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For thumb-behind players who like a good, solid neck in the hand, this Tele's '50s "U" profile is aces. Where the American Original '50s Telecaster has the advantage over a classic '52 is its enlarged 9.5" (from 7.25") fingerboard radius, which allows for upper-register leads and bends with less risk of fretting out.
These Pure Vintage '52 single-coils are as period correct as they come, from the fiber bobbins and Alnico III magnets right down to the enamel-coated coil wire and cloth-covered output wires. The steel base plates are even copper-plated for authenticity. The woody twang and delicate dynamics of the American classic are reborn in this stunning tribute.
This Tele gets an extra dash of '50s authenticity with its ash body and nitrocellulose lacquer finish, which doesn't just let the wood breathe, but permits authentic wear as it ages. If you're looking for a modern player with '50s inspiration, look no further than the Fender American Original '50s Telecaster from Sweetwater.