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Vintage Hot Rod 52 Question

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg TDPRI Member

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    I recently acquired a vintage hot rod 52 telecaster. It appeared in mint condition and ticked all the boxes. I notice the pick guard is high gloss. I saw another one somewhere with a matt finish. For those of you who have seen these or have one, would you say the pick guard is more like satin/Matt, or high gloss? Maybe they came differently in different years.
     
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  2. mojek

    mojek Tele-Meister

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    My 52 avri is satin/matt..
     
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    Same.

    Tip: disconnect the neck mini humbucker from the tone pot and set it low. Best balance of everything.
     
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  4. burtonfan

    burtonfan Tele-Afflicted

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    I bought mine new in 2010, it came with the gloss pick guard. I immediately swapped it out for a hand-tooled black leather guard which looks "matt".

    I love the guitar as much today as when I bought it. Pure classic!
     
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  5. mojek

    mojek Tele-Meister

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    The best and the only mod i made;)
     
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    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    Mine is from the first batch of 52 Hot Rods. I wouldn’t call the pick guard a high gloss, but it is more gloss than matt.

    I went the other direction on pickups. I replaced the bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan BG1400, replaced the posts with 250kOhm pots, and added a 5 way (N, NB, B with tone, B no tone and B cocked wah positions). Good tones from the factory, great tones with the new setup. Overall, a wonderful guitar.
     
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    While we are on it...

    Here's mine. I swapped out the body which was a touch heavy to a new ash one in ultra thin nitro LPB.
    I simply swapped out the body (I'm keeping the original body, of course). It made the guitar much louder acoustically.

    As I mentioned I took the mini hum out of the tone stack and actually this is wired as per the original broadcaster with the tone pot as a blend. The sweetest spot is with the mini hum blended in by a touch like 1/5. You get the growl and bite of the broadcaster type bridge pickup with the sweetness and beef of the mini hum.


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  8. Chicken Curry

    Chicken Curry Tele-Meister

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    Where does the Hot Rod fit in within the Tele line of guitars?
     
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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The old USA Fender American Vintage line. Was produced for a shorter period than the regular AV models.
     
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    I have a hot rod in black with the white pick guard. bought new. it is gloss, not matte.
     
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    John C Friend of Leo's

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    Yep; the Hot Rods were extensions of/additions to the AVRI series.

    Personally I consider the current American Originals to be more of a current version of the old mid-2000s-early 2013 Hot Rod series than to be a current version of the AV series (referring to the AV series of August 2012-2017).
     
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    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I owned 2 different 52 hotrod teles and one AO50's tele. My opinion based on my experience is the A)50's has a better neck (at least for my preference) but the 52 hotrod was better quality over all. I'm not impressed with the AO series quality having also owned and returned a A)50 strat whose quality wasn't as good as what I've seen in the Vintera series.
     
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