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Fender Japan Tele TL-52 anyone?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by pallas, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. pallas

    pallas TDPRI Member

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    Is anyone here owning a Fender Japan Telecaster 50s Reissue (TL-52)?

    Could you please tell me about the neck of this guitar, is it that really fat, chunky 50s neck? Round or V-shaped?

    I mailed to Ishibashi about the type and shape of the neck (also if they could tell me the difference between the neck of the TL-52 and the TL-62B), but they answered, that they can’t tell me the difference. :(

    Thanks!
     
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    superbadj Friend of Leo's

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    MOST TL52s have a nice, thick vee neck. But not all.

    I have two TL52s.

    One has the thick V-shaped neck that I really, really love. The second one doesn't have the vee shape, but it's more of a really full C. Both are 7.25, vintage frets.

    I also have TL62B. It's a much thinner C neck. Way thinner. Still a nice neck, but I prefer the full ones.

    I love my TL52s. Two of my best guitars, including my #1.
     
  3. pallas

    pallas TDPRI Member

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    Thank you superbadj!

    I much prefer the full C shape.

    Do you know; is there any difference in the name of the item that specifies the neck shape? Just to be sure not to order the wrong one.
     
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    holndav Friend of Leo's

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    Maybe ask for a photo of the neck?

    David
     
  6. superbadj

    superbadj Friend of Leo's

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    Nah, don't really know that. I have a TL52-80 and TL52-70. The -80 has the Vee neck. But these are both from the 90's, so specs have likely changed since then.

    FYI, AllParts necks are exactly the same as Fender Japan necks. I don't mean similar. From what I understand...they're made side-by-side at the same plants.

    THe AllParts TMO-V is the exact same neck as the lovely, thick Vee shape on my #1 TL52. I know because I had an Esquire built using that neck, and I've compared them. IDENTICAL.


    So you might want to consider going the partscaster route, using a nice body, the aftermarket pups you like, and an AllParts TMO-V. You'll get everything you're looking for, without spending more money than you likely would on a new Fender Japan model.

    If you don't want to build it/finish it, have someone else do it (my Esquire was done by Mark Jenny, who sells on Ebay under MJTele).

    Just a thought. As I said, I love my TL52s. So that's certainly a great option. Just can't help you in terms of knowing which models get which necks!
     
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    I used to have a TL52, the neck had a slimmish C profile. Not as thin as a CV, probably about the same as my Blacktop.
     
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    this is my CIJ52SPL Micawbre next to my 52RI. same U shape, but a bit thinner.
    great necks!
    [​IMG]
     
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    I got a TL52-TX. Neckprofile: U-shape. Its from 97
    Love the guitar and its quality in workmanship and wood.
     
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    Sometimes, when I sell a guitar on line over here, I place rubber bands on the neck at different frets and snap pics, really helps to show the shape a neck has...colored elastics work better for me, like dark green ones, they show up better against the maple necks.
     
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    I am definitely borrowing this tip in the future. Thanks for sharing.

    Sent from my iPhone using TDPRI
     
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    But that says that the MIM classic has a V shape, which is wrong. I have one of those necks, and it's a very nice neck. But it's not a V shape.
     
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    That is exactly what I found out meanwhile.
    The Fender Japan official website lists every Tele with an "Oval Neck" except for the VSP model.

    I'm about to order a TL52 Tele with natural finish from Ishibashi. The only thing I would like to know is how the Tele I'm going to buy really looks like.
    The photos on the webpage are only samples I was told by Grace from Ishibashi.
    Guess I'll write another mail, asking if they don't have any photos of the actual instrument.
    With a natural finish, the grain and look of the wood is crucial.
     
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    Mine was a TL-52 VNT and it had a soft V neck even though the heel was stamped with a D. The workmanship was outstanding but I just couldn't get on with the neck.
     
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    I gather from my limited experience with Ishibashi that you see a guitar you like on their website - and they check stock at all their shops for a match - the person answering web-queries may be many hundreds of miles from the guitar that actually ships.
     
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    Yes but if it is something in the U-Box, as soon as someone asks about a guitar, they place it on hold for a couple of days....at least they used to...and you can ask for more pics, they are very helpful, or were last time I used em...been a few years now.
     
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    Good point. Didn't think of the U-Box yet, but there they'll have photos showing the actual item on sale, I guess. Maybe I should check the U-Box...
     
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    I have just bought a CIJ TL-52 TX with a "Q" serial number which supposedly makes it a 2002 - 2004 model. It has a distinct soft V shape, very different from the C shape of a ~2008 TL-52 I had before.

    I would like to put in a recommendation here for the Japanese Digimart website where I got my latest TL-52TX while in Japan. If you can get someone to help you with the language it is a great place to shop, especially if you are in Japan. I ordered from a shop called Guitar Shelter in Tokyo. With typical Japanese efficiency it arrived the next morning with free shipping and perfectly packed to a city 200 km away. I paid about 58,000 yen compared to a new one at Ishibashi etc. which is about 79,000 yen I believe. Mine was rated on the website as "A" grade but I'm still looking for any nicks etc. which would mark it as not new - amazing especially as it's 10 years old. So, I saved a few hundred dollars and got an as-new guitar.

    By the way, the one I just bought has a whitish USB finish which doesn't seem to be offered any more on this model.
     
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    Digimart is a place where many shops list their goods, and last time I checked, most won`t ship abroad.
     
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    I have a TL-52US from around 2008 which has a very nice neck indeed. It is a C-section, quite full but not overly thick, but what distinguishes it are the fingerboard edges. These are not sharp and "square" like many Fender maple necks, but have a slight roll to them, which makes the neck extremely comfortable to play. The whole guitar is beautifully made; I would say the build quality is superior overall to that of my American Vintage '62 Custom Reissue. Needless to say it sounds great too.

    I bought mine from the UK specialist private importer John Blackman at Far East Guitars. He doesn't keep big stocks but his website is worth checking out now and then.
     
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