To those of you that know and love this model....Welcome! To those new to this Telecaster.... Let's hear it for the rarest of them all....The American Series Ash Telecaster, (8502 Model). Manufactured only from 2003 through 2007, in Corona, Ca. USA, and based on some of the 52' RI specs, with some very modern appointments. Such as: "Modern Vintage" Pickups (only on this production model). Chrome plated brass saddles Steel Bridge plate Delta-Tone Switching Available only in Vintage Honey Blonde (black guard), and 2-tone Sunburst (white guard). Though some of the earlier Blondes had a white guard.