, knurled chrome-plated brass knobs, combination of both slot and phillips head screws, early 1″ 12th fret dot separation.
As previously mentioned, this exceptional example is in 100% all original condition. To offer several different levels of photographic documentation, I used two different Canon cameras: a point-and-shoot and a 5D MKII. Also, the exposure is set differently on a variety of photos offering emphasis on color, detail and condition. The first set of photos accurately reflects the guitar’s true color, while the up-close shots posted below really capture the best detail. No one photo can ultimately capture the essence of any guitar, but hopefully the 150+ included can accurately express an accomplished portrait.
There are, however, limits to this technology, as these photos will not convey the ever-important non-visual aspects. Tactile and audible dynamics must be verbalized, and while it is largely a matter of opinion, I will do my best.
Granted this guitar is more of a collector’s investment-grade item than a player’s main practice guitar, but at it’s core, it is a guitar. And boy is it a great one… If you’re not a Tele fanatic, this ’52 will convert you. The true test was initially passed with a series of acoustic strums. Without plugging the guitar into an amp, the guitar is highly resonant and loud. That’s a great sign, but it is not an acoustic guitar after all, and requires the ultimate Tweed Deluxe exam.. and with a monstrous musical tone that rivals Gibson’s with humbuckers, the guitar exploded with an efficient and well-balanced tone that is one part Tele Twang and another part P-90 power. Never harsh nor bright, the bridge position alone is worth trading everything you own… and it might not be a bad idea. The dark soothing sound of the neck pickup is perfectly balanced with the output level of the bridge pickup, and it highly compliments it as well.
The neck does not feature the assumed large “baseball bat-like” profile, rather, it is nicely shaped to a more generally accessible medium-size fit. The frets have plenty of life left, and the action is quite low, so with all of the aforementioned qualities, the guitar plays like a dream. It is surprisingly comfortable and really is unreal in that sense. Other early Teles can have stiff action and less manipulable playability, but this one feels better than the most fine-tuned Custom Shop creations.
The importance of this exact guitar has forever impacted music and the World as we know it. It is the solid-body guitar that started it all. Furthermore, ask anyone who has had the good fortune of owning, or even playing, an early-50’s Tele, as the consensus suggests there is something quite special about the early ones, and in that respect it’s true. Both magical and mysterious yet simple and obvious, this is the guitar that inspired more than just guitarists… it represented a complete paradigm shift in popular music.