Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar

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Obtaining an original Telecaster from the 1950s is going to set you back quite a few bones, but with the Vintage Hot Rod ’52 Telecaster, Fender has provided guitarists with a way to hold a brand new instrument that has all of the appeal and character of an instrument that has lived through more than a dozen presidential terms. And we won’t blame you if you can’t tell the difference between the Hot Rod and the real thing either; its premium ash body, vintage-style Fender/Gotoh tuners, and natural wood-enhancing lacquer finish not only make this thing look like it just stepped out of a time machine from the 50s, but sounds like it, too.

Part of that sound comes from the Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini-Humbucker pickup in the neck position and a custom-wound Tele pickup in the bridge. This deadly combination means you can make this guitar scream if necessary, but there are also some remarkably clean and smooth sounding tones you’ll have at your disposal as well. Medium jumbo frets and a satin-finish back of the neck give this guitar an extremely easy feel when it comes to playing and maneuvering up and down the fretboard. Looking forward is always a good practice for musicians, but sometimes you can take a cue from yesterday to attain the ultimate guitar playing experience.Rating: 4.5/5

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