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Fender American Original '50s Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde, Left Hand

The much loved Fender Telecaster, the original workhorse guitar - reliable, functional, charismatic. Capturing the very soul of a '52 model, this guitar takes the best of the Tele's early incarnation, and adds a few modern updates - the best of both worlds? We certainly think so.

Allowing its true tonal characteristics to ring out, the solid, sturdy, and typically comfortable Ash body features a classic Butterscotch Blonde finish in period correct gloss Nitrocellulose - something which will also allow age and wear to create a distinctively personal guitar. The Thick "U” shaped Maple neck profile is every bit as precise and comfortable as was originally intended, while the 6105 style Tall Vintage frets and a 9.5" radius not only make this American Original Tele feel pleasantly familiar, but also extremely playable.

The classic Tele spank is in full force here with period correct Fender tone being provided by two Pure Vintage ‘52 single-coil Telecaster pickups - within which enamel coated coil wire, cloth covered output wire, fibre bobbins and Alnico V magnets, ensure that the 1950s vibe of these these authentically voiced pickups is much more than just skin deep. Likewise, from the machine heads to jack socket, every piece of hardware stays true to the original.

Features
  • Ash body with lacquer finish
  • Two Pure Vintage ‘52 single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • Thick "U” shaped neck profile; 9.5” radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; Telecaster bridge with three steel saddles
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case

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


    What Fender say:

    Rather than focussing on specific model years, the American Originals have cherry picked a number of features from across a certain decade and combined this with modern features such as a 9.5" Radius on the Fretboard, and 6105 style Tall Vintage frets for a lower action that won't fret-out on bends. This Vintage Modern approach combines classic old school features like thin skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer and meticulously reproduced period correct pickups with some modern electronics and neck profiles.

    The ultimate blue-collar guitar, the Telecaster launched a musical revolution when we 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. We 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: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Neck Shape: "U" Shape
    • Number of Frets: 21
    • Fret Size: Tall Vintage
    • Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
    • Fretboard: Maple
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    • Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
    • Bridge Pickup: New American Vintage '52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
    • Neck Pickup: New American Vintage '52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
    • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
    • -Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • -Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • -Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    • Hardware: Chrome
    • Bridge: Original Vintage Tele® Bridge with 3 Brass Saddles
    • String Nut: Bone
    • Tuning Machines: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
    • Switch Tip: Barrel Style Switch Tip
    • Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
    • Unique Features:
    • -Slightly lighter Butterscotch Blonde finish
    • -Large maple neck with re-sculpted U-shaped profile and comfortably rolled edges
    • -All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound
    • -"Barrel" switch tip and knurled chrome domed control knobs
    • Case: New Deluxe Vintage Tweed Case included
    • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
    • Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Round Dome
    • -Owner's Manual
    • -Saddle Height Wrench

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