1982 fullerton telecaster 52 reissue

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  1. IanMcCallum

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    Hey guys,
    I've just been getting back into guitar after a 5 year break.
    I'm been working on reestablishing a proper stable of guitars again and just was able to grab a 1982 52 reissue fullerton last night.

    1) It appears the neck pick up wiring is different and was told the neck pick up was likely replaced.

    2) Are these desirable teles? I'm actually kind of blown away by the build quality.

    3) The frets are getting a little low, how short were they from the factory. When should I replace them?

    4) most of the cases I've saw with these were red but some looked orange, is the case likely original with the guitar?

    Thanks in advanced for any input.

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  2. davidge1

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    Doesn't get any nicer. Don't replace anything but the strings.
     
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  3. Fretting out

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    Yes they are desirable!

    First year reissue! Worth about 4,000 dollars these days

    How do you know it’s an 82? Does it have a serial on the bridge? The ones from 82 usually have “vintage” or a date on the head of the neck

    And welcome aboard!
     
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  4. IanMcCallum

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    On the back of the neck with the stamp it has it penciled in, not all of them had the vintage stamp on the neck, mine had it on the neck pocket.
     
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    Oh! Now I see it!

    Sweet

    Do you know if it has vintage wiring, or has it been changed to modern, I think they came wired the vintage way?

    Edit: now I see the vintage stamp too, I missed those details
     
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    I am just still dissecting it now, it's very clear the neck pick up was replaced and not the best solder job. I will have to do some research to see if the pots have been changed.
    I am pretty sure by the wiring the bridge pick up looks original with the guitar. The previous owner didn't know everything about it, I wanted it badly enough I was just willing to take a gamble on it.
     

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  7. Dacious

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    That may be a Twisted Tele neck.pickup. The third wire is the cover ground.

    The first model reissues are climbing in value - bear in mind, it's forty years old and that looks super clean. It's worth looking for an original neck pickup to hold onto. I wouldn't put the wiring back to standard.
     
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    Thanks so much for the kind words, I will try to obtain a fullterton era neck pick up to put in the case for the future.
    If you want to sell one let me know =D.
     
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    Fullerton pickups won't be cheap. I'd get a Fender Original Vintage (OV) Neck Pickup - that's pretty close to what the stock Neck Pickup would have been.
     
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    Nice guitar and amp! Congrats & enjoy playing!
     
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